Weekly Production Tip #5 - 5 Tips for Making Short Films - Raindance

Take a look at our video below and our break down of all our useful tips.

Tip 1 – Keep It Short

 Please pay attention to this one. Especially for those of you who are new to short films. The trick to creating a successful short is to keep it compact. Short films are not simply a condensed version of a feature. They are their own breed of film. Just like how a poem is different from a novel.

Tip 2 – Focus On The Story

The success of your short depends on the quality of your story. It doesn’t matter how beautifully shot your short is if the story doesn’t grab and engage its viewers. In fact, even if your production value does leave something to be desired, if your story is strong it simply won’t matter as the audience will still be engaged. Try breaking those 16 seconds into three 5 second sections, a beginning, a middle and an end.

Tip 3 – Equipment Doesn’t Matter

Ultimately, the quality of your equipment will not dictate the success of your short. Just because you may not have state of the art kit, this does not mean that your short will be of low quality. This year at Sundance was Tangerine, a film shot entirely on an iPhone 5s, with a sound recorder and a lense that clipped onto the iPhone, all equipment that most of us can get our hands on.

 Tip 4 – Work As A Team

Film is all about working with others, creating something together. Don’t feel like you have to do everything if there are others who are willing to help. They may even be able to help you in areas where you feel you don’t necessarily have much confidence.

Tip 5 – Sound Is Important

Sound accounts for 50% of the viewer experience, so please don’t forget about it. This includes diegetic sounds, that the microphone picks up, and non-diegetic sounds, like music and sound effects, both of which are hugely important to film. You can get license free music online which will add another layer to your film.



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