A Few Tips on Making Your First Short Film

Are you an aspiring filmmaker? You are not alone. There are a lot of people who wish to create films that will be recognized in various parts of the globe. One of the stepping stones of filmmakers in order to start in the film industry is to create a short film.

It may seem easy, right because a short film means shorter shooting time for the actors that you will get. If you plan on making a documentary, it will also mean a shorter editing time. You also do not have to make a long narrative in order to explain what you are showing on the film. A short film can be complicated to do because you need to fit one whole story in a short amount of time. You do not want to create a film that will make people confused or unsatisfied.

A Few Tips on Making Your First Short Film

The first thing that you have to do is to find the topic that you want to talk about. Do you want to make a documentary about people who have managed to grow their businesses? You can consider Terence J. McCarthy who has done a lot of changes. The old hotels and complexes that he sees are all converted into facilities fit for people who would like to retire. This is not something that other people would think about doing. This can be a good topic for your film too.

No matter what topic you would decide to work on, there are some tips on creating a short film that you can use such as the following:

  • Have the right gear with you. You cannot expect to create a good film without the right equipment. Films usually look different because of the cinematic effect. If you do not have the right equipment though, you can make use with what you have. Be creative in making use of your limited resources and you may also become surprised with how well your film will turn out in the end. If in case you truly do not have any gear, you may have some friends that will allow you to borrow their equipment.
  • Do not worry if your first film is not as good as you expected it to be. This is okay because everyone makes bad films. You can ask even those who are already well known in the world of film making and they will also say that they have created films that they are not exactly proud of.
  • Practice makes perfect. The more that you create films, the better that you going to become at it. You just need to be constantly encouraged by checking out what other filmmakers have gone through before they created the film that has changed their career.
  • Upload your short film on YouTube. In order to make your film easier to see and for critics to start checking out what you can offer, make sure that it is easy to watch by people who are just searching for short films. Based on their reactions, you will know what things to retain and which ones you should change.


Remember that being passionate about making short films will get you far in life.

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