Profitability of Short Films
Posted 23 January 2007 - 06:35 PM
Posted 23 January 2007 - 07:45 PM
BUT, a well crafted short can be a good calling card and can get you somewhere.
Posted 23 January 2007 - 08:12 PM
Posted 23 January 2007 - 08:52 PM
Have a look I don't know any thing about them. Also, I THINK atomfilms.com pays people in some way for their shorts.
There is also:
In any case I would heavily lean toward comedy when working in this "genre". If you can make some one bust out laughing in two minutes you might make some cashola.
Don't do the "Canadian Thing" and make a movie about two lesbians discussing life on an Indian reserve while smoking pot in their wheel chairs. Don't bother flaming me over my comment, if you've seen gov't funded Canadian short films then you know what I'm talking about.
Posted 23 January 2007 - 09:28 PM
If you've seen British government funded short films you'll know what he means.
Oh, the agony.
Posted 23 January 2007 - 09:36 PM
Basically I was wondering if anyone knew about how much a really well done short that is shot on 35mm, and runs about 6 minutes could make if it got distribution.
From the previous posts, you can tell that short films are notoriously unprofitable. A big reason for that is the third part of your question, "if it got distribution."
Do you know of any distribution avenues for short films? I sure don't. I've never paid to see a short in a commercial movie theatre, and I've never rented a less-than-feature-length film from Blockbuster.
The only reason I could see for shooting a short on 35mm would be to use as a calling card. If you want to make money with shorts, I'd say shoot on the cheap, keep it really short, and put it on one of the web video sites that pays per view. If you get lucky and your movie goes "viral," you could turn a nice profit.
Posted 23 January 2007 - 10:48 PM
Posted 23 January 2007 - 11:24 PM
Edited by David A Venhaus, 23 January 2007 - 11:26 PM.
Posted 23 January 2007 - 11:28 PM
Don't do the "Canadian Thing" and make a movie about two lesbians discussing life on an Indian reserve while smoking pot in their wheel chairs.
Ha! That Indian res wheelchair weed will get you everytime.. especially if you're a crippled lesbian, you're twice as vulnerable. I had no idea people were making shorts like this, Rich, do tell! This comment made me laugh for a good ten minutes...
Posted 24 January 2007 - 02:03 AM
I'd say you don't make short films to make money. You make them because you like short films. I personally enjoy working with the short film as a format. It's focused and disciplined. It becomes so easy to lose it when making a feature length film. It's a difficult form, real easy to lose focus, etc. How many feature length films have you seen and turned off after 15 minutes, haha?
Anyhow I think it healthier to look at short and feature length films as different formats. You use whatever format the film you want to make calls for, or ends up as.
Posted 24 January 2007 - 02:58 AM
Posted 24 January 2007 - 04:00 AM
Jay Rosenblatt is a good example of self-distribution, and I'm sure he'd be willing to answer any questions you might have about it: http://www.jayrosenblattfilms.com/
Besides that, yeah, there are a lot of websites starting up at the moment where you upload your film and subscribers pay to view it. And I assume you get residuals based on how many hits or downloads you get
Posted 24 January 2007 - 04:17 AM
Posted 24 January 2007 - 04:23 AM
Posted 24 January 2007 - 05:05 AM
Personally, I only know of one short that has made a profit (I expect there are only a small number of others out there) - you really need to have a mass market appeal. I believe amounts that you now receive for a short has gone down over the years, so reducing even further the chance of making a return.
Posted 24 January 2007 - 07:18 AM
They are definitely not a way to make any kind of money unless perhaps you can make the producer give you some money for your own camera package (very rare!).
Short films if they are good can help reinforce your credibility in the fiction market because they often have longer takes, dialogue and a "less glossy" look unlike most music videos and commercials.