February 1, 2018 at 1:42PM

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Hi I am interested in making in a short film, but am finding it difficult to write the script and lengthen the tension. Could anyone give me some tips on this ?

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Yes, Roman, the short film is arguably the most difficult form to write. That being said, when it comes to creating tension, it's same for a short film as it is for anything. The tension comes from good characters, opposition, etc., you just have less time to achieve it. There's the rub.
I suggest having a look at the old "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" shows. They were all about creating tension as fast and for as long as possible. The pace of screen narrative is much faster now so those half-hour shows could play out in 10 minutes today, but I think you can get the idea.
Also, because audiences are more sophisticated now, short films are expected to be different or special in terms of concept. I find the best short films are a unique concept set up and resolved with economy and surprise. When you boil it down, good writing is just good writing -- nothing ever replaces it.

February 7, 2018 at 9:42AM

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Yes, Roman, the short film is arguably the most difficult form to write. That being said, when it comes to creating tension, it's same for a short film as it is for anything. The tension comes from good characters, opposition, etc., it's just that you have less time to achieve it. There's the rub.
I suggest having a look at the old "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" shows. They were all about creating tension as fast and for as long as possible. The pace of screen narrative is much faster now so those half-hour shows could play out in 10 minutes today, but I think you can get the idea.
Also, because audiences are more sophisticated now, short films are expected to be different or special in terms of concept. I find the best short films are a unique concept set up and resolved with economy and surprise. When you boil it down, good writing is just good writing -- nothing ever replaces it.

February 7, 2018 at 9:43AM

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Yes, Roman, the short film is arguably the most difficult form to write. That being said, when it comes to creating tension, it's same for a short film as it is for anything. The tension comes from good characters, opposition, etc., it's just that you have less time to achieve it. There's the rub.
I suggest having a look at the old "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" shows. They were all about creating tension as fast and for as long as possible. The pace of screen narrative is much faster now so those half-hour shows could play out in 10 minutes now, but I think you can get the idea.
Also, because audiences are more sophisticated now, short films are expected to be different or special in terms of concept. I find the best short films are a unique concept set up and resolved with economy and surprise. When you boil it down, good writing is just good writing -- nothing ever replaces it.

February 7, 2018 at 12:20PM

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