One of the first accomplishments most filmmakers check off their list is the short film. If you’ve never made a short film, you’re in luck. Not only are there a gazillion film festivals that offer a short movie program, but with so many websites, like YouTube and Meta Cafe’, you have the ability to reach a global audience.
MAKE SOME MORE SHORT FILMS
In the old days, the short movie was often projected in theaters before the feature presentation. Then later, the short movie seemed to disappear. The market for shorts wasn’t great. And it was almost impossible to make money with a short film – so finding investors for a short was super challenging.
While I can’t say that the economics of short movie making has improved dramatically, I have noticed an emergence of viral marketing associated with fun movies, as well as short web series which remind me of the old-old-old days when radio filled the airwaves with Saturday morning serials.
But regardless, the short movie is still great training ground for feature filmmakers. And if you haven’t yet made a short, you can make the process simple or complex. The following action steps should help:
- In the event you have not yet made a short movie, write one or two page scripts and then produce your story on a borrowed camcorder.
- Edit the footage on a friend’s computer.
- Upload the footage to video sites like YouTube. Test audience reaction. Is it good or bad? Learn from it. Then make another video… Then another… Then another.
- Once you feel confident with short storytelling, move on to bigger and bigger projects.
- Keep pushing yourself. Keep refining and learning!
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If you follow these steps and continually work to improve your movie making craft, you’ll be much more prepared than the guy who never made a short, who maxes out his credit cards to make his first feature.
So, you can choose to make your mistakes now, or make them later. It’s up to you. But regardless, GET MOVING!