Short films are a wonderful sub-medium of movies, the short story of the film world. They’re great as calling cards to garner attention, but also an artform in their own right. Making them is pretty much an initial goal of most journeyman filmmakers. How to go about it? Well this guide will certainly help, in the initial stages as well as seeking that elusive funding!
Six Shooter is one of my favourite short films, written and directed by Martin McDonagh, of In Bruges fame. This Oscar-winning short showcases some of his style and themes that he’ll later come to revisit, the dark comedy that he does so well. (Caveat: I’ve still not seen Seven Psychopaths)
Update: The YouTube link has expired, but you can pick it up on iTunes. And I have now seen Seven Psychopaths.
Riley Stearns‘ The Cub is a five minute short film, nominated for the Short Film Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Stearns shows what can be done with four actors, a single location and minimal budget, delivering dry humour in an off-beat story.
Not only did I want to embed the YouTube link, now that it’s available, but I also wanted to point out that The Cub came from a successful KickStarter. After Amazon Payments and Kickstarter take their cut, and assuming all and only monies collected via Kickstarter were used, that means the budget for this short was $4,500.