Short films typically last around 5 to 20 minuets in this time there is usually a
singular event which lasts from anywhere from the duration of the film to 3
days, its rare that short films span over longer periods as it is quite difficult to
do this without missing key information due to the explanation time being
short. Sometimes short films use flashbacks but this is usually as far as shorts
go in setting the film over a long period.
Our film, After Hours, runs for around 19 minuets and spans a day in the life of
Don Walters I would say this is a typical run time and time scale as many
successful short films are set over one night, day, and follow a simple narrative.
Appealing to an Audience
The typical demographic for the audience of short films include:
• Social grade A to C1, or unemployed students who have come from an A
to C1 upbringing.
• ‘succeeders’ or ‘Aspirers’ people within the industry scouting for new
talent or people with an interest in developing shorts for themselves
looking for inspiration.
• Those interested or involved with British culture due to the inherent
localness within the shorts themselves
I believe our film caters quite
Many short films follow a simplistic narrative following select characters
though a singular event, this is often the most successful as frequently
overcomplicated plot lines can feel incomplete with the shorter run time of
such films. Some of the most successful Short films are the ones which follow
a singular character and singular plot line over a short period.
Our film follows a day in the life of Don Walters a depressed school teacher
and parent who finds himself after being unfortunately trapped in school.
This correlates perfectly with the conventions of short film narrative and in
some ways expands upon the conventions by layering the narrative to feel
fleshed out similar to a feature length film.
Conventions Due To Limitations
Short films have vastly lower budgets compared with feature length films this
is the key difference along with length that defines the conventions of short
• Singular Protagonist
• Low budget, very little us of CGI and practical effects
• Plot twist to add interest to the narrative
• Basic filming equipment
• Realistic and believable plots
Overall I think our short film follows natural conventions closely, the
limitations we had with filming are the main reason for this however as we
tried to break and challenge conventions where we could for example using
more expensive equipment such as the drone.