THREE REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD MAKE A SHORT FILM
Short films are a very unique aspect of filmmaking. For one, they’re short. Some of the best short films are as short as five minutes and as long as twenty minutes. Not long at all, right? Filmmakers make short films for various reasons and in this article we will address Three Reasons Why You Should Make A Short Film.
Without further ado:
1) IT’S PRACTICE
Yes. Making a short film is practice. It’s your preparation for the big league (feature films). Think about it, no professional can get to play among the best without practicing. Therefore, why would you expect any different as a filmmaker?
Make short film after short film, it’s practice. And when you’re not practicing someone else is. And they’re getting better and better while you’re not. Avoid that and practice.
One of the many beautiful things about making short films is that you get to experiment. In big budget/studio movies you don’t get to experiment. Everything is pretty much laid out from every camera angle to the length of each take to costumes, everything!
But when you’re making a short film you can experiment all through the film from pre production to post production. You’ll be amazed at how much you’ll learn and how great you’ll feel that you were able to make decisions based on your gut and not necessarily by just what’s mandated on a sheet of paper or by some executive.
3) DISCOVER YOUR STYLE.
Before you make your first film you will not know what your style is or even if you have one. The only way to discover so is to make films…and we recommend short films first. It’s safe to say that every film director has a style, certainly the great ones do. Even though some film directors may not want to accept that they have a style, they do.
And having a style is not a bad thing. It’s not pigeonholing a film director. It’s actually a compliment because you’re saying that their work is recognizable and distinct. Discover your style by making short films. More often than not, your viewer(s) will identify your style before you do.
Looking to delve deeper into the making of a short film process? If so, we recommend you check out How Not To Make A Short Film: Secrets From A Sundance Programmer. The book is written by Roberta Munroe. She was the Short Film Programmer at Sundance Film Festival for five years.
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