By Roberta Marie Munroe
Somebody could make a brief movie, correct? simply seize a few acquaintances and your hand-held and you'll do it in a weekend or prior to being authorized to a slew of movie fairs, right?
Roberta Munroe screened brief movie submissions at Sundance for 5 years, and is an award-winning brief filmmaker in her personal correct. So she is aware a specific thing or approximately how not to make a quick movie. From the 1st draft of your script to casting, construction, modifying, and distribution, this can be your one-stop primer for breaking into the company. that includes interviews with a lot of today's such a lot gifted writers, manufacturers, and administrators, in addition to revealing tales (e.g., what to do whilst the skinhead crack addict round the corner starts off screaming obscenities once you name "action") from the units of her personal brief motion pictures, Roberta walks you thru the minefield of error that an aspiring filmmaker can make--so that you simply don't need to cause them to your self.
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With my programmer hat on, I would say that both In the Morning and The Youth in Us would have worked with or without the flashbacks because the story was already there making the flashbacks a creative choice and not something pertinent to the audience understanding the film. I cannot stress enough how important short film structure is to your success. As a short filmmaker, you are bound by a time limit. You can take 10 minutes to cultivate a character in a feature. In a short that’s most (if not all) of your allotted time.
Gowanus, Brooklyn, written and directed by Ryan Fleck, went on to become Half Nelson (starring Ryan Gosling, Jeff Lima, and the brilliant Shareeka Epps). Gowanus was a self-contained story, with a great cast (Shareeka was also in the short) and a satisfying ending. Do some research. Find out what feature films began as short films and study the form and storyline of the short versus the feature. CHARACTERS As someone who’s watched more than 15,000 films, I can tell within the first two minutes whether you really cared about the characters.
Considering he was one of the most important American filmmakers of the twentieth century, yes, you should be studying his work. But just make sure yours isn’t anything one would consider an exact copy. com). Do your research. ANIMATION As you’ll learn later, in Chapter 10, I have an undeniable emotional attachment to animation. All those Saturday mornings spent as a child watching Looney Tunes or imagining myself to 13 14 H O W N O T T O M A KE A SH O RT FI LM be Wonder Woman could be the cause, but I think, in all seriousness, what really captivates me is the sheer genius and ridiculous amount of time and creativity it takes to create great animation.