September 9, 2016 at 2:40AM


Difference in story - short/feature film

Hey guys -

Currently working on some film theory.

I'm writing about difference in Story between Shorts & Feature films.

I was wondering what you guys thought about the subject?

I've so far discussed literal length, depth of the story (if that is at all applicable), Character arc, characters, scope etc.

Would love to hear what you guys think about the difference between short/feature films (technical/story based)


A great short tells you everything you need to know about a character. It is a more portrait than story (but it can be story-as-portrait).

A great feature tells a great story (which usually includes some compelling characters). But its more about the story and the world of the story.

My $0.02.

September 9, 2016 at 6:34AM, Edited September 9, 6:34AM


Thanks bro, appreciate it :)

September 9, 2016 at 9:47AM


Worth a question, do you think a short can be more than just a portrait however?

September 9, 2016 at 9:48AM


Consider all the PIXAR shorts, especially "Jack Jack Attack" from The Incredibles or Sanjay's Super Team. They each tell a very short story, with a conflict and a resolution. But what they mostly do is to deeply render the characters, much more than the richness of the story.

A feature's story can do much more than paint a portrait-it can contain enough inconsistencies that the story itself stands alongside the characters.

September 9, 2016 at 12:42PM


Thanks man, I appreciate your comments :)

September 13, 2016 at 4:07AM


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