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Short Films – What Fuels Its Popularity?

 November 13, 2018  /  Comments Off on Short Films – What Fuels Its Popularity?

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A crisp story that has a compelling narrative, which touches the viewer’s emotional side – that’s what a short film is all about. In recent years, this form of media has been immensely appreciated both by the audience and by film critics. A Short Film Maker sees this format of film making as something which has depth without the length of feature films.

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It would not be an exaggeration if we say that short films are pushing the boundaries of creativity and reaching audience in ways that we cannot fathom. We are pressed to ask what fuels this enormous popularity of short films? Before we dig into these factors let us briefly understand how short films and documentaries are different from feature films.

How Different is a Short Film From a Feature Film?

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says that a short film is “an original motion picture that has a running time of 40 minutes or less, including all credits“. Thus we can conclude that short films as their name suggests are much shorter in length. Apart from this, there are 2 major elements that set these two part. A feature film has has more characters and pretty complex script where as a short film revolves around fewer characters and much simpler storyline. Similarly both these forms are films have their own structure. Short films give glimpse of into social or political themes or any other pressing issue, whereas feature film is a full-length film intended to entertain the audience in the world of cinema.

Factors That Make Short Films So Popular:

  • Easy Accessibility: Short films can thank the inventors of internet for their popularity. It is staggering to see the enormous amount of media that is consumed by people of all ages using internet. With faster devices and cheaper internet, short films have become accessible to a much larger audience. Video channels like YouTube, Vimeo and several others have got short films from around the world under one roof.  
  • Appreciation From the Audience: Leading Filmmakers in Delhi, Skittles Productions says that the shorter version of the film is highly appreciated by the new age audience. Internet users today do not have the patience to watch a movie for 2 hours and thus when a gripping story is told beautifully in just 30-40 minutes, they just adore it. Short Filmmakers in Delhi are now trying to create more engaging storytelling techniques and concepts which the audience can easily relate to.
  • More Platforms: The past decade has seen an explosion in the number of film festivals and award ceremonies that are held in India and around the globe. Such platforms are more openly embracing short films and respecting them as a distinct genre. Film critics appreciate the shorter format for its impact and thus people are become more aware of how good short films can be. This gives a Short Film Maker a much needed boost to pursue his passion.
  • Technological Assistance: Filmmakers today have a generation of young editors, technicians and graphic designers who can help them up the quality of their films. Skittles Productions is one such dynamic team that offers end to end solution in short film making. People who are extremely skilled to handle latest equipment and technology are able to elevate short films to the level of feature films.
  • Greater Profit: Budget has always been a constraint for short film makers. Thanks to boom in Internet users and the mobile platform, the viewership of such films has exploded beyond measures which in turn is helping short filmmakers attract more money. Advertisers and sponsors are ready to invest in Short Films to reach a wide variety of online audience.  

Short filmmakers today are more adventurous and ready to speak about every concept under the sun with boldness. With so many factors fueling their passion, we can expect this genre of filmmaking to establish a distinct personality of its own in the near future and be appreciated for what it is.

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