Thinking about creating your own short film? Well these are things you’ll have to get organized: money, cast, location, equipment, camera crew and a script. But first things first, you must start out with a good idea and expand from there.
For a little guidance, I’ve scoured the Internet for a few resources that are easy to follow, practical and informative. I’ve found everything from simple tips, to a step-by-step process, to longer how-tos:
For a neatly packed list of basic tips, look to Dan’s Top 10 Tips for Short Filmmakers. These tips make it all look and sound so easy!
Here’s another list of helpful tips from taltopia.com. Sometimes you have to think beyond what’s in front of you.
If you’re working with bare-bones equipment, no money and shoddy talent, check out this article at luceo.net. Though a lengthy read, it’s actually pretty funny, while still offering insightful guidance.
Another resource for those working on a low to zero budget: Kid in the Front Row. This one particular blog post has some great ideas on what to say and how to get free stuff — access to a location, hiring talent, using equipment, even feeding your crew.
I find myself frequently heading to ehow for easy recipes and home décor ideas. Little did I know that they have step-by-step instructions for creating your own short film, as well. I like how the instructions also include simple ideas that enhance the look and feel of your film.
Assuming you have the capital and are a more serious filmmaker, this paper details some useful guidelines in the preparation and production of a documentary short.