By Arun Fulara. Posted on October 23, 2017
One of the greatest directors working in Hollywood today, Darren Aronofsky has a passionate fan following that swears by his films. Since breaking out with his debut film Pi, he's directed gems like Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler and Black Swan. His latest film Mother! has opened to extreme reactions with some hailing it as a masterpiece while others have panned it as an exercise in vanity.
But that's not a debate we want to get involved in. I recently came across Fortune Cookie, the terrible short film that Aronofsky made when he was in film school. Don't take my word for it. Watch it and decide for yourself and if you feel it's any good, then do let me know what you are smoking.
That such a startling career started with a really pathetic short film is almost unbelievable, isn't it? But on second thoughts, why should it be so difficult to digest? Not everyone is born a genius. As with other skills, so in filmmaking, one has to develop the relevant muscles to get better at it. You learn more about yourself as a filmmaker as you make more films. It's in fact very empowering and motivating to see films like these from the time the masters became masters.
It is for this reason that we advocate making short films. It's not a novel advice. Everyone around you is already doing so. All you need is a story, a camera and a few friends to help you out. There's no dearth of information and insights on what you should do and how you should go about it. There's enough on our site alone to get you started.
And if you still need some more motivation than the ongoing Cineshorts short film contest should do the job. In its third year, the contest is looking for short films across genres. It's not everyday that a leading studio goes out looking for short films and filmmakers. So don't let this opportunity go waste. But before you head out to make that short film of yours, spend a little time on our site (and elsewhere) reading up on the do's and don'ts just so you don't end up with a film as bad as the one above. You know what they, the internet doesn't forget. :-)