9th September 2016
- Remember that films are visual media: Don’t make the script too verbose. A good film script communicates with the audience without the use of too many dialogues. It is the most economical way of making a film. A good short film scriptwriter would use the props, the status of the characters, their habits, the way they move and visual objects to create back stories. Remember, in a short film, you won’t get the time to establish a back story by using the voice of a narrator in the background or showing everything from the past. If you use the right clips and links at the right place, a viewer would understand it. You should leave some scope for imagination as well.
- Keep the film short and enter the scene of conflict as soon as possible: A short film can’t be two hours long. If you are making a fifteen minute film, the background of the story should be established within the first one or two minutes. The rest should be used to establish the conflict, create a knot and then to untangle it. You may also leave the untangling part for the viewers. But the hook should be introduced quickly before the viewer loses interest. Image credits – Pixabay
- Focus on the main story or character: A short story doesn’t have the time to deal with subplots, secondary characters, get into unnecessary background plots or explaining every sequence in great detail. You will have to plot and follow the journey of the main character. You may use a twist somewhere in your film. You should give a scope to your viewers to “think”.