The short.  A manageable, effective calling card for actors and filmmakers alike.   The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences defines a short film as “an original motion picture that has a running time of 40 minutes or less, including all credits”.  Most seem to run in the 2-5 minute range.

Filmmaker Marc Menet recently directed “Unrequited”, a Chicago-based comedy starring Michael Chinn and Alyson Lyon.  We caught up with actor Michael Chinn (above left) to get some insight into the why’s and how’s of producing a short.  You’ve acted in a number of feature films, why do another short?

CHINN:  As an actor, shorts are a great way to stay loose in between bigger projects.  I love working in Chicago, so any Chicago project gets a serious look. I had worked with the director (Marc Menet) before, so it was a no-brainer.  Can a short further you career?

CHINN:  Sure, shorts get seen at major festivals just like feature length projects.  I do though try to limit myself to films that I know will be well publicized.

ItsFILM:  How was it working on “Unrequited”?

CHINN:  Quick and easy.  We shot the whole thing in one day.  The production crew was well organized so the shoot went smoothly.

ItsFILM:  Any advice for an actor or filmmaker looking to do their first short?

CHINN:  Choose a project thats manageable given the resources you have at hand.  Make sure you are committed to finishing what you started.

“Unrequited” will debut at numerous festivals this fall.




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