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.

filmmatic.com:  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.

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.

 

 

CONTACT US

We're not around right now. But you can send us an email and we'll get back to you, asap.

Sending

©2019 Filmmatic.com

Log in with your credentials

or    

Forgot your details?

Create Account