Stop Making Excuses And Make Your Movie

A few weeks back my filmmaker friend Jared invited me over to help out with a short project. This is not new. Over the past few months, Jared has been cranking out short movies.

The reason for this? We are gearing up to make our next feature. And in ways akin to a boxer training for the big fight – Jared is working out.

In doing so, we are once again asking ourselves an important question: “Given the resources that we have right now, what is the feature that we can make this year?”

Every week, we are getting closer to an answer.

With that said, we are still months away from the next feature. So in the meantime, it is important to train. It is important to make as many short movies as you can. They don’t have to be anything overly complex, but they should be fun. They should be challenging. Most of all, you cannot be afraid to suck.

The reason for cranking out shorts quickly is to improve. This is a time to practice. Many of you could probably make better quality movies. The question is, why aren’t you doing it?

Once your movie is complete, upload it to YouTube. Find out if you can get some viewers. Monitor the comments and feedback.

Filmmaker Tech Specs: For those of you interested in our tech – the camera as was a Cannon EOS Rebel T2i and the scenes were lit with practical lights. And the audio came from this setup.

Jared says he has about a half-dozen more shorts in the pipeline. So I will continue to chart our training… Eventually we will have a story. And we will then test a crowdfunding campaign…

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Make a Short Film

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At Brubaker Films, we get many inquires from folks touting their short films and seeking financial help. As a filmmaker, I was in the exact situation a few years back. It makes sense… A great short film is, well, great. And assuming the sucka is produced well, a short film has the power to create buzz and show off your talents as a Hollywood hit.

From a producer perspective short films aren’t very marketable. Outside of a potential film festival prizes, getting a return on investment is almost impossible. This isn’t to discourage your ambition – quite the contrary. If you have a short film idea that you simply cannot ignore, you NEED to make your movie now!

But save the real money for your feature.

A few years ago, before HD technology, a good short film was shot on 16mm film. These days, however, HD allows you to create similar production value for a fraction of the cost. This means you can plan your short, shoot HD and possibly still have enough money left for festival fees (often forgotten.)

Additionally, a short film allows you to make some major mistakes before you start burning the big bucks.

If you are looking to make a short film, you might want to check out my resource called 101 Short Film Ideas.