September 17, 2014 at 6:40AM


Any idea for a short film?

I want to make a short film, so I need some suggestion.My biggest challenge as yet is story and direction as well as cinematography .


I've produced a few shorts, and have worked on many many more. I guess somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 all together. Most of them were so bad than they never saw the light of day. The ones that did surface were most commonly a third or fourth short for that particular director.

My point is, I don't think it's uncommon for someone to feel the frustrations you are feeling. It's like someone saying, "I want to build a piano from scratch, how do I do that?"

My best advice is to make the thing. Do it the best that you can, and learn from it. If it's not great, be willing to try again, and again until you make something you are proud of.

I don't imagine anyone on this board is going to give you any of their story ideas. Those are precious. So you are going to have to come up with something on your own. I find that the best stories start with a feeling. So what I usually do is take whatever the main feeling I'm having at any given moment, and put it in a different scenario.

Here are some links to NFS posts that I've found helpful.

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As far as direction and cinematography goes, that's a matter of taste. If you are directing the film yourself, you will have to make choices about these things. My only real advice is to always be serving the story. You'll likely make mistakes, and wish you had done something differently (I know I do), but that's kind of the point of making short films. The more you do it, the more you learn. It can be a slow process because a lot of what you learn is what not to do, but if your passionate about making films you'll learn with time.

Good luck! I hope your short is the first of many outstanding films you make. Just make sure you make the thing. I know a lot of people who talk about making films but rarely do it. Be a doer, not just a talker.

If you're just looking to make a film, and you need some inspiration a lot of people love the 48 hour film competition. It forces you to make something in one weekend, and rewards you by playing your film in a theater screening. It's a low time commitment (although you might not sleep for a weekend), wont cost much because everyone involved must be a volunteer, and makes you make something. Good or bad, it will be done in 48 hours.

September 17, 2014 at 7:32AM

Douglas Henderson

I am not getting any idea of story for my short film . I particular I like to make a romantic short film in which a young girl falls in love with way too older man than her. But, I am struck at the story.

September 25, 2014 at 7:01AM


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