Jonathan Ogilvie: Top Tips for Short Film Screenwriters

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Jonathan Ogilvie, Tropfest winner and Palme d'Or nominee gave us his top tips for writing a short film.

1. Size does matter 

Be dramatically concise and keep your length within the prime numbers.

2. Be transgressive 

Strive to boldly go where no-one else has gone before. 

3. Believe in your story

The controlling idea of your film should be true to you. 

4. High concept/low budget 

For an audience, a strong story concept will always trump high production values. 

5. A short film is not a mini-feature

Short films and feature films are as different in form as a Japanese haiku poem is to a Russian novel. 

If you want to learn more come to Short Film Screenwriting Intensive

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