Suicide? Or make a short film?

Plenty of short filmmaker’s have nominated suicide to be the driving narrative plot device of their work and in this year’s batch of submissions the trend is soldiering on.

Why is that?

Perhaps, the tragic plight of the short filmmaker is birthing a litter of suicidal fanatics. Who knows. Maybe death may begin to look like a better alternative to making films. The end of it all definitely means you don’t have to pay back all those pesky investors/ your friend’s rich dad.

Yet, as you lay down at night on the spaghetti stained couch that your sort-of friend has loaned you for the weekend because of your inability to afford rent / all that equipment you definitely didn’t need / the C-grade actress you snatched from Eastenders, perhaps you will be reminded of this list and realise that your doing alright.


3 Reasons Why A Spaghetti Stained Couch Is Better Than Suicide. 

1. Fear of Failing

If you FAIL at suicide, you’re guaranteed to earn some sort of sympathy and potentially embrace the failure.

Unlike suicide, No one cares if you fail at filmmaking.

It’s pretty likely that your peers will chant, “Stop talking about it and just do it!” Hopefully, no one is doing that if you mention suicide.


2. Expressing Yourself


Yeah, making a short film is great and all, but you’re worried you’re not being original enough.

Maybe you should film yourself jumping to freedom.

Maybe #selfiesuicide will go viral.

Probably not. Unlike a bunch of A-listers in glamorous gowns squeezing into one picture most of your remains will probably be out of the frame.


3. Success


If you’re dead you may get to hang out with a pretty awesome crowd; Elvis, John Lennon, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bob Hoskins, my Great-Grandma, etc. So, er I guess that’s kind of cool, though they’ll probably be in some sort of VIP area.

If you’re successful with your short film you’ll get to meet some totally amazing people, watch your film flourish and gain an enormous sense of achievement.

Screw Elvis.



4. Eric Idle

Sure, sometimes remaining loyal to your project can be tricky; you can render yourself emotionally and financially bankrupt. And your hair is probably all falling out from the stress, and maybe you don’t really have any friends any more, and maybe your idea kind of sucked to begin with, but, in the immortal words of Eric Idle:



Remember, everybody likes Spaghetti.








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