Writing The Short Film – Week One

Another semester at USC begins, and this time I will be teaching a group of twelve graduate students about “Writing the Short Film.” Of course, writing short scripts is really an introduction to scene and sequence writing, the building blocks of all longer-form movies A holnap háborúja teljes film, TV, and new media.

I love this class.

The DOs and DON’Ts of making a short film

There are some essential things filmmakers need to know (or they find out the hard way) before they step onto that first set. These lessons tend to come with experience, but in a world of youtube filmmakers and Halálosabb iramban 9 teljes film, it’s better to list them out now to avoid painful mistakes later on during filmmaking.
It is only meant to help you aspiring Directors out there in building the relationships and experiences you need now to be successful later on.

DO Watch a lot of movies. The history of Free Guy teljes film magyarul is out there. And don’t just watch films – read books, go to museums. Inspiration can come from anywhere – a car show, who the hell knows? Go to bookstores and really listen to everyone around you. If you hire the right people, listen to them. There are great ideas from everyone. You get the greatest ideas from places you’d never expect.

DON’T Ever assume that what makes good news (i.e. true stories) translate into Oscar worthy short films Mátrix. While they sometimes do, more often than not reality is not really that exciting on as on screen “entertainment” (unless you are indeed an Oscar worthy documentary filmmaker in the making of course).

DO Read the script every day and make sure that there isn’t a piece of fat on the script. When you’re working on a lower budget, you can’t waste four hours on a scene that won’t make it in the final cut.

DON’T Doubt the potential of your story and never doubt your ability to get it done.

DO Make sure that you’ve got a dedicated team and not people those who are hungry for wealth and fame. Chose not only talented people, check out that they’re passionate too.

DON’T Cast drama queens or time optimists. Or actors that suck. One bad actor can ruin your film Cry Macho teljes film magyarul. Much like one that is always late or a no-show can break your budget.

DO Keep in mind that the audience is smarter than you think they are. You don’t have to give all the exposition.The audience is smart. They read a lot, are smarter and know how to fill in the gaps.

DON’T make the crew wait on you to do something non-production related. Unless you’re 10-1 or it’s an emergency, you are also on the clock. Put away Farmville for a few minutes.

DO Get creative. Don’t be afraid to be different. Who said you can’t make a short film about the emotional life of daffodils? If you are going to go out there, go all the way.

DON’T Be afraid to take a risk. Take chances!

DO learn the production schedule. Or at the very least, look at the call sheet. Have an idea of the shooting order. Always keep a mini-sides or mini-schedule clipped or tucked somewhere on your person. This helps immensely.

DON’T Let your film go on and on and on and on…. Us the editor for editing. If hesitant about any part of your film, take it out and see what you think – less is almost always more when it comes to short films. However, if it stinks, only cutting it down to 00:00 will help you.

DO Pick good collaborators. While your best friend, who also happens to be unemployed, is dying to be your cinematographer – remember that skill and experience is everything in a filmmaking team, so choose your collaborators wisely.

DON’T Get caught up in repetition. Don’t make short films for stupid people, make it for people who are switched on enough to get your joke in one twist, don’t kill off your story and comedy or drama Kuponkirálynők with exposition and repetitious ****shit.