November 18, 2017 at 12:19PM


What's the difference between a music video and a short film?

Where do you draw the line? What about festivals; how do they perceive things?

Does it make a difference?


Well, it might sound obvious, but my guess is that the most important thing in a short film is a story. The viewer must arrive at the end of it somewhat changed (if only for a few minutes) - changed attitude, an aspect of a worldview. The music (if any) is only a supplement adding to the effect. The purpose of the music video is to illustrate and highlight the music itself - song/melody leads the way. It does not necessarily have to communicate something, just reinforce the impression that music gives.

November 20, 2017 at 12:39AM

Darren Beauchamp
Graphic Designer

Yeah, to jump in and add. A short film might have music but the music is there to support the story and visuals. The viewer comes away thinking that was a nice story, etc. Music video has visuals or a story, etc to support the music. Viewer comes away thinking, what a nice song.

As to where to draw the line, that's up to you. Or don't draw them at all.

November 29, 2017 at 12:46AM


Now I know the difference between them. You can share this info here. I think it's a good idea.

April 8, 2020 at 3:41AM


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