Short Films with Messages (1 reply and 3 comments)
Dear forum members,
How do you guys think one should go about making a short film with a message?
Are there any specific suggestions for how the message should be presented without being preachy and under 15 minutes?
All suggestions and opinions are welcome and appreciated. Thanks.
Do you believe in this message? I'm asking because I would find it difficult to promote something I do not believe in myself. In fact, I'd rather not do the job.
Never underestimate the audience. They sense a message very early and you risk loosing their trust as the messenger.
Haha Hans, in fact I’m dying to tell this story. I have something to say but not entirely sure how to make it into an impactful short film that doesn’t become a video essay or montage.
That's already a big step in the right direction 🙂 So you need a script?
It's hard to give advise since I don't know what you want to say. And a story can be told in so many ways. But if your message is 'preachy' it will sound preachy.
Here's what comes to my mind:
Don't be explanatory: leave much room for the intelligence and imagination of the viewer. The beginning can be puzzling and strange, but fascinating and begging for a solution: 'what is this about? I need to know!' The viewer should get to know a character by what he or she is doing (or saying), not by a description in words or text. Everything a character is doing or saying should be in line with his character or the story (character can develop).
Great advice Han! I agree that maybe I should hold back a little and give the audience room for interpretation. Some of the best movies with messages somehow find a way to do it naturally and clearly while still having audience engagement.