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What Makes an Excellent Short Film

Hampton Barringer Luzak, an American Studies graduate from Hollins University, has extensive experience in the broadcasting industry. She has also served a creative director’s assistant at BBDO and a casting director with Denise Fitzgerald Casting. As a casting director, Hampton B. Luzak has worked on independent features and short films, such as Chaperone, which won awards for best short film.

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What Makes an
Excellent Short Film
Hampton Barringer Luzak, an American Studies graduate from Hollins University, has extensive
experience in the broadcasting industry. She has also served a creative director’s assistant at BBDO and
a casting director with Denise Fitzgerald Casting. As a casting director, Hampton B. Luzak has worked
on independent features and short films, such as Chaperone, which won awards for best short film.
Many filmmakers aspire for their short films to resonate with the audience, evoke emotions, аnd garner
the attention required to win awards. Attaining such outcomes requires filmmakers to understand what
constitutes a successful short film.
A good short film explores a single concept or idea. By keeping the scope narrow, the filmmaker can
communicate the film’s theme or message to the audience clearly and without overwhelming them. For
example, a short film may delve into a single conflict or relationship between two characters, limiting
scenes and dialogue to those that ensure tension escalates as the story unfolds. While the filmmaker
may incorporate secondary conflicts, they should only enhance the main conflict and have minimal
screen time.
Excellent short films also offer the audience а unique perspective by challenging their expectations,
such as through plot twists. For instance, a filmmaker may feature a conflict between two lovers
portrayed through linear but disjointed scenes. The first scene shows a heated argument between a
husband and wife, while the second scene suggests the man is headed to apologize to the woman with
flowers. But in an unexpected ending, the filmmaker may reveal that the argument was a flashback, as
the man lays flowers on the woman's grave.

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What Makes an Excellent Short Film

  • 2. Hampton Barringer Luzak, an American Studies graduate from Hollins University, has extensive experience in the broadcasting industry. She has also served a creative director’s assistant at BBDO and a casting director with Denise Fitzgerald Casting. As a casting director, Hampton B. Luzak has worked on independent features and short films, such as Chaperone, which won awards for best short film.
  • 3. Many filmmakers aspire for their short films to resonate with the audience, evoke emotions, аnd garner the attention required to win awards. Attaining such outcomes requires filmmakers to understand what constitutes a successful short film.
  • 4. A good short film explores a single concept or idea. By keeping the scope narrow, the filmmaker can communicate the film’s theme or message to the audience clearly and without overwhelming them. For example, a short film may delve into a single conflict or relationship between two characters, limiting scenes and dialogue to those that ensure tension escalates as the story unfolds. While the filmmaker may incorporate secondary conflicts, they should only enhance the main conflict and have minimal screen time.
  • 5. Excellent short films also offer the audience а unique perspective by challenging their expectations, such as through plot twists. For instance, a filmmaker may feature a conflict between two lovers portrayed through linear but disjointed scenes. The first scene shows a heated argument between a husband and wife, while the second scene suggests the man is headed to apologize to the woman with flowers. But in an unexpected ending, the filmmaker may reveal that the argument was a flashback, as the man lays flowers on the woman's grave.