December 23, 2011 —

Every Story Begins With One Single Letter is a spontaneous project done on a snowy week-end. From the initial idea on Friday night to the storyboard draft on Saturday morning, capturing the video footage on Saturday afternoon, and editing on Sunday, it only took 48 hours to finish the short film.

So, for once, there was a plan, contrary to the saying «A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving» (again Laozi). And it really makes a difference for video to have a predefined story outline, as it simplifies editing.

The dramatic music score is from Sergei Prokofiev’s popular ballet Romeo and Juliet written in 1935/36: Dance of the Knights. Prokofiev is one of the father’s of film scores; he strongly influenced composers such as John Williams (Star Wars, Jaws) and James Horner (Star Trek, Aliens, Titanic).

Below are some more stills taken from the video. They are actually pretty close to the original storyboard drawings. I’ve cropped the video to a 2.35:1 Cinemascope format. The Magic Lantern firmware add-on is a huge improvement for video recording on DSLR cameras.

Short Films Worth Watching

A selection of thirty-three short films – three minutes each, made for the 60th anniversary of the Cannes film festival – appeared under the title Chacun son Cinéma featuring works of directors Alejandro González Iñárritu, Aki Kaurismäki, Takeshi Kitano, David Lynch, Roman Polanski, Lars von Trier, Alberto Venzago, and Wim Wenders, among others.

The BBC has a comprehensive guide for filmmakers with info about writing a script, the background of a production, festivals, and much more, like recommended books. They also reference a list of sites publishing short films, e.g. Film Short, Coffeeshorts, and The Smalls.

On YouTube, the needles (e.g. the short film Pixels by Patrick Jean) are hard to find in the haystack. Vimeo has a short film group with curated content.

Last but not least, advertising spots sometimes have short film quality if made by the best directors (Bruno Aveillan‘s Wolves for example).