Why make a short, you ask?
Feature film directors like Ridley Scott, Sofia Coppola, Spike Jonze and David Lynch have all turned to making television commercials; an unexpectedly demanding task given that one has to tell a story and make it interesting in a very short amount of time. It’s a great way of honing our storytelling skills by making sure every moment counts. And for those of us just starting out, it gives us the chance to explore our voice as a filmmaker. Sometimes a lightbulb moment strikes, and we know exactly what story we want to tell. Other times, we need a little push towards the starting line. Here are some examples of acclaimed short films that will help entertain and inspire:
A cautionary tale of the dangers of working overtime.
A brilliant tragi-comedy by Sundance Short Film Grand Jury Prize winner, Jim Cummings. Shot in one take.
With no dialogue whatsoever, Lichen delivers a masterful lesson in the importance of photography and tone.
Who doesn’t love a solid zombie film?
And here’s a short that’ll make you want to abandon sound equipment altogether by Kino veteran, Vanessa Dang.