Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Another Question

Here's a new question in from the comment box.

Is the deal with short films the same? Do you write a query letter and ask to submit your short or is it better to get your short into festivals?

Short films won't get you too far, unfortunately, unless you have a crack team around you hustling to get you a feature. Now, that's not to say you shouldn't do one, but if you aren't a writer-director, then you're better off saving up for a feature. Festivals help, but directors get hired by directing samples in the same genre and at the same length as their target jobs. Any directors with reps who want to chime in should please do so, I always like to get direct info whenever possible myself.

4 comments:

wcdixon said...

I know a successful short film I made (it won at a few festivals) helped me when starting out to get some grant money to make..another short film! But it also prompted a pay tv network in Canada to call me and ask if I had any other ideas I might like to develop..and I pitched them a one hour story but it ended up getting developed as a feature length story/film. So it helped - to a point. But as far as getting an agent or tv work, it never really came into play.

I have to start being selective in my comments, Diva - gonna take all my 'war stories', stories that I need if I want my blog to last longer than the summer (since there aren't that many of them)...lol

Bianca said...

I'm the infamous anonymous who's been asking all the director questions. Thanks for your responses.

I have a writer friend who wrote a short. He got his director friend to direct it. The short played in film festivals in the midwest and eventually a comedy festival in L.A. A manager from a reputable management firm saw the film and requested a spec from the writer. My writer friend is now under consideration at the management firm. Is getting a manager easier than getting an agent? Is it beneficial in the early stages of one's career?

Bianca said...

I'm the infamous anonymous who's been asking all the director questions. Thanks for your responses.

I have a writer friend who wrote a short. He got his director friend to direct it. The short played in film festivals in the midwest and eventually a comedy festival in L.A. A manager from a reputable management firm saw the film and requested a spec from the writer. My writer friend is now under consideration at the management firm. Is getting a manager easier than getting an agent? Is it beneficial in the early stages of one's career?

bianca said...

Sorry about posting twice