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Are short films worth watching? Show more Show less

People are deluged by content - via social media, TV channels, OTT platform, box sets, websites, brands etc - but have less and less time to watch them. Short films offer narratives, story arcs etc but delivered in a condensed form.

No, short films are not worth watching Show more Show less

They are a waste of time when features could be explored further.
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Short films don't allow for character development

There is less time to understand and relate to a protagonist.
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Context

The Argument

In the short span of time that short films allow, there isn't nearly enough time to fully develop the main characters. Sometimes short films succeed, but it's still not the same as a feature length film. On average, short films are approximately fifty minutes or less[1]. A feature runs for approximately 90-100 minutes[2]. That's TWO TIMES the amount of time to understand and fully develop protagonists. Audiences want characters that they can feel attached to, connected with. It's incredibly difficult to do that within a short film. Although some of them may succeed, a lot will not. It's not worth scanning through a million short films just to find one that does it right.

Counter arguments

Often times, we get to understand and know characters even better than we would in a feature. We get a specific snippet of life versus a general oversweep.

Framing

Premises

[P1] Characters are not as well-developed in short films. [P2] Features are better at featuring well-rounded protagonists.

Rejecting the premises

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References

  1. https://screenwriting.io/how-long-is-a-short-film/
  2. https://towardsdatascience.com/are-new-movies-longer-than-they-were-10hh20-50-year-ago-a35356b2ca5b

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