One of the most frequently adopted strategies for successfully gaining feature film development deals today is to write a feature film script and then shoot a short film around it. The idea behind this strategy is that the short will serve as a proof of concept and effectively show potential collaborators what the director/producer team is capable of stylistically, even on a small scale. Despite the fact that many filmmakers seem to understand the importance of adapting their feature into a short, many of them are unable to actually execute effectively. The reason for this is that feature films and short films are in certain ways completely different art forms, and a concept that works well as a feature film doesn't always seem to work as well as a short film, or vice versa.
The optimal length for most shorts is ten minutes, which means aspiring filmmakers have very little time to tell an intricate story or explore many character details. The number one mistake filmmakers make when adapting their material is trying to cram way too much information into a ten-minute short. After developing an idea for a feature film script, many filmmakers feel very close to their material and find it hard to leave out significant moments, characters or concepts from the short version of their story. But the reality is that they will have to lose ninety percent of their features in order to make an effective short. Rather than thinking about how they can shrink their hundred page (or above) script down to ten pages, they should think about one of the smaller stories they can tell within the bigger story at play. Maybe they want to address the catalyst moment from the very first act, or portray the first time that two characters meet. They might even want to shoot a short prequel that takes place before the movie's first scene. As long as the part of the story they're telling can be executed in ten pages or less, they're headed in the right direction. But the second they feel like they're forcing a bigger story on the page, it's time that these filmmakers begin to rethink their idea.
A properly constructed budget will allow filmmakers to critically examine all of their departments, which in turn will provide them with much-needed clarity on the critical decisions that need to be made throughout the process. For example -
● how much should they set aside for the best talent?
● what items can they (or should they) barter?
● is it better to rent or purchase brand new equipment?
● what can they get for free or on the cheap?
● what are the biggest unavoidable expenses?
To begin the budgeting process, filmmakers need to break things down into the following four broad categories, all of which are standard for just about any movie budget -
● Pre-Production: 10%
● Production: 35%
● Post Production: 35%
● Distribution & Marketing: 20%
Understanding their needs for each of these basic elements of the filmmaking process ahead of time will keep them organised and ultimately make their life easier.
Most aspiring filmmakers however, lack the expertise and know-how required to do this. This is where engaging the end-to-end short film production assistance of one of the most experienced short film production companies in Chennai - Massive Animations, can come in incredibly handy.
Those filmmakers who've never done a casting before will definitely benefit from the expertise of a seasoned short film production house such as Massive Animations. We bring in crucial know-how on -
● how to get as many talented actors as possible to attend, and
● how to make the most out of a casting call session.
Here are some tricks we've picked up over the year to execute top notch casting campaigns for the films that we develop.
Many promising filmmakers are afraid to make a film without a budget. Often they don't have the experience to know how hard it is to raise money to make a movie, and don't even consider making one on a limited budget.
While there's nothing wrong with aiming for a substantial budget to direct a first feature film, the truth is that it's extremely difficult to do so, even for seasoned filmmakers. In order to raise this kind of money, filmmakers need to have a business card (usually in the form of a low-budget or no-budget project) so that producers entrust their money to them. The great news is that producing a movie with little to no money can still yield great results on par with any well-funded movie, as long as filmmakers can enlist the services of a seasoned short film production company such as Massive Animations that offers creative and strategic assistance. As we all know from watching studio-produced movies over the past few years, more money doesn't necessarily translate to better movies. Some of the reasons why filmmakers consider Massive Animations to be one of the most dependable short film production houses in Chennai, to partner with.
As one of the most reputable short film production companies in Chennai, whether we're producing a full-length feature film or a short film, a number of key team members are integrated into the project. The key experts in our team include the following.
Working as a filmmaker often comes at a high price. In order to ease the pressure on our client's wallet, we've found some cost-effective movie making tools we put to use for projects that we cannot afford to bring out our big guns for.