Making a short film with the availability of today’s technology has become a relatively simple endeavor for most people. Assuming that you own a respectable computer, a digital camcorder and some kind of editing software, you are basically ready to go. Add some decent actors, a simple script and you’re a filmmaker!
But, first things first, you will need a story. Remember, most of what filmmakers do is to become a storyteller. And if this is your first attempt at creating a short film, consider a comedy or spoof on a topic that isn’t too serious.
With the discriminating taste that has been acquired by most film viewing audiences, even on Youtube, it’s wise to leave the more sobering ideas to those that can spend millions of dollars telling their story.
Now that you have a basic outline for your story using the cast available to you, create a bit of a character for each role. What is the personality of each character? Do they have a specific way of speaking? There are many ways to create individual characters for each role which helps when writing the final draft of the script. But don’t get jammed here. You might have friends that are really good actors and you have no idea. Ask around, see who is up for the excitement involved in making even a short film. Then work around what you have when writing the final draft of your script. Don’t forget that although you might only have a few characters in your story, that there will be background actors required, set dressers and production assistants to help organize things during the day of filming.