There is a common misconception that short films are just shortened features or, worse yet, merely previews of a larger endeavor. However, shorts can be their own unique art form. They leave no time to beat the audience over the head with details, which forces the creator to be more implicit and suggestive with their messages. This can lead to more universally appealing stories with no unnecessary subplots or characters.
The short film form presents another advantage over full-length features. It is the ideal medium for young filmmakers because there is little, or no, money involved and, therefore, no big risks need to considered. This promotes a more creative thinking and the freedom to experiment without the overhead. The finished work can also be a calling card in the future. If you can impress an audience with little time and money, then they’re left to imagine what you could do with more!
Some think that the inherent limitations of the short form can hinder a filmmaker’s creative process. However, much like in genre filmmaking, limitations can result in moments of clever visual storytelling. Filmmakers need to think of how to say a lot with a little, which can be far more effective than hammering the point home until it no longer has any value to the audience. It’s like giving a sculptor a smaller, cheaper stone to work with rather than a giant slab of jade or ivory. The artist has the chance to make bolder strokes and decisions with the piece.
The possibilities within the short form are endless. From narrative to experimental, documentary to animation, the filmmaker’s range of choices is vast. The duration of shorts can even vary widely. Now, shorter shorts are becoming a trend with today’s audiences preferring web-based content and, therefore, presenting the problem of losing focus after a short while. The short short, then, is a perfect fit for short attention spans, presenting an entire story or idea in 5 minutes or less.
The short film form is far from dead. It still offers all the old opportunities, like the chance for young unknown filmmakers to go through the filmmaking process, show off what they’ve got, and to be bold with no concern over other people’s money. However, the medium has new possibilities, a further reach, and a certain allure for young audiences that make it a far cry from a thing of the past; on the contrary, the short film may just be the form of the future.
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