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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Who likes short shorts?

I've just back from the Brief Encounters short film event in Bristol. 10 Seconds was showing there as well as my good old friend Joe Tunmers latest Mockingbird.

We also saw some great shorts. But this was a bitter sweet feeling for me. Joe's film is fantastic, but it took over 5 years to get to the screen. And there was a similar story behind most of the films. Is there a future for these kind of shorts? To compete in this arena at this level you need such high production values and budget and help from funding etc that you could have shot a feature! And then at least you've got a better chance of getting some money back in.

I know it seems a strange question - but I wonder if short films have got too good? Too good for these small outlets at least. Either they need to get cheaper or we need a way to get them more mainstream.

Still from "The Adventures of the Tattooed Man" by Tim Clague and Adrian Ward for Britannia Building Society

1 comment:

Paul Draper said...

I like the old idea of a short film before a main feature at the cinema.

You see it now and again - "The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper" was shown before the latest Wallace and Gromit film and was excellent, although of course it was made by DreamWorks, and they can pretty much do what they want.