What is a short film?
A short film is a cinema format, a film not long enough to be considered as a featured film. According to Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a short film “has a running time of 40 minutes or less, including all credits”. However, the best length for a short is at most 10 to 15 minutes. If you want to screen your film at film festivals, best to keep your film short as possible. For some festivals, including Cannes, there is a very clear regulation that no short film can exceed 15 minutes to be considered for the festival. This is how festivals generally schedule films. They put the long ones at first, and then fill the gaps with shorter films. Of course, if the story is complete, it’s shot really well and all the goals are reached then the length doesn’t matter.
Usually, short films have a small budget, smaller crew. It means that you need to be very strict with your time and finances. You can always get a funding using websites like “Kickstarter”, “GoFundMe” or “Indiegogo”. A lot of artist gets a funding with a help of these fundraising websites. If you really believe in your idea, just show it to everyone how awesome it is and people will fund you. http://network.bfi.org.uk/funding-finder this web site is really helpful, for new filmmakers with a little or no experience. There is a list of companies that funds “new” filmmakers, helps them to realise their ideas. Also you can get a funding from Film Schools, Production Companies.
“The Numbers” is a short film by Robert Hloz and written by Marias Caruso in 2012. “The Numbers” is a love story about extraordinary people. Nick is not like everyone else, he has a special ability to see floating numbers above people’s heads. The numbers signify various quantifiable measurements regarding an individual ranging from how much money they have, how many lies they’ve told, how old somebody is or how many drinks somebody has. Nick doesn’t know much about his ability, he doesn’t know why he has it. One day he meets a girl, Mia, with the same ability. They know nothing about each other and seem to know everything about everyone else. But sometimes the less you know, the better… However, her ability is much more refined than his and she helps him to better understand his power. “The Numbers” is one of those films that you have to watch it twice to truly understand the full meaning. “The Numbers” won various awards, including Cannes Court Métrage, Golden Anteaters – Masters of Short Form, Dresden Film Fest – Jury Special mention, Show Me Shorts and much more.
“The numbers” was filmed in South Korea, on the street. Depending on props, locations and actors usually short films have a small budget and smaller crew. Even though, funding comes from different types of sources, in order to make the finishing product as good as possible.“The numbers” was funded by two companies: FMK UTB and Hanyang University. This short film had an extremely small budget; just 300000 KRW (215.5 pounds) (estimated). Film demanded a few visual effects (floating numbers above people’s heads).
Even with a very small budget everything was well put together. This film does not need a huge budget, it doesn’t require any specific costumes or locations. In my opinion. It could be shot anywhere because the most important thing in this film is dialogue. For such a low-budget film, 11 people crew is a lot. I think music sound took a huge part in this film, that’s why it had 5 people working with it. Stereo sounds give a mysterious touch to the film. It makes the dialogue sound more vivid.
“THE NUMBER” CREW
Woogun Park – Nick
Heejin Jung – Mia
Robert Hloz – Director, Producer
Colin Lee – Cinematographer
“The Numbers” is a film with really strong dialogue. On the other hand, some people believe that there is no need to say things that you can actually show. “Less is more”. “The Numbers” inverse is “The Big Shave”. In one hand these two films a similar: they have a strong music, one location, not too much action on screen. Both films are small-budged. The difference between these 2 movies is that “The Big Shave” don’t contain any dialogue. Everything is about visuals.
“The Big Shave” is a six-minutes short film by Martin Scorsese. Martin Scorese is a famous director/producer. He is known for films like “Goodfellas” (director), “The Wolf of Wall Street” (producer), “Shutter Island” (producer). He started his career by making short films. “The Big shave” was made in 1968. Basically is a story about a guy in a process of shaving, and he cuts himself. A lot.
“The Big Shave” CREW
Written, directed, edited by: Martin Scorsese
Cinematographer: Eli F. B
Art Direction by:leigh
The idea of purity versus violence is emphasised by continuous cutaways to the sink over which the young man stands, The pristine white of the sink is slowly beset with a flood of scarlet red blood. This unnerves us. The violence, the infliction of pain upon himself is mindless and senseless. We cannot, as viewers, possibly comprehend why he’s doing this to himself, but maybe it is on the meaninglessness and the pointlessness of the violence where the meaning and the point of what Scorsese is presenting to us can be located.
This is a current project “The Past as Imagined Future: Multimedia Interpretations of American Intervention in Vietnam.” Lyndon Johnson’s decision to escalate American intervention in the war in Vietnam during the early-mid 1960s is, as they say, a Key Historical Moment. Some context: Scorcese made the film for a planned weeklong anti-Vietnam protest “The Angry Arts Against the War,” though it actually premiered at Jacques Ledoux’s 1968 Festival of Experimental Cinema in Belgium. The young filmmaker was battling depression and at the time had trouble shaving. The Big Shave succinctly voices both the political and the personal.
It is clear that every member of a team holds an important role when it comes to filmmaking. However, as small as a role may don’t measure to how much effort and time comes to their pre-production efforts.
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