The Benefits of Making a Short Film

What Are the Benefits of Making a Short Film?

Are you interested in making a film, but don’t know where to start? Begin by making a short film. The benefits of making a short film are many, but you learn about all the aspects of filmmaking while doing it. More importantly, you are able to do it on a project with a much smaller production scope than a feature-length film. That means you work with a screenplay that’s 10 or 12 pages long, instead of 120 pages long. The budget is smaller so you don’t have to convince anyone to give you a large amount of money to make a film, assuming you aren’t independently wealthy. It also can be divided up into a shoot date that’s a few days long, instead of a few weeks or a few months long.

What Do You Want to Gain Experience Doing?

What are the benefits of making a short film, specifically? That depends on what you want to do. Are you interested in becoming a producer? Are you interested in becoming a director or cinematographer? Maybe you want to work in post-production or on another area of film. It’s even possible you want to write screenplays and you started with a screenplay for a short film. Now you’re moving to get it made. There are a lot of possibilities. With independent filmmaking on the rise, you don’t have to move to Los Angeles and cozy up to the largest studios in the world to make your mark in film. Not anymore you don’t. You had to do this in the 1940s and 1950s and that has slowly changed over the years. With the way digital cinema has changed and the number of platforms for distribution multiplying, independent filmmaking is on the rise.

You Should Follow Your Passion

I started acting a few years ago. That led me to start a film production company and make films. You can see a list of credits for me on IMDb here. I had a lot of reasons why I wanted to act, aside from the usual desire harbored by actors to be both famous and rich. I loved everything about demanding your mind and self to do exactly what you wanted it to on camera. I thought it had benefits to other areas of life. That may or may not have been an accurate way to view acting, but that’s how I viewed it. It wasn’t until I went head first into acting when I discovered everything else about filmmaking. I started my production company in Austin, Texas while a student at The University of Texas. There are a handful of cities in North America good for filmmaking and Austin is one of those cities. It was and continues to be a great place to learn the benefits of making a short film. Those things considered, this article can offer you the inspiration to go out make films and see the benefits of making a short film.

The Benefits Are You Learn What You Couldn’t by Study Alone

The best benefits are you learn about all the intricacies of making a film. If you have never made a film before, there are a lot of intricacies. There are a lot of things that need to be thought of and a lot of things that can go wrong. I’ve made 4 short films and have another short film and a feature film in pre-production. I’ve made so many mistakes, but I’ve learned so much more from my experiences. My learning from the projects I’ve produced far outweigh those mistakes and embarrassments picked up along the way. Why am I telling you this? So you know firsthand that if you are considering the benefits of making a short film, you should stop right there and go out and make a film. It is worth your time.

Study, Study and Study Some More

There is no way I can overstate the importance of studying everything you possibly can about filmmaking. This is one of the greatest benefits of making a short film. There are a lot of great websites and books available. You should also read screenplays of your favorite films and watch a lot of films. Watch short films too. See what an amateur production looks like. After you do this, go out and make a film. Then come back and study some more, then make another film. If you love film the way I do, and the way some of the people I have worked with do, you will enjoy this process. Keep your eye on the prize and don’t be afraid to admit mistakes. Hopefully, each film you make gets better and better. There is a professional standard for film we see every time we watch a film or television series produced by a large production company and distributed on a popular platform. Most short films made do not meet that standard. If you make a short film on $500 or $1,000 budget, the way many short films are made, strive to reach that threshold of quality met by large budget productions. It can be done, even with an inexperienced crew and small budget. Strive for that because it’s an obvious way to further your career in film.