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.

What Cameras Do Hollywood Films Use?

What Types of Cameras?

Have you ever wondered what types of cameras were used on your favorite films? Have you ever seen a movie in theaters and wondered to yourself, what kind of camera would it take to make a film like that? What kind of camera did they use? Have no fear, I’ve come to answer your questions. Actors studying film will love this article. The first distinction to make is between films shot digitally and those shot on film. In the last 10 to 15 years, motion pictures being made digitally has become much more popular. I can also tell you I have never shot a film on actual film. Every film I have ever made was shot digitally and I’m fairly certain that is the way I’m going to proceed in the future.

Listed on IMDb pro are what cameras are used on what films. These are only the top grossing live-action films. If you want to talk about other films, some which are maybe more critically acclaimed, such as having won or been nominated to an Academy Award, then this article doesn’t cover that. I can tell you what types of cameras are used in Hollywood films in the past 2 years. I can’t tell you about every single film listed on IMDb, or even those that made a theatrical release. In this article, you will find an answer to the types of cameras used on the top 5 grossing films for the past 2 years. This would be for the years 2016 and 2015.

Top Grossing Films

The top 5 grossing live-action films of 2016 were Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Captain America: Civil War, The Jungle Book, Deadpool and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

The top 5 grossing live-action films of 2015 were Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Furious 7 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.

The Cameras Used

Actors studying film want to know about the equipment on set. Some of these motion pictures were shot on both film and digitally. However, for these blockbuster hits, they only used two different brands of cinema camera for the digital side of things. They also only used two for those shot on film. These are Arri and Red for those shot digitally, and Arri and Panavision for those shot on film. The most common type of digital Arri camera used is an Arri Alexa XT and the newer model of this camera is listed at an MSRP of $74,000. The most common Red camera used is a Red Epic Weapon and it’s currently listed at an MSRP of $29,000.

These are expensive cameras and may surprise you if you are hearing the prices of these for the first time. Some actors studying film want to know how much it really cost. These are MSRP prices for the camera body only. The cost of lenses is usually as much or more than the cost of a camera body. These are only two components of cinematography, with cinematography being only one component of making a motion picture.

In making a motion picture, these are the most common cameras used. One cool application of this knowledge pertains to video production. All the commercials you see on TV or those nice promotional videos you’ve seen on the law firm’s website you were dreaming about working for, most likely hired a production company that used these cameras. There are other cinema camera brands out there, but Arri and Red are huge in the industry. Red is a big favorite in the local video production market here in Austin, Texas, where Holloman Films is located.