Short films can be made quite simply using the video recording capabilities of smart phones or a digital camera. The film can be later compiled through editing and other post-production processes using simple post production software programs. There are a number of simple editing apps available for phones and tablets.
While one to three minutes is the usual length of a student short film, even shorter films are fun to make too.
In camera edited films
A more simple, less processed film can also be carefully planned and filmed in a shot by shot sequence from titles through to credits as an in-camera edit. Here, what you film is what you see! This means as long as you film in the correct shot sequence, you don’t need post-production. This YouTube clip is a quick example to demonstrate the process from TAFE teacher Grant Higginson.
Also, look out for film competitions based on in-camera edits.
Examples of student made short films
View finalists films for TropJr a spin-off short film competition for kids aged 15 years and younger based on the well-known short film competition Tropfest.
Other examples of short films
Tropfest is the world’s largest short film festival. View past winners along with information about making a short film.
This page provides an overview of useful resources for filmmaking, from pre-production through to post production. There are lots of resources provided particularly for film production in the classroom.