A short film can be a way to take a break from the grind of filmmaking and make some new friends.
Here’s how to find out if you’re a perfect fit for making short films for your friends.1.
Know your audience.
“You’re not going to get a film made for everyone, but you’re going to find people who love short films,” says Michael Fassbender, the founder of the short film website Bitch Movie.
“I’ve made films for kids and for women, and they’ve loved them.
That’s the beauty of it.”2.
Make a goal.
A goal is what sets your short film apart from your normal films.
“A goal is how much you’re willing to pay for your movie,” Fassbaum says.
“It can range from $500 for a basic, three-minute movie to $150,000 for a feature-length feature.”3.
“When I made my first short film, I had no idea how much money it would make,” Foswell says.
It made $100,000.
“That was a crazy success, but it was only $100.
It was a pretty small investment, and it paid off in a really positive way.”4.
Make it easy to get started.
Short films are relatively easy to make, but once you’ve got the budget, it’s a whole lot easier to get your footage together and get it to people.
“The trick is to get it out there and get people to go, ‘OK, let’s make it,'” Fos, says.
And Fassba says there’s a lot to consider before you make a short film: Is it going to be a commercial, educational, or artistic film?
What kind of camera do you want to use?
What format will you shoot in?
What sort of lighting and lighting effects are you going to use to make it look realistic?5.
Know what your audience wants.
“What’s interesting about short films is that they’re not like movies where you’re just going to have a scene and you’re not planning a plot,” Fswell says, “because it’s just there to be discovered.
You’re not really going to know what your target audience wants until you actually make the film.”6.
Don’t overdo it.
“Some of my best friends have made really amazing films,” Faswell says of his own friends.
“But if you think you can get something off the ground that’s really good, you can make it even better.”7.
Have a story.
“One of the things I like most about making short movies is that you don’t really have a story,” Fiswell says about the process.
“And that’s fine, because there are a lot of good stories out there.”
Fasswell adds that it’s important to keep a plot in mind when planning your short.
“If you’re thinking, ‘Let’s do this story and this scene, and let’s have it be this story, and this character,’ then you’re doing it wrong,” he says.8.
Fiswillbts advice for making a short documentary is to have the filmmakers work from multiple angles and multiple points of view.
“Instead of having a script, you need to be able to tell stories from different perspectives,” he explains.
“Sometimes the film will work on one side of the story, but the audience will be a bit confused by it, and that’s OK.
You don’t have to be too strict about what you want from the audience, because the audience is really going the other way.”9.
“There are so many things you can do before you shoot your film that are totally optional,” Fonswell says in his guide to short films.
These include having a schedule, a budget, and a schedule editor.
“These things really help the film get the timing right,” he adds.
“They’re not optional, but they’re really important.”10.
Find your audience before you begin.
Fassbach says that the key to finding your audience is to find what you’re looking for.
“Just like anything else in life, there are certain people who just love short movies, and there are others who are really interested in the medium,” he shares.
“Find those people, and then you can find out who your audience really is.”
Fassbender’s short film Journey to the Sun was released in 2016, and he’s hoping that his advice will be helpful to filmmakers of all ages.
Follow him on Twitter @joe_fassbender.