Short Horror Filmmaking With One Last Dive

If you are looking for short film ideas, you might want to consider making a short horror film. My buddy sent me the one below called The Last Dive by Jason Eisener (Hobo With A Shotgun). This short was part of the 3:07AM project, aimed to help promote The Conjuring.

I thought Jason Eisener did a great job of creating and keeping the tension. And while I sort of knew something bad was going to happen – I couldn’t take my eyes off of it.

If you want to get into short horror filmmaking, all you really need is a camera and an uber spooky idea. As you can see from this example, you don’t need much dialog or lighting. But what you do need is a strong point of view and the ability to engage your audience in a short amount of time.

What is your favorite Short Horror movie?

Funny Short Film Ideas

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.

Short Film Ideas