Friday, July 26, 2013

First Sundance, now Tribeca: On Shorts to Features

First Sundance, now Tribeca: On Shorts to Features

For more information, visit: Racking Focus: Playing the Long Game With Shorts

I wasn't even aware that this was a trending thought. The idea of shooting a feature with a short-film budget is highly annoying to me. Bravo to the people that try, but budgeting transpo and food alone will break you unless you intend to feed white-bread sandwiches and film all locations within walking distance of each other. The time investment needed, even if its only two weeks, is a huge investment for a new film maker, especially if they don't know how they're marketing themselves and have no distribution strategy to make sure the project gains some exposure.

If you're shooting something over 20 minutes, you need to think of the crew and where this project is intended to go since you're probably not paying anyone. My advice would be don't do it. Production is war, it's an incredible strain and a great way to burn out your favors.

Let's get what we came for,
C.M. Sanchez III