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.
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.
filmmatic.com: 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.