I remember back in film school that we were often tasked to make short films. I also remember struggling with the point of making a short film. I complained that it wasn’t worthwhile to work in that format. “Nobody watches shorts,” I’d whine.
It turns out that I was completely wrong.
In our connected world, people love to watch shorts all the time. Thank you internet! And you can actually be paid to make short films. Sometimes. Kind of like you can sometimes be paid to write movie and TV scripts. It’s just nice to know that there really is a market for shorts. This is especially true in animation, where short form content appears frequently.
I know all this because I’ve worked on a few shorts. In fact, I co-wrote one with my good friend Mairghread Scott for Transformers: Robots in Disguise. It’s called “Perfect” and if you have 90 seconds, please give it a watch!
Now just because I was a pill about making shorts when I was in film school doesn’t mean you have to be. I say jump at the chance to make as much stuff as you can. The experience will always be valuable in some way… even if that way involves learning that your friends hate working for free on your projects… especially when you keep them up until 2 AM. Not that I would ever do that.
By the way — are you free next weekend? I have this little project I could use an extra set of hands on… Oh, you’re busy. That’s cool.
Anyway, if you want to make a short film and you’re not sure where to start, the introduction to animation writing class I teach online is now open for enrollment. It might be a good place to start.