What makes a great short film?
As part of the 5 months hands-on film training trainees create two minute "My World" short films. Awhile back Heinz Hermanns, from Interfilm Berlin visited us and we had a discussion on what makes a good short film.
Preproduction and feedback are CRUCIAL to filmmaking
Filmmakers in Kenya need to be more critical. Exchange your ideas, scripts: get and give feedback. Must have a great story or you don't have a film. Get feedback from the beginning of the concept.
Short film: must have an audio visual concept, seduce the spectator to take part emotionally and intellectually
Short film: must work immediately, grab attention of audience, something interesting,
Must be visual.
Story development: must work. Can make NO mistakes (feature films can have some)
Short film must be more original than a feature film, have something special. Very little time to tell the story
MUST BE COMPLETE: with an ending… not just stop
Components of a great short film:
Plan:the look of the film
Color concept: palette
Sound: must develop the audio concept before shooting. MUST have quality sound.
Suggest: Be careful with music, especially piano music which can overwhelm the visual.
Casting: Actors key
Camera: must hold attention of audience
Every frame is a composition like a painting
Some elements of bad short films
• Too long
• Do not care about your audience
• TV aesthetics
• A copy of another film or story
• Choose team carefully
• Seduce not provoke audience
• Accept criticism
• Don't make it too personal
• Not a slide show of a series of stills
• MUST have good sound and sound concept