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Transcript of Short Film
By Maya Bingham
-Plot, simple, usually has a twist, based on simple situations
-Setting and themes are basic
-Low budget or no budget
-Not many special effects
-Use of symbolism
-Theme is usually a single idea
-Production period is quite short
“original motion picture that has a running time of 40 minutes or less, including all credits”
- Academy of Motion picture arts and sciences
-professional or amateur
Short film history
Films often screened at local, national or international short film festivals
To qualify for academy awards if screened in Los Angeles
‘The International Festival of Very shorts’ based in Paris, France. Entries, less than 3 minutes long
Short films often independent filmmakers/ non profit
most of the times funded by film grants
non profit organizations
or out of pocket
Indie filmmakers- prove talent and gain funding for future endeavors
Youtube and Vimeo
Other Sites: FILMSshort and BBD
reach large communities of viewers
encourage submission of user short films
film networks focused on showcasing curated shorts
from private investors
'Tropfest' world’s largest short film festival in Australia
“Alternate form of expression”
Popular- equipment is cheaper, availability of cameras along with editing and post production programs
Reel Shorts Film Festival, Grande Prairie, Alberta
Knickerbocker Film Festival, Albany, New York
Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, L.A.
How to make a short film
Song: Alt-J "Fitzpleasure"
Animated films and Comedies popular
Short Films Short lived-1930s, the short films started to die.
Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, Buster Keaton
Began around 1910 in USA
-The custom in film making was to include a feature
-followed by a single or more short subjects
-short subjects could be animated cartoons or live action
1955, another competitor of short films appeared. It is the rise of television.
-television programming included broadcasting old short films
-short films were those that had been sold to television stations
-end of 1960s, short films eventually disappeared.
1980s that the term "short film" began to be used interchangeably with "short subject"
-rely on festivals and exhibits to gain audience
-short films financed by big film companies
-There were companies that would force owners of short films to sell the short films to the big companies.
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Davies, Rebecca. "The Long History of Short Films." The Telegraph. N.p., 18 Apr. 2010. Web. 23 Mar. 2013.
Gamerman, Ellen. "Short Films, Big Ambitions." The Wall Street Journal. N.p., 12 Apr. 2013. Web. 17 Mar. 2013.
Lyons, Suzanne. Indie Film Producing: The Craft of Low Budget Filmmaking. Boston: Focal, 2012. Print.
Rapfogel, Jared. "Cineaste Magazine." Cineaste Magazine. Cineaste, 2009. Web. 30 May 2013.
"Short Film." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 19 May 2013. Web. 28 May 2013.
Edit the film
Adobe Premiere Pro
Don't need special software
style of film making that tells a story
attempts to record some aspect of real life
illusion of motion with drawings frame by frame with slight changes between them
concerned with graphic/structural elements of film to tell a story. used to describe abstract, non-narrative or other unusual sequence