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How important are short films for career advancement?

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DJ Remark's picture
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How important are short films for career advancement?

I started making short films three years ago. I have about five under my belt and a couple of them have done rather well in the festival circuit and on youtube (10k+ views on YouTube with virtually no marketing) but I'm wondering what the next "step" would be to move forward as a filmmaker? Are producers and distributors watching short films to find new talent or are those days gone? Is the only way to get tapped for a feature film be to make one? I live in Jacksonville, FL and I'm not sure this place is ripe for success in films. Atlanta, Georgia is almost a six hour drive from me which would be the closest "Film hub". I know I'm kind of info-vomiting right now, I'm just trying to think of relevant information to provide that would merit a decent response.

Thanks!

Steve Garry's picture
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Well, I'm always interested in stories such as this, but it did take me a few minutes to find your stuff on-line.  Shouldn't be so bashful!

https://www.youtube.com/c/DjRemark    (your channel)

Some of us writers here on SR may have some features that are doable for next to nothing and since you may be looking for great material (who isn't) we might be able to collaborate on your 'next step', as you say.  I'll go over your stuff and see if I have something for you to see, but I will say you seem to have  a collection of material to be proud of and build upon.

DJ Remark's picture
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Thanks Steve! I didn't provide a link to my content only because I didn't want to seem like I was just looking for an excuse to spam my channel but I appreciate you taking the time to find and link to it. Also thank you for the kind words and I hope you enjoy what I've done so far. I'm always looking for constructive criticism and meaningful feedback. I am also definitely looking for content to produce and partner up on. I'm more of a horror guy but one of my short's is a drama and I'm not one to shy away from any genre.

Cheers!

Lily Blaze's picture
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There's a member here who's heavily involved with short filmmaking and he says it's just a passion for him to pursue. I don't think it hurts to have shorts if you're ready to cross the great abyss into features. But, to be honest. don't know of anyone who was "discovered" as a result of a short films. More like, presenting shorts as evidence of what you can do to producers to get their financing for your feature. At least, that's my understanding.

Btw, I love writing horror and dark stories. If you're interested in collaborating, send me a PM.

CJ Walley's picture
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I think they're a powerful calling card. Established filmmakers really respect those who are getting down and dirty. It shows you want to make films even if it costs you. Certainly powerful when trying to get a rep or pitching a project you're attached to, especially if you can show a lot of commercial awareness of top of being able to shoot a good story (short film festivals can come across as overly arty and political) The big question is if you want to wait for permission or go fund and make stuff yourself. 

DJ Remark's picture
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Thanks for the replies, guys. I just don't ever want to get the sense that I'm spinning my wheels. I want to know I'm moving forward in some aspect but I also want to know I'm moving forward on the right road. I do have a question about something you said, CJ.

"if you can show a lot of commercial awareness of top of being able to shoot a good story"

I will admit I have 0 commercial awareness (or at least that's what I assume about myself), and my main focus is telling a good story. If I'm looking to make waves with a short film, how does one balance the commercial awareness without sacrificing the soul of the project, or is that question somehow a false dichotomy?

Lily, I sent you a PM, thanks!

CJ Walley's picture
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I think it's mostly like you say, the two elements oppose one another. I don't think you need to show commercial awareness in your films though, just show that you care about a film making profit when in meetings.

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