A Short Film Is Like...

...a black hole: the laws of matter are reversed. - Katariina Lillqvist
...a poem: it takes big themes and distils them. Less is more. -ScreenEast
...poems. - Pertti Paltila
...a poem: brief, still highly literate, and capable of making ripples in the thought processes that far outlast the piece. -Robert Frazier
...a joke: it's pithy and it has a climax. -Michael Hannigan
...a good joke...a bit of a story, all related around the same thing, no tangent, and it ends on an up. -Rolin
...the beginning of the feature, it's gonna continue from there. -Royston Tan

...a scene. A scene that has a good beginning, middle, and end. In a long film youíre dealing with so many layers. -Andrea Dorfman
...your CV and you are giving snapshots of a film that could be told longer. -Aneel Ahmad
...a calling card to get noticed by Hollywood. - Selise Eiseman
...a dead baby in the river. -Mitch Davis
...a gate-pass. You show it around to people. -Sachin Kundalkar
...a short story and not a novel. -Luis Prieto.

...It is not a productive question, a short film is just that: a short film. Its form is not essential but its content. Short stories cannot be read thinking constantly the nature of a short story. That would be like walking and thinking, well, but what is a slipper. -Susanna Helke

"Short films are like..."
... theatre - they bring people together. -Blair Milan
...Skittles for the mind. Sure they're small, but you can eat a lot of them in no time at all. But take in too many of these insubstantial tidbits and you'll end up bloated, miserable, and malnourished. -Robert Strohmeyer
...haiku or comic strips, employing a narrative hole, or narrative absence. -Josh Gibson
...inappropriate gestures, physical actions or shouts in public spaces. -Ruth Catlow
...roots of full-length films. -Kim Jun-Yeon
...learning your scales. -Peter John Ross
...5 seconds of a sniper shooting someone or something to that effect.
... small but brilliant, rough diamonds, and are like a blueprint of the image industry's future. -Tetsuya Bessho

Since 2001 here at greg.org, I've been blogging about the creative process—my own and those of people who interest me. That mostly involves filmmaking, art, writing, research, and the making thereof.

Many thanks to the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Program for supporting greg.org that time.

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