Chance Muehleck11 months ago 3 15 min read An unproduced feature script has a. Short film ideas, on the other hand, can be made for significantly less money, increasing their chances of being produced.
Eliza Hittman I highly recommend watching all three of these. They make use of film as a visual medium.
Visual epiphanies are just as important; so are moody moments of pure color, texture, and sound, as well as other evocative, raw images. Consider replacing non-vital dialogue with pure reactions and other meaningful, visual moments. And we can all identify with the idea of having a crush on a teacher.
By keeping your focus narrow, you will address those themes better than you could have imagined. The specific is the universal, so keep it personal or find a personal connection to the material.
Having a strong, unique point of view on the subject matter is key. A short film is not a feature. It has little room for subplots, secondary characters, montages, or epic scope. It covers a single dilemma and resolves it in some way by the end.
Too often, writers attempt to confront multiple dilemmas, introduce us to more than two main characters, or recreate a whole chunk of their feature film.
A short is not the place for any of that. They use available resources. Notice that the two live-action films I linked to have few or no effects shots. Instead, the drama and tension come from highly personal stories that take place mostly in enclosed environments because those are easiest to film in.
Just make what you have look as good as possible. They feature memorable characters. Film and TV are about characters; even the biggest special-effects-heavy movies are nothing without memorable leads. These short films demonstrate that the filmmakers can build characters that sear themselves in our mind, even in the space of just 10 or 15 minutes.
Plot, twists, and story are all important, but without someone we can empathize with, your film will be forgotten. Give your characters strong personalities, quirks, wants, and goals. And the endings bring an even deeper surprise.
This is exactly what viewers want in every television show, feature film, and short film, no matter what the genre: Set up our expectations, then subvert them. Put in as many twists as possible—especially in the first minute and the final minute.
Their outlook is largely optimistic or they at least end on an upbeat note. But can you find something positive in even the darkest story, while still being true to your vision? But do challenge yourself to see if your ending can be more of an upper than a downer.
End with a positive spin, if at all possible.
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