Many filmmakers waste months and years trying to make everything perfect. These same filmmakers fill their closets with valuable camera gear that collects dust and never gets used. If that’s you, stop it. I know making a movie is scary. Your first few short films will suck. This is part of the process… You must first get all the sucky short films out of your system.
With that said, one of the easiest things you can do is come up with funny short film ideas. For virtually no money, you can get together with some friends and make your short. Once complete you can put it on YouTube.
My buddy Jared did this. In the following YouTube clip you’ll see how he captured the essence of vomit.
My point of sharing this isn’t to gross you out. (Although if you did get grossed out, you can blame it on the actor Andy Allen.) The reason I wanted to show you this is to prove that it doesn’t take a lot to come up with funny short film ideas and practice your craft. If you made a plan to make 52 small videos like this, and upload each one to YouTube you would have the equivalent of a film school education.
But more than film school, you would actually be well on your way to engaging the target audience and creating a name for yourself. If you would like more filmmaking information check out these filmmaking tools.