I have been looking into making short films by my own since I'm still in high school and I don't have a crew. I know that if I'm going to enter the industry, I have to start right now from the simplest thing. I see some people who manage to make them by their own. What are your advices on making short films by one own?
Use whatever resources available to you. Doesn’t have to be fancy. The main thing is just showing you’re capable of telling a story. Write a script, get some friends together to act or see if you can actually find actors in your high school in the theatre department. Film it with your cell phone or whatever equipment you have. Take that footage, cut it together with windows movie maker or iMovie. Its just using what’s available to you and making the story happen. Don’t worry about how it’ll look. Worry about the story you want to tell. And if you feel like you want the look&feel of what you’re shooting on match the story, write a 5 page script that reflects that.
Other tips is… with a 5 page script that’ll get you anywhere between 6-9 minutes of screen time depending on what it is you’re filming. Rule of thumb is 1 page = 1 minute.
One location. Don’t go crazy trying to film at too many locations at once. The more simple and contained the environment is, the easier it is to get what you want and the story you want to tell within that space. Start small.
Wide, medium, close-ups, over the shoulders, inserts/b-roll. Get your basic coverage. That’ll give you more to work with in post no matter what equipment you’re using. Just use as many opportunities as possible to tell the story.
My best advice: don’t overthink it. It doesn’t have to be perfect, keep practicing and you’ll do fine. Make it with a bunch of friends, have them actively collaborate and want to be involved. Keep it simple.
And if you absolutely don’t have anyone you can work with on the film? Use objects. Use toys. See if there’s a way you can create a stop-motion animation (though time-consuming). Find a way to tell the story where you don’t have to rely on other people to bring it to life.
And don’t take yourself too seriously. If you can tell a good story, if you can create, you’ll just get better and better at it and have a solid body of work to show people how much you’re dedicated to learning.