What do you like in a Short Film?

What do you like in a Short Film?

Mr. Boogedy's picture

Trying to figure out what makes a good horror short. What do you look for or want in a horror/thriller short film?

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shreddedremains's picture

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder my friend. What is good to you maybe ok to others and what is bad for others maybe outstanding to you. I'm in film school right now and we have watched tons of short films and the only thing I can see that is consistent about them is that they are all consistently different from one another. Take for instance Tim Burton's short film, Vincent and compare it to Black Rider or the Lunch Date. All three are incredibly entertaining and imaginative in their own ways but all three are also very different. How long are u looking to make these films? That also matters as well. After all, if it's a 5 minute piece, we need to be dropped straight into the action and if its longer we will have a little time for back story and character developement. Anyway, I can go on and on, but to answer your question: a surprise ending. Nothing is better. Watch the Black Rider and you will see what I mean.

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Mr. Boogedy's picture

All good points. At the end of the day, the story is key and depending on the type being told all of the other elements invovled are determined. As far as length goes, I do believe most of the stronger shorts tend to be 10 minutes or less. The shorts format seems simple but it's very difficult to tell an interesting, compelling story with that tight of time. Most of the longer films (15-30 mins) tend to drag at times it seems, on average.

Thanks on the tip for BLACK RIDER, I haven't seen it yet so I'll definitely check it out.

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TheBANG's picture

Film fundamentals. Whether a film is 5 minutes or 2 hours they all have to follow solid fim making techniques.

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Mr. Boogedy's picture

I'd actually like to see someone take a stab at known horror icons like Freddy or Jason. Not cheesy productions but well thoughout stories that are clever ways to keep those characters fresh. Something along the lines of a really cool teaser. Too bad Universal Horror Nights never did anything like that for when they had those characters.  

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dfileccia's picture

I prefer solid film techniques.  There are many 20 minute shorts that put me to sleep and there are a few I feel end to soon.  The short 2081 based on Kurt Vonnegut's "Harrison Bergeron" is a great example of a great short.

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calebbotts's picture

I like to see some depth, some imagery, some allegory, and just a solid plot. A short story should focus on the plot, it should be suspensful and if possible it should have an unexpected yet indicated twist.

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