By Aditya Savnal. Posted on October 03, 2015
Jamuura has always been a vocal supporter of the short film format and our initiatives such as Jamuura TV – which showcases the best short films from across the globe and Jamuura Brigade – a platform to empower filmmakers, are a step further in the same direction.
The growing curiosity and excitement among filmmakers in India to explore this format, makes us hopeful about the future of the short films in India. With the access to resources and evolving technology, making short films has become much easier and accessible than it ever was. And if you ever wanted to make a short film, there could not be a better time than now.
Summarized below are these tips which can help you immensely while making a short film.
According to ‘The Academy of Motion Pictures And Sciences’, the ideal duration of a short film should not exceed 40 minutes including the credits. While making a short film, one should always make a conscious decision to adhere to this time limit.
If you intend to send your film to the festivals, then its duration should not exceed 15 minutes. Festivals prefer shorts that fall under this time limit as it gives them the freedom to screen more films and makes their programming easier.
Due to inexperience, short filmmakers often fall prey to exposition and glorify things that can be covered in brief. If your stories are simpler and concise, it will reach a larger number of people. And the ability to avoid exposition will only help you to make a better short film.
A good short film can help you to secure funding for your feature film. Whiplash, Saw, Bottle Rocket, District 9 and Boogie Nights are some of the acclaimed feature films that were adapted from short films.
Making a short film on the most interesting aspect of your script is another sure way of getting funds for your film. James Wan’s short film featured the head trap scene and helped to get his twisted debut feature film Saw funded.
Closer home, Karthik Subbaraj, Balaji Mohan and Nalan Kumarasamy are some of the most interesting filmmakers who have successfully transitioned from making shorts to feature films. Similarly the Tamil films Padminiyum Pannaiyarum, Kaadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Eppadi and Imtiaz Ali's Highway are some interesting features that were adapted from short films.
Making short films also serves as an excuse to try various filmmaking techniques helps to hone your filmmaking skills and equip yourself for a promising career as a feature filmmaker.
A well made short film can help you win huge cash prizes at renowned international festivals and sustain while you strive to make a mark in the big, bad world of filmmaking.
Yes, you read that right. A win at a prestigious festival or two can help your short to qualify for the Oscars. Paperman, Feast, Six Shooter are some of the many amazing short films that have won an Oscar. And what could be a bigger boost for your filmmaking career than winning the coveted golden statuette.
Aren't these reasons enough to entice and motivate you? So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and make the short film you have always wanted to.
If you want to make a film, then there could be no better opportunity than 'The Make Your Film' campaign by Jamuura. Click here to know more about it and kickstart your filmmaking career.