Short films like short stories are something that is very precise and interesting to watch. So, when conceiving ideas about short films, you have to keep in mind that your short film idea should be precise. Conceive ideas that are symbolic, deals with one or two themes, less number of characters, contain less scenes and sequences. Since, the length of the film is short, too many sequences can add chaos to the film. If you follow the tips on conceiving ideas, you’ll see your budget is automatically cut. Less scenes/sequences and characters means the budget is cut without compromising the quality of the film. Watch this short by Christopher Nolan, which deals with one character, one scene and one location. The idea is symbolic which makes it interesting to watch.
Original ideas for short film are obviously good. But, you as a writer or director have to judge whether the story is good enough or not. Don’t just make a film with sloppy storyline, just because it’s original. You can resort to the vast world of literature for inspiration. You can adapt the story as per your creativity or you can take some idea and turn it to make something else. There is nothing wrong in it. Legendary filmmakers like Satyajit Ray have adapted most of their films from literature.
Plan your film around familiar locations. If your film is completely indoor, try to know the space you’ll be shooting thoroughly, then plan your scenes utilizing the space. If you don’t do that, you might miss some interesting corner of the space which will remain unutilized. If you are filming in the outdoor location, do it in a location where you are familiar with the challenges. So, if you shoot in a marketplace, it will be crowded and noisy and you’ll have to make advance planning how you’ll deal with that. This short film by Iranian Filmmaker Jafar Panahi concerns three characters and is shot completely outdoor. To make such a film with limited budget and time you need high amount of planning and scheduling for the shoot.
When you are making a low budget film, obviously you’ll not have Hollywood Gears to shoot. But don’t make it an excuse for poor quality. Technology today has made possible to make short films with a mobile phone camera. As Anurag Kashyap said, “Your film might be low-budget, but it shouldn’t look like one.” So, utilize the gears you have at your disposal and make something that looks perfect and not poor. So, for example, if you don’t have Sound Recording equipments, try to use your creativity to make a film with very less dialogues. But, don’t make the dialogues sound noisy and disturbing. This will affect the quality of the film. Necessity is the mother of invention. If you want some special shot badly, try to execute it with small “jugaads”. A famous jugaad for Dolly is the wheelchair. Also, utilize natural lighting as much as possible to reduce cost of artificial lighting.
It doesn’t end with shooting. You have to edit the film to produce the structure of the film. Though editing softwares are easily accessible now, but it is recommended that you hire a professional editor to edit your film because they’ll provide aesthetic inputs by using various editing styles. This will make the film precise (which is the ultimate goal) and stylize it. Even if you are editing it yourself, make sure you know about various montage techniques. A well edited film is always a treat to watch.
Open Windows Movie Maker to get its main interface, as shown below. Now, you can try the following steps to import files to Movie Maker: Click the Home tab and then click the Add videos and photos button in the Add group. In the Add Videos and Photos dialog box, select the photo or video that you want to add and then click on the Open button to continue. You can press the Ctrl button to select more than one file to import. After adding photos to Movie Maker 2012 you can change the Duration of your photos. The default is 7 seconds. Sometimes, you may receive the warning “Movie Maker is preparing your files.” Movie Maker will generate preview files to improve playback of some video file types. If the message appears when you import files, wait until the program has finished generating the previews before trying to edit. Depending on the number and size of files in your project, this might take a few minutes. Windows Movie Maker can also let you create movies by using photos and videos imported from Photo Galleries, DVD’s, digital camcorders or smartphones. You can read this post, “How to Add Pictures and Videos to Windows Movie Maker”, to see more detailed information.
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Click the Add music button under the Home tab. Click Add Music option to add audio to the entire project. (Here, if you want to place the audio at a particular point in the project, you can navigate to the place in the project and then choose the Add music at the current point.) Select the music file you wish to import and then click the Open button.
A third point, worth highlighting because it brings the Honda Cog and Der Lauf der Dinge in line not only with each other, but aligns them with major issues in lm studies and lm theory, is that both are the work of bona de lmmakers. I already highlighted this in my comments on the Honda Cog and its proximity to the Hollywood blockbuster, but it is worth pointing out that Der Lauf der Dinge only exists as a lm/videotape: it is not the lmic record of a performance of machinic self-destruction, but an event staged specically for the camera. The mise-en-scne in each case is that of an auteur director, who decides exactly where to place the camera, when to move it, how to 174 175 Form
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