May 20, 2017 at 7:15AM

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Is it okay to recreate someone else's short film?

Hi Folks,
I hope everyone is doing fine.

I want to know whether it's fine to recreate someone's else's short film?
Why do I want to recreate?
So the thing is I have concepts in my mind but bringing that concept to film will take a lot of time and lot of resources, which I am yet not accessible to.
Until then for practice purpose and just so that you are not wasting a time, is it okay to recreate someone else's short film?

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Yeah, that's very okay. Instead of recreating it shot by shot though, you should do a reinterpretation. I think it will be more satisfying to make something that has your style built into it.

May 22, 2017 at 1:33PM

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Alex Alva
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I wouldn't do it. I'd feel like I was imposing on their copyright. Unless your version was a parody version. But then it only works if the original film was well known enough for your audience notice yours is a parody.

There's nothing wrong with being inspired by someone else short film. Just rewrite it your own way. As mentioned above, it would be more satisfying to put your own style into it.

Hope that helps

Ben Kumanovski
Director | Cinematographer
www.globalpictures.com.au

May 22, 2017 at 3:43PM

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Ben Kumanovski
Director | Cinematographer
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Yeah yeah, I don't want to impose anything as it is, that would just be very foolish as a filmmaker. I am just inspired by his concept and the way he has put it on screen.
By he, I mean Skyler Lawson. He shot this very short film on OCD named Captum.

Here is the link-
https://vimeo.com/154731047
Would like to know your thoughts on it.

May 23, 2017 at 2:18AM

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Dilip Suthar
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You didn't state what you intend to do with your re-creation of someone else's film. If you want to do it just as an exercise, it's an excellent idea and time honored learning exercise. If you look to distribute someone else's copyrighted work, you might want to get some legal advice.

May 23, 2017 at 12:03PM

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Hi Garry, by recreating I mean using the same concept.
And consider the original film as the benchmark.

May 23, 2017 at 1:27PM

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Dilip Suthar
Editor and Cinematographer
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In short, no. Come up with something on your own.

I would really consider the meaning of the word "inspired".

Also, that film is just an art piece. It barely has a concept, and if the concept is "OCD", then the filmmaker doesn't know what OCD actually is. So as far as "stealing" a "concept" from this piece, I don't really think there's anything to steal. What, exactly, are you planning on doing with the concept? What appeals to you about this piece?

June 18, 2017 at 3:08AM, Edited June 18, 3:08AM

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Edmund Lloyd
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Hi, Edmund.
So yeah what I see in that short film or art piece- Breakdown of his fears or his consciousness. Like when the film ends he sees himself on the other side which I think says that he is afraid of himself. What I especially liked about this piece, are the visuals and the way he shot it.

And what I am planning to do- Well, I read bunch of after effects of OCD. And this film exactly does that. So I am planning to make one elaborative short-film based on this concept. This film just gives me the visual reference of how my film can look.

P.S- I am very glad that you came through my question and took the time to give your feedback. I have read your feedback and answers to other folks queries and they are very honest and brutal in a good way.

June 22, 2017 at 3:49AM

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Dilip Suthar
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