When the art of cinema began, films were no more than a few seconds in length, and then increased to a few minutes, and they remained in this situation for several years for technical reasons at first, and then economic; due to the high price of photographic materials.
This has challenged film directors to present an integrated idea in a very limited time, and if we go back to the films of this period, we will already find great films by directors such as Griffith, Cecil Dubai, De Mille and Chaplin, whose length does not exceed “one reel”, that is, about 12 minutes, but at the same time. The same plot is complete, considering that they were also subjected to another pressure, the silence of their films. Read also The movie “Hana K” .. Costa-Gavras’ masterpiece that did justice to Palestine On the anniversary of the June setback, how did the defeat change Egyptian cinema? Horror tops cinema revenues, led by the second part of the movie “A Quiet Place” Fashion in cinema.. Aesthetics of clothes between adornment and artistic value
Here we learn about the most important characteristics of short fiction films:
Short film script
Scenarios are the cinematic blueprints of the film, and thus the final form of the film to be shot must be determined.
The short film script should be no more than 2 to 40 pages long. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences defines a short film as “an original motion picture of 40 minutes or less, including all sequences,” and the general rule that each text page equals one minute of screen time; So 35-40 pages is generally the maximum that can be accepted as a short script.
In addition to determining the length of the screenplay for a short film, the script has to be condensed, which also affects the time the characters and stories exist in our eyes and minds.
The short films don’t have time to build tension, they don’t have time to build knots, and instead knots must be presented with a quick, but touching, character.
Feature film scripts should further master the art of maintaining viewer interest. Screenwriters need more twists and turns to keep the story going, and not get to the end too quickly, and can’t wait long to reveal it either.
So short scripts offer the writer an opportunity to get to the point quickly, with impact, while feature films offer the advantage of being able to include and develop more.
Short films can give us a glimpse into a character’s life, really just a brief moment. Whereas in feature films we often get to know the characters at their best or at their worst, and then see them go through the changes that the inciting incident forced them into with many conflicts.
The short films force us to observe the characters briefly most of the time. We only watch them get thrown into one major conflict, and have to get through it. The scripts in the short films focus only on the main characters who have a direct purpose to the film’s central concept.
In short, in feature films we sit with the characters and spend some time getting to know them, while in short films we go through a moment in their life and go on without being able to look back for more details or forward to the future. That is, the film focuses only on one focused and intense moment in the life of the main character, and does not branch out into a number of secondary and main characters.