Plan of Action

I think my first step is to consider what type of film I want to make, by that I mean how it would be categorised in a festival. Would it be CGI, live action, 2D etc?

My first thoughts are that I want a mixture of 3D and 2D. Mostly because I enjoy modelling and have discovered a love of animating in After Effects. However, I think it would be best to focus mainly on 3D and use After Effects to edit afterwards.

Furthermore, it gives me a chance to improve on a lot of aspects of work, I’ll get some experience in rigging, texturing, lighting, rendering and animating, along with getting to use different software.

That brings us to genre, ideally I’d like to do horror, as I love horror films. That being said, I think I should first settle on an idea before really nestling into a particular genre (or sub-genre). (*whispers* but it will be horror).

Right, so the next step I think is going to be settling on an idea.



Answers to my Questions

These are the answers to the questions posed in my notebook;

  1. It is a psychological horror film
  2. The film can be any length shorter than 30mins depending on the festival
  3. Depends on the festival you are entering. Some are open to all kinds, whereas some have a particular theme.
  4. I’ve yet to truly figure that out- ask me later. Just kidding, have your idea, write the script (possibly with a character profile), plot what assets needed to be created, work out the most important tasks and what tasks need to be completed so that you can move on etc.
  5. 3D animation (hopefully)
  6. See the post on Script Format
  7. Basically… that its short. No, only joking, the story is generally paced much quicker, and there is a faster character introduction
  8. I need at least two humanoid characters, one bird, and also cars
  9. Insanity
  10. Depends on the festival, some are free, some aren’t
  11. See this post
  12. Yeah, I don’t think I’ll waste the petrol, because I’ll probably drive into the sea quicker than find anywhere that isn’t near a KFC
  13. The deadlines vary. I’m aiming for the one in February in Hamburg.
  14. Again, varies. Generally .mp4.
  15. Sound wise, diegetic might be best.
  16. Could try Sarah or Nesta to compose something.
  17. I’ll use Maya and After Effects mainly.
  18. See list
  19. Animating, rigging, lighting and sound. At the very least.

What I’ll Enter

I’m currently trying to compile a list of short film competitions that I will enter my film into. The issue is that with such a wealth of festivals, taking account of all of them is just not feasible so I’ve started with a list of the festivals that were mentioned in my books and will add on from there.

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My current plans of competitions to enter, are the free ones since I don’t have a job right now, paying to enter competitions is not really suitable for me. Below is my current list of festivals to enter and I intend to add to this when I feel like it.

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I found that quite a lot of the film festivals on the British Film Institute were either out of operation or not yet open for this year. That being said their little table was very handy for finding a lot of links.

From The Book : In Short: A Guide to Short Film-making in the Digital Age

Harvard Citations

BFI. (2016). Film festivals for young filmmakers. Available: Last accessed 21st Nov 2016.

Elsey, E. and Kelly, A.. (2002). Selection of festivals showing short films. In: Elsey, E. and Kelly, A. In Short: A Guide to Short Film-making in the Digital Age. London: British Film Institute. p152-155.

Raindance. (2013). World’s Top Short Film Festivals. Available: Last accessed 22nd Nov 2016.

Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect

Part 2 Five (Not So) Easy Screenplays (p61-126)

  • The Discovery
  • The Decision
  • The Boxing Match
  • The Improbable connection
  • The Long Short Screenplay

The Long Short Screenplay – write a ten page screenplay (p112-113)

  1. Choose an idea somehow important to you
  2. Simple story, complex character
  3. Story must change the character somehow
  4. Clear surface action with deep character arc
  5. Make sure the action is specific moments of change
  6. Explore, develop and weave together conflict and connection
  7. Make sure its unique and universal (Screenplay Paradox)
  8. Enjoy the process
  9. Do not exceed ten pages
  10. Write the film you want to see