Short Films Online

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Where do you feel most comfortable when buying or watching a short film?
    A question for my media work.
    Where do you feel most comfortable when buying or watching a short film?

    Im making a short film as part of my media course work. Part of this is a research phase that requiers me to investigate possible distribution methods. If you could spare a few minutes if you watch short films online and or by short films and if so how much are you willing to pay?

    • ANSWER:
      or £5
      home, couch, youtube

  2. QUESTION:
    Where do you feel most comfortable watching a short film?
    A question for my media work.
    Where do you feel most comfortable when you are watching a short film?

    Youtube, Vimeo, Console marketplace like xbox, or other that i did not mention.

    Im making a short film as part of my media course work. Part of this is a research phase that requiers me to investigate possible distribution methods. I have made my choice to market it for free but where? If you could please spare a few minutes if you watch short films online, thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      definitely youtube. I love shortfilms! :)

  3. QUESTION:
    Where can I watch short films online?
    I just asked a Oscar question on who will win Best Short Documentary. I presumed that I could watch short films on Youtube but so far could only c the trailers for two short films. Would I guess that I need 2 view a short film online on some particular website like Lulu or Megaupload or something the same way as regular films & TV shows?

    • ANSWER:
      I too am having the same problem. I cannot even find them on some of the not reputable sites! And the shorts and documentaries are looking particularly interesting this year!

      Karthick thanks, I tried it but it doesnt have the short films for the oscars do you have any other sites or am I doing something wrong?

  4. QUESTION:
    What is this short film about homosexual brothers who commit suicide?
    In the short film, which I found online, two brothers develop an incestuous relationship. Their parents discover them, they run away and go to a hotel, where they commit suicide by handcuffing themselves underwater in the hotel pool.

    What is the name of this film, and where can I find it online?

    • ANSWER:
      good ending. haha

  5. QUESTION:
    Are there any short film contests available in Toronto or online?
    I'm looking for any short film contests I can enter online or in Toronto. It doesn't matter if the final deadline for this year has passed, I can enter next year as well.
    So far I've only been able to find The Indie Short Film Competition.
    I don't need many details, just a link to the website would help.

    • ANSWER:
      The Worldwide Short Film Festival is taking place as we speak in Toronto (it's in Toronto every year) and I highly recommend submitting. Even if your film isn't accepted in the festival competition, it'll be available in the festival "marketplace" where industry delegates browse all the submissions and choose films they may want to distribute or purchase.

      Also, if you're a student, many programs include one or two student films, so they won't dismiss you if you're a bit experienced. Just keep in mind that the longer your short is, the more spectacular it has to be for them to justify the time length.

      http://www.worldwideshortfilmfest.com/

      The National Film Board of Canada also has an annual online short competition:

      http://www3.nfb.ca/webextension/cannes/

      I recommend calling or visiting the NFB (it's in Toronto) to get info about submitting.

      And, in Toronto, a smaller film festival:

      The Cabbagetown Short Film & Video Festival
      http://www.cabbagetownshortfilmandvideofestival.com/

      Finally, if you want to find more competitive festivals to submit to, try this directory:
      http://dir.yahoo.com/Entertainment/Movies_and_Film/Film_Festivals/Short_Films/?o=a

      It has a lot of great international options.

      As to online contests, not festivals, Filmaka usually has something running open to different nationalities:

      http://www.filmaka.com/

      I think your best bet, though, is to submit to competitive festivals. Even if you don't win, being included in a festival is great exposure.

      good luck!

  6. QUESTION:
    Does anyone rememeber a short film called Pencil Head?
    Some years ago there was this short film online called Pencil Head (not sure if I'm spelling it right) and lots of people said it was kind of scary. I never watched it and blocked it out of my mind until my sister brought it up to me the other day. Does anyone know where I can watch it?

    • ANSWER:
      Here you go...

      http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/774360/

  7. QUESTION:
    Where can I watch the newest short films?
    Are the short films that are presented in film festivals like sundance or the world wide short film festival, online for us to see or are they only to be viewed in person at the festival?

    Or do you guys know of any site that shows short films? Not fan-made but actual short films that have been shown on these festivals etc...?

    • ANSWER:
      Try this site:
      www.watch-full-movies.org

  8. QUESTION:
    Where can I find this short film online?
    I'm trying to find the short film "Russell Fish: The Sausage and Eggs Incident." It's a nine-minute long film that has been featured in several film screenings. The director is Terence Heuston, and Chris Colfer starred in it. I can't seem to find it anywhere that doesn't make me take a stupid survey where you're required to give out personal information. If anyone could find it online, I would really appreciate it.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      We really appreciate you trying to track down the film. Unfortunately, there are a lot of film festivals that only accept films that are unavailable on-line, so we've been withholding it for the time being. Once we are done with our festival run - probably sometime in the Spring, we will distribute it. If you want to follow the screenings or know when it is going to be available, you can become a "fan" of it on facebook: "Russel Fish: The Sausage and Eggs Incident" page. We also do periodic updates at "Trebuchetfilms.com"

      Sorry to make it so "top secret" for the time being. Once again, we really appreciate your interest.

      Best,
      Terence

  9. QUESTION:
    How to promote my short film?
    Hi,

    I recently made a short film that got selected for the World Film Festival of Montreal and now I upoladed it to youtube and vimeo and dailymotion but it doesn't get enough views. I was wondering if there were any free short film festivals online or somewhere else that I could just send a link to and "promote" it?

    Thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      You could try www.iziggus.com they offer some pretty cool packages and they show some great video examples.

      Hope this helps

  10. QUESTION:
    What filming equipment would I need to make a short film?
    I would like to make some short films and need to buy equipment for them. However, I'm not sure what I'm going to need. The films will be fairly simple but need to look professional - Please help!!

    Is there any special lighting equipment and sound equipment that I might need? Also any editing equipment I might need?

    • ANSWER:
      Dear Music Dude,

      The best and only advice you can rely on is this: do your research, watch short films online from reputable locations (YouTube Screening Room, Sundance Film Festival, Funny or Die.com, etc.), check out short film programs at local film festivals and see if you find a Director of Photography's work that you admire and believe is capable of making your film look like you want it to.

      Then start searching locally for a Director of Photography (DP) in your area who *has their own equipment* that could match the look you love.

      When making a short you want to have the best DP who owns the highest quality equipment and is in full agreement with the kind of film you have in mind.

      With a solid script, great casting, a professional editor and a clear vision of what you want - you cannot fail.

      All my best,
      Roberta Munroe
      Author -- How Not To Make A Short Film: Secrets From A Sundance Programmer
      http://www.RobertaMunroe.com

  11. QUESTION:
    How to promote my short film through online?
    I made a short film with title "ACTION" & 3 different narration versions wise as INDIAN, INTERNATIONAL & HOLLYWOOD. Today morning, I released (ACTION VERSION 1 - INDIAN)" in youtube.com & facebook.com. Now, I would like to promote it in online aggressively to make it go viral on net is My main Aim inorder to reach maximum Netizens around the globe. what should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      open a youtube channel, facebook account and twitter

  12. QUESTION:
    How to promote my short film through online?
    I made a short film with title "ACTION" & 3 different narration versions wise as INDIAN, INTERNATIONAL & HOLLYWOOD. Today morning, I released (ACTION VERSION 1 - INDIAN)" in youtube.com & facebook.com. Now, I would like to promote it in online aggressively to make it go viral on net is My main Aim inorder to reach maximum Netizens around the globe. what should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      youtube is the best option for promoting.

  13. QUESTION:
    What would I classify an online short film/ awareness video as on my acting resume?
    I just finished a video that will be broadcasted across youtube and different websites that is a short film and an awareness video. What would I classify this under (film, commercial, etc) Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You can classify it as a "short film" or you can also call it an "industrial video." IMDB.com has many registered short films. You can also try to get your project up on there for more exposure.

  14. QUESTION:
    If i post my short film online, can i still send it to festivals?
    Basically, if i want to post my short film on YouTube or Vimeo, i heard that festivals only accept films that haven't been seen before. Is this true?

    • ANSWER:
      check with the Festivals rules. Its really hard to say whether your talking about The Cannes or Toronto Film Festivals. or the East Texas Community College Film Festival.

      They all have different rules and your not gonna find the answer here (not without telling us what festivals). Check the website and read the rules carefully. and other questions and you should contact them.

      Good Luck with your film

  15. QUESTION:
    How do I create my own short animations?
    I'd like to start making my own short animations with sound, similar to the short flash films found online. I'm just an amature looking to have a little fun and mess around for a few hours from time to time. What programs would I need? Can I get them free? Can I turn them into a .wmv to play on my computer? How about putting them in a format to be played on a DVD player? Thanks much for any help!

    • ANSWER:
      I asked myself this very same question this morning. Guess I'll sit tight and see what kind of answers you get.

  16. QUESTION:
    What equipment at minimum would I need to start making my short films and webisodes?
    I'm making short films and webisodes. Genres: Horror, Action, and Drama. I just need to know the equipment I would need to start making them.

    • ANSWER:
      at absolute bare minimum, you will need a digital camera/ camcorder that records in full high-definition. You can get free video and sound editing software online (I would recommend Audacity for sound, and Lightworks for editing, with Windows Movie Maker for titles).

      You also should consider things like microphones, DVD burners, etc.

  17. QUESTION:
    How do get involved with short films and student films?
    I would really like to get involved in short films and student film, but I don't know how to go about it. I live in London, and am 20mins away from central london. Does anyone know I can go about getting involved?

    • ANSWER:
      Local colleges are the best way to go. Find some nearby schools that have a focus on film making and submit a headshot and resume to them. Usually those directors are dying for new faces instead of the same old actors from the school. In fact, they're usually grateful enough to provide you a copy of the final product and (if you have enough work) will offer to help you make a reel in lieu of payment.

      Also, look at local audition postings. A lot of times there's a long list of theatre auditions and then a smaller list of local filmmakers looking for small parts in independent films. In America we have Craigslist online which is a free post and there are always a lot of opportunities there. Does London have an equivalent?

      And just for good measure, networking is such an important tool for film! Meet as many film-associated people as you can and meet their friends, then theirs... Schools are the best places to do that. If you're in a position to enroll in a film class (just a freelance class- not college level) you'll meet a lot of people there who are in the class, or even the folks teaching, who will be able to give you more contacts and places to find casting opportunities.

      These are things that worked for me! Best of luck to you!!

  18. QUESTION:
    How do I get my short films seen?
    I have made several short films in the UK. I have used real crews and done everything professionally but I don't have that much knowledge about film festivals or how to contact industry workers to show them.
    Any help would be great!

    • ANSWER:
      Almost all film festivals (except the really big ones like Sundance etc) use a clearing house called Without A Box. You go to www.withoutabox.com and register for free; you can see all the festivals that are currently taking submissions and enter online. You pay the entry fees for whatever festivals you enter and then supply the festival with the content (usually on DVD) for screening.

      Check the rules for the festivals you enter before you upload to YouTube etc - many have rules which would make your film ineligible for competition if it has been widely available on the web.

      Good luck!

  19. QUESTION:
    What are some good public domain stories to adapt to short films?
    I want to shoot a short film and I am looking for a good story that I can use that hasn't already been used or barely used. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      How about The Trial for Murder by Charles Dickens? It is very short and quite good. http://www.online-literature.com/dickens/2942/

      There is also The Signal-Man by Charles Dickens; also very short and excellent. http://www.online-literature.com/dickens/2941/

      As far as I know, The Signal-Man was made once a long time ago and The Trial for Murder never.

      If you wanted slightly longer stories which would require more actors, you may be interested in either The Chimes by Charles Dickens (it was made into a silent film in 1914, but that's it) http://www.online-literature.com/dickens/the-chimes/ or The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain by Charles Dickens (which hasn't been made) http://www.online-literature.com/dickens/the-haunted-man/

      You may want to check this site http://www.classicshorts.com/author.html which has some classic short stories. Then you could check http://www.imdb.com/ IMDB to see if it has been made into a movie.

      I hope this helps.

  20. QUESTION:
    How do I take a few seconds of footage from a short film?
    I have a short film that I own and I want to cut some footage from the film and post it online, about 10 seconds worth.
    How do I do that and what do I need?

    • ANSWER:
      just movie maker, or some video editing software. all you would do is import the video into the program, and delete all the stuff you dont want. you are left with that 10 seconds of video.

  21. QUESTION:
    Where can I find the short film Devilwood?
    Does anyone know where I can see the movie Devilwood online. I am pretty sure it is a short film, about 11 minutes long or so. I found a trailer on youtube, and it looks really good, but now I can't find it anywhere.

    • ANSWER:
      im sorry i just looked online for an hour and i can't find it i will keep trying though

  22. QUESTION:
    What's the best place to show my short film online?
    Does anyone know good places to put my film online? Its too long and big for YouTube. Its about 12 mins long and 350mb, thugh of course that can change if encoded to different formats. I've put it up on Google Video using the specifications they suggest and it looks very pixellated and rubbish. Any suggestions for sites or best specifications for Google Video?
    As I said, it's too big for YouTube. I've tried putting it on Google Video but the quality of picture is very bad. Can someone tell me how to get a good picture on Google?

    • ANSWER:
      visit www.youtube.com where you can upoload your moives and it will be available to viwe from every one . And if want to make it personal then visit www.rapidshire.com/www.shareware.com and you will upload it and send it via hyperlink to whom you want to send it.
      so cheers
      and go ahead..............

  23. QUESTION:
    How to make a short film series?
    I have written several stories and would like to put them in short films, how can I accomplish this and where do I begin? Some of the stories are original some of them are fan fiction...

    • ANSWER:
      The first thing you should do is get your hands on the best camera you can. Either buying it, or borrowing it from someone. Use available lighting if you're going for cheap (borrow some work lights and can lights). Shoot outside on a cloudy day (the clouds diffuse the sunlight). Get friends and family to star in it. Get a decent editing program. (Sony Vegas has packages in all price ranges).

      Once you know you have the means to shoot these short films, finesse the scripts. Write them in proper form (celtx is a good program for formatting scripts, and it's free). Cast your actors, and let them have the scripts.

      During shooting, establish the shots. Do combinations of up-close, low angle, high angle, and far away shots. Also do cut sequences jumping from person to person as they talk. Use props and cheap effects. Dolly shots make your pieces look pretty good. You can make a track dolly by yourself, but I won't waste time saying how as there are hundreds of tutorials for them online.

      Once you have the shots, take them into an editing program and cut them together as you'd like. Find music (royalty free if you're going to do anything with these). Then finish them up on DVD. You can make a website for the series, get a fan base on youtube. Etc.

      For any specific questions on how to achieve an effect or anything else film related, you can email me and I'd be more than happy to help.

  24. QUESTION:
    How to use song in short film?
    I'm creating a short film and I already purchased the song on itunes "Puff the Magic Dragon". I am making two versions one with the song to put it on youtube and without to submit it on online film festivals. Is there any way that I can use a portion of the song and have it be legal.

    • ANSWER:
      Did he dies?

  25. QUESTION:
    I need some help on making a short film?
    I am making a short film. I am only an eighth grader and I have no idea how to make one. It is horror/suspense and I need tips on what to do. I have written the script and everything, I just need to actually put it together now. Like actors(probably classmates), camera crew (I wish), BUDGET, and the worst is, it takes place in a school at night, so how do I do that?! If you could at least answer a few of these questions that would be great. THANKS!

    • ANSWER:
      BUDGET:Go to party city they have lots of horror things but probably not in stores go online and go to the Halloween section, most things don't cost to much
      CAMERA CREW:You could get a classmate or friend who is a tech geek or likes to take pictures, maybe ask the class nerd. But it's really not that hard you just get a camera(if you don't have one barrow a friends) and point and shoot.
      SCHOOL AT NIGHT:well seems easy enough most janitors are there at night from the television shows I've seen, go in the hallways turn on the lights or bring flash lights and point them where you wanna shoot it's good being in the dark for horror so get a flash light And point in not IN the scean but Maybe close to the camera, so it shows enough light to shoot good quality or maybe turn on school lights there must be lamps or somthing...
      ACTORS:classmates are good, mabye even family! Chose people how there character seems; if the main character is easily scared get a friend whose like that, or if the main character is brave get someone like that.

  26. QUESTION:
    I need some help on making a short film?
    I am making a short film. I am only an eighth grader and I have no idea how to make one. It is horror/suspense and I need tips on what to do. I have written the script and everything, I just need to actually put it together now. Like actors(probably classmates), camera crew (I wish), BUDGET, and the worst is, it takes place in a school at night, so how do I do that?! If you could at least answer a few of these questions that would be great. THANKS!

    • ANSWER:
      Hmm, you are facing a lot of the same problems that big budget movies face, so don't be too worried. This will take a lot of work, you'll have to be patient, and keep in mind that you might have to improvise on the fly.

      Alright, with the budget you'll have to prioritize. Since you probably won't be paying cast or crew what you want your budget to focus on is production design. You'll have to try and figure out how much it will cost to make your movie before you even shoot a single second. First, price check all the things like props (since this is a horror you'll be looking at stuff like stage blood and stage knives, etc.) costumes. This might cost a lot, or a little, it will depend on some things. If your actors can provide their own costumes, that they don't mind getting dirty (even ruined) it will be cheaper. Also, stage blood can get expensive, if you want you can make batches of your own (there are plenty of recipes online that can give you specifics). As for any other props, it will depend on where and in what condition you buy them in, but props can be fairly cheap.

      Sorry to stay on the budget, but budget is very important, I would suggest investing in some kind of light kit (there are expensive ones, but you could put one together yourself using a work light from a hardware store and then getting some light gels). I'm guessingyou're most likely using a camcorder so look into getting a couple of extra tapes/SD cards in case something happens to the one in the camera or it gets full. And finally, this is one of the most important parts of budget making for movies is, you will want to have extra funds available just in case something goes out of control.

      Onto the camera crew. A camera crew can simply be made of 2 or 3 people, and you may include yourself as one of these people;
      -a camera operator, someone who knows the camera fairly well and can do minor troubleshooting in case something isn't working properly.
      -a 1st AC who takes care of the memory card/tape when it is filled and has another at the ready, they also will watch the camera when the camera operator is away (bathroom, food, stuff like that)
      -(optional) if you decide to invest in lights a gaffer is a good person to have, they move the lights around, make sure that the lights have power, and they put gels on them.

      Now for locations; this may not be as tricky as you think. Granted it may take a bit of working the system, but it can be very educational. First, talk to the school you want to shoot at, specifically, talking to the principal is a good place to start. This will be a time to pitch your movie, you are trying to sell this to the location. Because this is a horror/suspense, it might be good to downplay the horror and focus on the more suspense aspect of the script.
      Even, then the principal might ask that you go through another person (the school board, the janitorial office, somebody), don't get discouraged, keep on going and if necessary make the same pitch you made to the principal. Now the thing about shooting at night will be tricky to sell. You could try that just to see, however, it is probably not going to happen. In that case, suggest shooting during the day when no classes are taking place (if that's the case, remember that extra money in the budget? You can use that to buy this stuff called duvetyne and gaffer tape. Then you can tape the duvetyne over windows and stuff to make it look like it is night in the school).
      And if the school doesn't go for it then you can maybe try a local community college or see if you can get permission to film at a place that looks like a school and then you can edit footage together to appear as if you are shooting at some school.

      I hope that helps; movie making is hard work, but it can be the most rewarding experience you have. Good luck and I have attached some URL's to some of the film supplies I was talking about:

      Duvetyne:
      http://www.filmtools.com/duv54rolx50y.html

      Gaffer Tape
      http://www.ebay.com/itm/GAFFERS-TAPE-GAFF-TAPE-1-X-60YD-BLACK-OR-WHITE-/200666121877?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2eb8a20695

      Gels (I recommend only getting Blues and Oranges, specifically CTO Full and CTB full)
      CTO Full
      http://search.filmtools.com/search?keywords=CTO+full&catalog=cinemasupplies&go.x=0&go.y=0
      CTB Full
      http://www.filmtools.com/31-lee-s201.html

  27. QUESTION:
    Does posting short films online damage or lower your credibility as an aspiring actress or director?
    Today almost everybody can make a short film and post it online. But do people take seriously the actors and directors who make this shorts when trying to make it? Or do they see them like a lot of casting crews see the people who do reality shows, you know like they aren't real actors. You know they look down on them. I just wanted to know what you thought about it.
    I want to make short films too as a hobby but aspire to be a serious actress.

    • ANSWER:
      If you aren't doing anything, no one sees you. If you look at the indie movement over the past 20 years or so, you'll notice that a considerable number of folks started there and are now working in the big leagues.

      As far as being a serious actress, you have to act. You need to take every oppurtunity to practice your craft. Look at every "serious actress" you admire and find out where they began. If you look a the great actresses of stage and screen, you'll find they came from every conceivable background, have done every kind of job and been discovered in just as many different ways. How many of today's serious actress' can trace their livelyhoods to a toothpaste commercial, shampoo commercial, donut shop commercial, off-off-off broadway play, community theather? The screen is full of these ladies, the only thing that have in common is that they worked at their craft and had the passion to make it happen.

      Explore every avenue open to you. The best actresses are those who see and experience the the world, they are great observers.

      I hope this helps.

  28. QUESTION:
    Short film about kid who kills mannequins who turn out to be people.?
    I saw a short film about a year ago online. This kid drives into town, hits a mannequin. The mannequins start freaking him out and threatening him so he kills a family of them with a baseball bat. Then he gets arrested as they turn out to be people. Does anyone know the title or where i could watch this again? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      "Still Life"
      Nathan Evans, a young college student suffering from sleep deprivation, drives along a highway after finals. Stopping in a small town, he discovers the towns people are mannequins. In an attempt to escape his nightmare Nathan runs into a residential, to find a mannequin family.
      Breaking under the pressure, Nathan loses control and smashes the family to pieces. Catching a glimpse of himself in a mirror, Nathan is shocked to discover not everything appears, as it seems. A non-stop thrill ride in the likes of the Twilight Zone, Still Life takes the audience on an adventure ..

      EDIT: I'd watch it here but my computer security system won't allow it unless I agree.

  29. QUESTION:
    Where could I get a replica rifle for a short film in Queensland, Australia?
    I am based in QLD and am in need of a MODERN replica rifle for a short film. I do not have a gun licence, if that makes a difference. The replica does not have to be the same weight or have working parts. Please help me out here guys!

    • ANSWER:
      I am in the USA but a quick internet search disclosed a number of online sources, including:
      http://collectorsarmoury.com.au/
      http://www.replicagunsandordnanceaustralia.com/
      http://www.southerncrossmilitaria.com/firearms-replica-deactivated--antique.html

      Also, be sure that you don't violate the complex regulations re firearms possession.

  30. QUESTION:
    does anyone know a good road safety film online?
    I need a good road safety film online, does anyone have recommendations? It should focus on safe traffic during holidays and shouldn't be too short.
    The one suggested is really good as a road safety video, but if there was something loner, like a short 20-min film that focuses more on general traffic safety during holidays or other peak travel times, I'd be happy!

    • ANSWER:
      One of the best of recent years is this - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0LCmStIw9E

  31. QUESTION:
    If I made a online short film Or sketch show, would that be worth it?
    If I made a online short film Or sketch show, would that be worth it and also how would i be best to do It like how would I start off, write the scripts, get the camera , find actors, then film or what, HELP PLEASE and if anyone has ideas for Sketch show tell me and you can maybe help write stuff for it!

    • ANSWER:
      I think it would be worth it! For actors, you could just use some friends and for a sketch, you could do stick people with funny Asian cartoon emotions. This would be funny to put in it, someone could accidentally shoot their friends pet chimp.

  32. QUESTION:
    What is a good begginer video camera for a film student?
    I am trying to make short films, trailers, music videos, pretty much anything, but have no clue what video camera I should purchase or what film editing software. I am a film/broadcasting major but because I am a freshman I have not been able to take any of the film classes, so I am struggling to figure it all out on my own. Any tips or suggestions would be very much appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Instead of just buying a random camera that random people online suggest, as well as struggling trying to figure things out on your own, I'd suggest simply hanging out around the older video students and offering to help with their projects. You can probably get them to help with yours once you become friends with them and have learned a thing or two from them, all while using school equipment

      It's really great you're hungry to learn and it's really a shame that your school does not allow you to take any production courses in your first year. That's kind of odd from my experience. At any rate, everyone always needs people to help with their projects and video/film is all about networking. So if you spend less tyme trying to do things alone and buying random cameras based on currently unqualified knowledge, and working with people who know a little more and will allow you to be around school-approved equipment, you will learn a ton and make some good friends. You will also be ahead of the game when you do get around to taking your film courses.

      I was in a rush to buy equipment when I was in school too but, what happens is that the technology changes rapidly and you end up with a fairly worthless camera in just a couple years when you could have been using probably nicer equipment for free the whole time. I even continued to use my school's equipment after I graduated and was doing paid work with it (but you're not really supposed to do that!)

      Good luck! Film school is fun but also requires serious work and commitment. Show people you work hard and care, and you'll go farther than you will just being another idiot who bought a cheap camera.

  33. QUESTION:
    What are some online film contest websites?
    Besides Poptent, TubeContest, FilmTheNext and Tonga, are their any other short film / viral video / web video contest websites online? Either individual contests or a collection, would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      These are most famous film contest website blender.org and artists dvxuser.

  34. QUESTION:
    What are the copyright laws regarding singing a song in a film?
    My friend and I are making a series of short films to put on internet. In one of our shorts, one of the characters hums/partly sings the chorus line of TLC's "Waterfalls" for maybe 15 seconds. Do I need copyright for something like that?

    • ANSWER:
      As per your example above, you will need to acquire one or both of the following special kinds of license from the publisher, rights manager (ASCAP or BMI) and/or copyright owner of the song.

      The first is a Synchronization License. Often called a "Synch License," a Synchronization License involves the use of a recording of musical work in audio-visual form, like an online video.

      As you are "performing" the work yourself, a Dramatic Performance Licenses may also be required (depending on the circumstances). These types of licenses are also called a Dramatic or Grand Rights licenses.

      The following is an EXCELLENT guide for motion picture music agreements:
      http://www.gcglaw.com/resources/filmmaking101/musiclicense.html

      Hope this helps...

  35. QUESTION:
    How to get good quality sound when shooting a film?
    When I always used to make short films I used the crappy camcorders Microphone, and it sounded so mono and just not filtered. What is the best, cheapest way to get Theatrical quality sound? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Good question- people don't realize how much good sound counts, you can have crappy images and weird editing, but if the sound is messed up it will take the audience out of the story instantly.
      Find a cheap shotgun mic () that has an 1/8th plug for the little cameras, and make a cheap homemade boom-pole and windscreen. Have a friend be boom op.
      Next step- post sound. 99% of all sound in professional films and videos is recorded in a studio, then edited in- even the dialogue. Use only the dialogue from your on set recordings- edit everything else out then either rerecord (foley) the ambient sounds- footsteps, rustling, birds, etc. in post or find free samples online. If the dialogue is messed up do ADR, or record the actors lines in the studio (a quiet closet) and sync them up. Mix and EQ.
      Also don't forget to record room tone on set, its the ambient hum of every location- and it changes with every room or location. After you finish filming just record 30 sec. of absolute quiet- you can then insert that room tone to help smooth over your edits in post- that's how the pros do it.

  36. QUESTION:
    How Can I Become a Hollywood Film Director?
    I am currently in high school, and my passion is movies. I make short films on You Tube, and I dream of becoming a Hollywood Director. I'm not looking for a free ticket in. I'm willing to work hard for my dream, but are there any certain colleges I should be looking at? Are there any books out there that could help?

    • ANSWER:
      UCLA and New York University are the top two film schools in America. However there are a lot of runner ups. Mostly located in LA, it being the American city for films. Do a couple of searches and ask for information from a lot of films. Be careful of trade schools like Full Sail. They sound really nice, but in the long run they're not very good for getting a job.

      Keep making short films of course, and pick a second favorite thing you like doing in film. The demand for directors is so low and the number of people wishing to be directors is so high that you're likely to spend most of your working life doing something else in film with a very short or late break in directing. So find something else you love to work at in the mean time.

      I had a book called "The Portable Film School" by D.B. Gilles that I found very helpful. Look in Barnes and Nobles or Boarders if you have one. If not, check them out online to find books that sound useful. (Then if you want to buy them for cheap, go to ABE books and type in what you found to buy 'em used.)

      Just make sure you keep building up your portfolio by making bigger and better short films until you get into college. In college you'll make the contacts you need and really kick off. Email me if you have any questions. (toasterphantom@yahoo.com )

  37. QUESTION:
    Where can I find the short documentary on the ESPYS about basketball in Belfast?
    These guys won the Arthur Ashe award this year for a basketball program for youth in Belfast. The short film that was shown was terrific, but I can't seem to find it online anywere.

    • ANSWER:
      There is video footage of Trevor Ringland and David Cullen here:

      http://sports.espn.go.com/keyword/search?searchString=Trevor+Ringland+and+Dave+Cullen&page=multimedia&x=14&y=13

      and there's a free online documentary site at:
      http://www.documentary-film.net/

      If you contact ESPN perhaps they can help you further.
      Good luck.

  38. QUESTION:
    What's a short story with 2 girls as the main characters?
    Making a short film with a friend and we're both girls. I'm looking for film ideas and am considering adapting or growing my own idea from the plot of a story. If anybody knows of a short story with 2 girls as the main characters I would greatly appreciate it. (Preferably one I can find to read online. And we are both teens if that helps.) Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      how about be creative
      heres some ideas

      - friendship overcoming odds.. (i.g liking the same guy, rumors, drama, etc.)
      - enemy's (w.e reason) and becoming close friends

      good luck 😀

  39. QUESTION:
    Where can I find Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse the full short film?
    Where can I find Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse the full short film? I can see the trailer on youtube and it is about 2 minutes long. But I really want to see the full short film which is stated to be 9 minutes. Can someone please tell me where I can find the film online. Thanks for all the help in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      The apocalypse had to have been the worst movie i have ever seen. The acting, audio, camera work, FX, and plot line was HORRIBLE.

      And Im a christian too.

  40. QUESTION:
    How can I film in/fake a courtroom for a student film?
    I'm working on a short film that I need to make as part of my applications to art colleges and my script contains a courtroom scene. The problem is, I have no idea how I can get a hold of a court room. Any ideas on how to either actually do this or fake it? I've considered green screening it, but I'm having trouble finding the right angles I'd need in online photos of courtrooms.

    • ANSWER:
      Go to your local county court and ask them if you can reserve a court room on the weekend, or sometime in the evening. It may cost you a small fee to rent out the room, but usually it is free. I used to do this when I coached my mock trial kids, and never had a problem.

  41. QUESTION:
    What type of Camera would be good to record amateur movies, music videos, etc.?
    Basically what kind of device (camera, slr,camcorder etc) one thats up to date with HD and all that good stuff. Short films for school/youtube and good sound as well. Forums online get too crazy and I know alot has to do with preference but I would just like some suggestions on the types of devices I should be looking for.

    • ANSWER:
      HD camcorders interpolate the video, which means of every 25 frames of video, 4 or 5 frames are taken by the lens assembly; the other frames in between these are filled in by the camcorder inner circuitry, thus giving you not true video. It looks like this -one frame from the lens assembly, 7or 8 from the electronic circuitry, one frame from the lens assembly, 7or 8 from the electronic circuitry, one frame from the lens assembly, 7or 8 from the electronic circuitry, one frame from the lens assembly, 7or 8 from the electronic circuitry, from front to back of the video. Near impossible to edit, even when you have the Multi port processor computer with the big 1GB Graphics card and a Sound card that is required to edit, view, watch and work with the files these camcorders produce.

      Consumer level HD camcorders have 4 problems. 1) Blurry, fuzzy, out of focus areas closely around people in videos taken by consumer level HD camcorders. 2) Any movement, even a wave or lifting an arm, while in front of a recording consumer level HD camcorder, results in screen ghosts and artifacts being left on the video track, following the movement. Makes for bad video, sports videos are unwatchable. 3) These Consumer level HD camcorders all have a habit of the transferred to computer files are something you need to convert, thus losing your HD quality, to work with your editing software. 4) Mandatory maximum record times - 1 hour, 30 minutes, 8 minutes, 3 minutes – four different times advertised as maximum record time for some consumer level HD camcorders. No event I have ever been to is that short. Either take multiple camcorders or pack up with out getting the end of the event on video.

      MiniDV is currently the most popular format for consumer digital camcorders. MiniDV camcorders are typically more affordable than their HDD and DVD counterparts. Each MiniDV tape will typically hold an hour of footage at normal recording speed and quality. MiniDV tapes are available for purchase at not only electronic and camera stores, but also at drugs stores and grocery stores, making them easy to find while your on vacation. There are literally hundreds of MiniDV camcorders available; both in standard and high-definition. And add the fact that to get a HD camcorder that could produce better video quality footage, one would have to spend in excess of 00 for that camcorder that could produce higher quality video.

      http://simplevideoediting.com/learn/part1_camcorder_choices.htm

      http://simplevideoediting.com/learn/part2_connect_camcorder.htm

      http://usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/camcorders/consumer_camcorders/vixia_hv40#Overview

  42. QUESTION:
    How much should i charge for an online web commercial?
    I have an HD camera, and some experience in marketing, but none in real big production sets. I have a 4 person crew and some lighting equipment and real good sound equipment. Usually I make short films but someone asked me to do a commercial and asked for a quote.

    • ANSWER:
      Really vague what is the client asking for lets start with the length of the spot.

  43. QUESTION:
    How can I film in/ fake a courtroom for a student film?
    I'm working on a short film that I need to make as part of my applications to art colleges and my script contains a courtroom scene. The problem is, I have no idea how I can get a hold of a court room. Any ideas on how to either actually do this or fake it? I've considered green screening it, but I'm having trouble finding the right angles I'd need in online photos of courtrooms.

    • ANSWER:
      Contact your local theatre (or sometimes a school will have a good drama unit) and ask if they have any scenery flats or furniture. tell them what it is for and that you need it in order to progress and they may be able to help? Also, go to a courtroom, have a real good look at it and ask yourself if it reminds you of anything else that you may be more easily able to utilise, a church say or a village hall perhaps? Near me in Marlborough is an old Masonic hall that would pass for this so keep your eyes open, think creative and you may find it right under your nose?
      Lastly, does it have to actually `look` like a courtroom in a modern city? Old Eastern block, archaic rural community or Congolese, Arab or South sea island courtroom drama's might have a whole different space to represent? If they have asked you to do this as a `brief` for film school then don't fall into the trap of thinking of the first set of images that come into your head as they, the academic body, might want to see how you cope with thinking `outside the box` perhaps? (unless the brief is very specific) If your local courthouse wont let you film in there then try a local lawyer who might have influence and who might ask you to return the favour when you are famous???
      Stephen Hope this helps

  44. QUESTION:
    How do I get started making 16 mm or 35 mm movies?
    I have a digital video camera which I use to make short films but I hate the pixelated, jagged quality and want to make movies that look more theatrical, like the moving pictures I know and love. I've watched videos on youtube of 16 mm and 35 mm student films and decided that's the look I want to achieve (doesn't necessarily have to be those formats). But how do I get started? Are there any tutorials online?

    • ANSWER:
      You can achieve close to the quality of 16mm / 35mm with the HD cameras like the HVX-200 (It's 00), and adding the right camera lens to it. Record in 24fps. You can then use Final Cut Pro to digitally add the granularity to the image.

      Otherwise, using film cost a lot, and I actually wouldn't know how to get started. Working with a 16mm camera in film school was so much of a pain for me that I decided I never want to do it again.

  45. QUESTION:
    Can anyone give me a decent online film contest?
    Okay so I have a really big question. See my friend and I just got into Indy film making. We have made a couple of short films and are looking for some Online Film contests to enter. Here is the criteria we are looking for-
    -Free([FAQ-QUESTION]-5), english, and online entry
    -5-20 minutes in duration
    -A Prize. The prize can be monetary, or not. We really just want to get our videos out there.

    • ANSWER:
      eyeka.com

  46. QUESTION:
    Where can I find a film footage(like a render) of a crow?
    I am making a short film and I need crows in it. I was wondering if there is an online source with stock footage.

    • ANSWER:
      Try searching on You Tube for "CGI Crow"

  47. QUESTION:
    What is a good website to buy cheap wallpaper?
    I need to buy wallpaper at the absolute cheapest price possible. I am on a very strict budget for a short film so the more I can save, the better. Also, any other suggestions/stores or anything where I could find cheap wallpaper versus going online? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Go to a paint supply or even a Home Depot, and ask to look at discontinued, or damaged rolls. Also Family Dollar sells wall-paper, how cheap is cheap...lol

  48. QUESTION:
    Where can I find Official Selection with Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper to watch?
    I've been looking around online for a while now and I can't seem to locate it anywhere. It's a 10 minute short film released in 2008. Any help would be very much appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Check out

      http://fhurl.com/c252207

      Im know they have it on there.
      And the quality is great

  49. QUESTION:
    How to hold an open casting call?
    I need some actors for a short film my friends and I are shooting during the summer. We've already gotten some of our friends cast but we need more people.How do I put the word out that we're holding an open casting call? What info do I put? Where can I put it up? How do I audition people?
    Sorry, I live in the US.

    • ANSWER:
      Here are the steps on hosting an Open Call.

      1) Create a list of breakdowns (description of characters that you are still looking for).

      Here is an example:

      "DETECTIVE TOM" - Any Ethnicity. Male. 40-50. Not balding. Dark Hair. Not skinny, not too heavy. He is an obsessive, nerdy, borderline-autistic who had his lunch money stolen as a child and is now taking it out on the bank robbers.

      2) Depends on where you want to host the Open Audition. If you have access to an empty studio, a class room at school, that would be ideal. Otherwise, you can yahoo-search any Dance/Acting studios that's local to the area for rental. Determine the Date(s) and Time that you want to do the Open Audition.

      3) Creating an Open Casting Call Note. On your note, you should include a brief description of your project, the story line, compensation, production dates and production location, and open call date, time, and location. Then after that, you should list the character breakdowns that you are looking for.

      Here is an example:

      Open Casting Call for Short Film “Thanks Mom”

      "Thanks Mom" it is a film that tells the tale of two young filmmakers who make it through all the obstacles of producing an independent film only to face their greatest challenge yet: their mother.

      Filming Duration: July 9 thru July 13
      Filming Location:Chicago, IL
      Compensation: No Pay, but will provide Meal, Credit, and a Copy of the final film.
      Open Audition Date: June 19 from 5:00pm - 8:00pm
      Open Audition Location: Champion Dance Studio, 12345 Yahoo Street, 5th Floor, Room 1280, Chicagoo, IL.
      What to Bring:
      Prepare to read sides. Sides will be provided at the location. (if any of these characters have lines, then you can extract those lines from the script onto a seperate piece of paper. These are call 'sides.' Give the actors at least 5 minutes to look them over, and then call them in to perform those lines) If you don't have any sides, you can simple ask the Actor to prepare a 1-2 min. monologue.
      Please bring a copy of your headshot and resume.

      Character Breakdowns:

      "DETECTIVE TOM" Any Ethnicity. Male. 40-50. Skinny. Dark Hair. He is an obsessive, nerdy, borderline-autistic who had his lunch money stolen as a child and is now taking it out on the bank robbers.

      "SUSAN" Caucasian. 20-25. An eccentric young mother who is a bit too overbearing, but loving and caring to her core. Good comic ability a plus.

      4) Depends on where you are located, you can post an Open Casting Call notice online. Mandy.Com and Craigslist.Org are two most popular internet resource for free postings. I would also recommend you to include an email address that you feel comfortable with exposing to the public on your notice. Just incase if any of the actors have questions. They can also email you their headshot and resume, so you will get an idea WHO and how many people are actually coming to the Open Audition.

      5 - A) Setting up the Audition. Arrive at least 30 minutes before the Open Call time. Outside of the room, prepare a 'sign-in' sheet (Name, Name of Role, Telephone Number, and Email Address) - so when the actors arrive, they can sign in. (You will call them into the room to audition in the order of arrival) You can also leave your sides outside, the actors can study them.

      5 - B) Inside of the audition room, like American Idol, the 'judges' should be sitting behind a table. It's ideal that you have 2 - 3 people hosting the casting session. If you are using Sides for the audition, make sure you assign someone in your room to be the 'reader' (the reader will read lines of other characters than the auditioning actor)
      The director should focus on the Actor's performance. (Have a pen and note pad ready to take notes) The coordinator can Film the audition, monitor the session (making sure everything is on time and on schedule), calling people into the room, sending people out of the room after they are done.

      5 - C) After an Actor comes into the Room, here is a typical list of things that will take place.

      a. Director ask the Actor if he/she has any questions about the Sides/Characters.
      b. The Reader will start reading with the Actor. The Coordinator films the process (Optional)
      c. If needed the Director can give adjustments on the Actor's performance. (Example: "That's a good read. Let's try it again, 'Susan' is actually very sad in this scene, because her husband left her for another woman....")
      d. The Director/Coordinator explains the production schedule, location details, and see if there are going to be any schedule conflicts. At the same time, answer any production-related questions that the Actor may have.
      e. Tell the Actor by what day the casting decision will be made. Either the actor will be informed by phone, or by email. (Example: "We will be making the decision by Friday via Email. Thank you for coming.")
      f. The Coordinator walks the Actor out, and call the next Actor into the room.

      5 - D) Bring an envelope to collect Actors' headshot & resumes. (Keep them in file, incase you are planning to cast for any future projects) And make sure that the Actor's contact information are indicated on their resume. If they don't have a resume, make sure their Phone Number and Email address is clearly written on the back of their picture. The purpose of the taping of the audition, is that later, the Director and everyone else who's involved in the production can review their audition, and then make their choices on who to offer the role. If you are not planning to film the audition, make sure the Director take REALLY GOOD notes on each actor's performance. So after you seening 60 people's audition, you can still remember who gave a better audition.

      7) Upon offering the part to the selected actor. You need to provide the full script, wardrobe options, and the day & time for rehearsals or production meeting.

      Final Note: Always be friendly and open minded. You want the actors to do their best at the audition.

  50. QUESTION:
    How much can I expect to make from a film option?
    I've recently been approached via email by a producer from a small production company. He is interested in optioning my script, but asked me to suggest a price we can agree on and I'm not sure what to come back with. It's obviously not a major company so I don't want to request too much. I also don't want to get cheated either. Their website seemed pretty legit and they have quite a few films under their belt, but I'm sure they don't have much money to throw at script options. It's important to note that my script is only for a short film to be used in an anthology and not a feature script. This would definintely effect the amount I would receive.

    • ANSWER:
      It all bundles down to how much you think your worth. How experienced are you, how confident are you with the script?..if you feel your worth more than what they can give you, move on the next buyer. If your just trying to get name out there because your starting out, take anything because getting money at all at that point starting out is rare. Most beginner script writers I know post their stuff for free online (it makes a name for them).


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