Filmmaking / Directing : Why All Short Films Suck by Elliot Grove

Elliot Grove

Why All Short Films Suck

My dear friend and filmmaker has just written a real thought provoking article called "Why All short Films Suck You can have a read here, and please send me your comments. http://www.raindance.org/why-all-short-films-suck/

Debbie Croysdale

I agree with Simon Hunter (another Raindance director) "A feature is a long short". I don't think the duration of how many minutes any film is on screen ......portrays its quality.

Stage 32 Staff - Julie

So... Interesting perspective, but how do you explain SUNDAYS by Mischance Rozema http://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/warner-bros-puts-sundays-diary/?

Elliot Grove

Aha Julie - there are many different routes and many feature filmmakers have cut their teeth on shorts. The Stage32 Shorts ~I watched at Raindance Film Festival (with Amanda and RD) were truly awesome, as were the other shorts rogrammes we screened (20 in all!) Have a look at these: Shorts that launched careers of famous directors: http://www.raindance.org/16-short-films-that-launched-the-careers-of-fam...

C. D-Broughton

Why would anyone want to read an article with a heading that's simply NOT true?

Elliot Grove

Mark Stirton does have have point, I think. remember he is writing froma British perspective ;-)

Owen Mowatt

Why would anyone want to read an article with a heading that's simply NOT true? Precisely. It's click-bait and total nonsense. Whether we accept it or not we're all curious about conspiracy theories, of which this article tries to play on. It's staggering that it lists so many brilliant directors who started out with shorts, and then tries to frames this as a negative.

C. D-Broughton

Elliot, I'm not about to pick an online argument - especially with someone I respect - and where I'm sure you have the right to quip, given the amount of content you've had to sit through, the fact alone that Raindance has a short film category in its festival makes this article potentially very damaging. Or so I feel. But hopefully others have a sense of humour about the title and find some inspiration/ways to improve their work, in the text.

Elliot Grove

Thnaks for your comment D.D. - and I do hoope that others find the point as touy mention above!

Dov S-S Simens

Elliot... Is one step beyond genius... his message is honest & practical. two rare traits in today's milieu...

Debbie Croysdale

I agree being honest is rare today, and the article is humorous and mildly amusing, but knocking all shorts is not intellectually viable. There are Excellent shorts and Crap shorts. There are excellent features and crap features. I don't call a generalised piss take "Genius."....... "Speak the Truth and Shame the Devil" I always have done, but wouldn't say it's one step beyond.

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