- Is excerpt from feature length film suitable for the short film?
ex> *Rain Man (Qantas scene, starts 42:48) D: Barry Levinson, W: Ron Bass, Barry Morrow 4.5´
In the airport two brothers are arguing about the safety of plain riding.
- Excerpt from short film also works in smaller film?
ex> Fine Line (excerpt) D: Ang Lee (1984) 5´
- finalist for coca cola film festival
ex> Being Reel [Columbia] D: Brett Levner (2004) 1´
- sundance winner
ex> Spider D: Nash Edgerton, W: +David Michod (2007) 8´
argue with girl friend and she got hit by car.
This film works as a joke since it has first line at the beginning; game and joke works until you lose your eye - mum
3 general types of short film
- 1. Drama ends with dramatic resolution. It has clear dramatical objective.
ex> *Paris je t’aime, segment “Quais de Seine” D: Gurinder Chadha, W:+Paul Berges (2006) 6´
Boy can get his girlfriend.
- 2. Portrait ends with revelation. No dramatical objective->Portrait
ex> *Paris je t’aime, segment “Loin de 16eme” D: Walter Salles & Daniela Thomas (2006) 5´
Same song is used at the different situations. That reveals us some information.
- 3. Joke ends with the punch line. Punch line gives the completion, but until less than 10'
ex> *Gridlock (Fait d’hiver) D: Dirk Belien, W: Johan Verschueren (2001) 6´
We don't care about the real situation of what happened in the film.
ex> Lunch D: Matthew Ehlers (2001) 3.5´
-4. Spectacle. If you don't have dramatical tension on your film, aslong as it has spectacle, you can see them & enjoy them.
ex> Le Cheval 2.1 D: Stephen Scott-Hayward, Alex Kirkland (2003) 1.5´
ex> Tribeca spot: Apartment D: David Gray, W: Jon Koffler (2007) 1´
ex> Tribeca spot: Transvestite D: David Gray, W: Jon Koffler (2007) 1.5´
ex> Boot Camp [Columbia] D: John Matthews (1996) 6´
4 tasks to accomplish in short film
1. get the audience interested
2. Hold the audience interested
3. Feel completed, when it's over
4. Feel satisfied, when it's over
- 2 Shortest prose type is joke & fable. You don't need much for these.
No character, no plot. Punch line & completion
- Slight drama
ex> Tipped [Columbia] D: Lara Shapiro (1995) 2´
ex> *And the Redman Went Green D: Ruth Meehan (2003) 1.5´
central character has problem imposed to him. only reaction & reactive main character.
ex> *Inside-Out D: Tom and Charles Guard (1999) 6´
drama resolves in failure. has some elements of spectacle.
- on 3-5 & 8-12, people tend to put too much information.
What you need is quick understanding about the situation & character.
ex> *Most Beautiful Man in the World, The D: Alicia Duffy (2003) 5´
Portrait, not plot driven movie. You can get pay off by heightened moment.
It doesn't have dramatic action. Give some room to you to breathe.
ex> Secret Telling Time, The D: Tim Schultz (2000) 5.5´
When we see father suddenly wakes up in the bed, we start to think about what's happening.
A lot of good short deal with kid since its relation is quick to understand.
- Character & surprise & joke
ex> *Dinner Conversation D: Jim Cashman (2004) 3.5´
- Rarely, but sometimes they use 'puzzle'
ex> *Paris je t’aime, segment 13 “Place des Fetes” [DVD] D: Oliver Schmitz (2006) 6´
We don't know what's going on until we see the conclusion.