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Producing and Directing the Short Film and Video, 5th Edition by David K. Irving, Peter Rea

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Introduction

Why make a short film? The idea of being in a darkened screening room and watching your film touch an audience is exciting. There is deep satisfaction in communicating on this basic level. The fantasy of creating something that has an emotional impact on others is what motivates many people to go into picture making in the first place. There is, also, the artistic satisfaction.

Most short works are created to give filmmakers an opportunity to express themselves, display their talent, and develop filmmaking skills; to experiment with the medium; or to provide a stepping stone to a career in film and television. The key advantage to making a short is learning the filmmaking process on a project of manageable scale.

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