Tips on producing a good short film

There’s an article on from Richard C. Bailey about things he learned making his short film ‘Cleave’. It boils down to 1 thing really – find good people and let them do their thing.

Richard breaks it down a little more than that, but that’s the jist.

My only issue, and ok I’m in a bit of cynical mood today, is that Richard titles his piece “The 5 (or maybe 1) things you MUST know before making your first GOOD indie film”.

In truth, we don’t KNOW if Richard’s film is any good. Of course he says it is. I’ve never met a director who says ‘oh, I’ve just made the biggest piece of crap’. Though you learn MORE from the crap than the good, it’s nice to make good. I hope for Richard’s sake the film IS good, but, it’s a bit early in the day to start writing articles with a title like that as it might come back to bite you in the butt.

Now, Richard might also be defining ‘good’ in a different context. Not artistically, but, practically. He got through the shoot. They got all the shots (though in the trailer I have issues with the lighting!). ┬áIn that sense the film shoot was ‘successful’, though perhaps using a word like ‘good’ is not the best thing.

Anyway… please don’t listen to me. I HAVE made crap films. A lot of them. I can’t seem to STOP making crap, though I learn every step of the way.

Oh yes… here’s Richard’s article:

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Phil Smy

I am currently a student in the Raindance Film Degree Masters program. This site comes from the research I am doing as I learn more about film production and distribution.

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