Monday 10 October 2011

Shoot Your First Short Film In Your Home On Your Phone

Are you a first time director? Are you struggling to get funding? Here's a tip:

Shoot everything in one location.

How? Why?

  • Everyone is locked in the house. 
  • Everyone is locked out of the house. 
  • Everyone is waiting in the house for the thing to arrive. 
  • The house is where the treasure is. 

Or perhaps:
  •  There's a break-up (remember that episode when Ross & Rachel spent the whole time breaking up in Monica's apartment?)
  • It's the rendezvous point (remember 'Reservoir Dogs'?)
  • It's the place to muse about life (Reminds me of a great episode of 'One Foot In The Grave', where Victor spent the whole time in a Doctor's waiting room)
  • They're stuck there (Saw? Big Brother?)

You can't afford a big beautiful HD camera to film it on?

Film it on your video phone:

  • The world is about to end, there's a poisonous gas outside, and you video it for evidence. 
  • The film is about someone secretly filming someone in a house. 
  • It's a video of someone doing an audition via their iPhone, when suddenly; horror-type-things-happen, or there's an argument, or an unwelcome visitor. 

Film it on your Dad's old video camera:
  • It's a rare-look-what-we-found-footage-film (Cloverfield, Blair Witch Project, The Troll Hunter)
  • It's made to look like old camcorder footage (a film about memories, or a dead person, perhaps)
  • It's a YouTube style sketch.
  • It's a documentary/mockumentary
 The point is -- it's not about equipment. It's not about amazing locations. Ever seen a great viral video? We love them because they have heart. They surprise us. The same goes for short films. You don't need the latest HD camera to do something great. Pick up your iPhone, shoot your first movie.

"Perhaps it sounds ridiculous, but the best thing that young filmmakers should do is to get hold of a camera and some film and make a movie of any kind at all."
-Stanley Kubrick

Care to share?


  1. Love this post. This video:
    was shot on an iphone and I never would've guessed! Pretty cool.

  2. Some of the greatest footage I see is of what my kids shoot with their friends.

    Some of the worst, too.