Ever since I first watched one, I’ve been fixated on short films. Each motion picture conveys a meaningful message, through mellifluous music, expressions, and very little dialogue (or none at all). However, short films are not set on the same standards as your typical-length movie.

The beauty of short films is unheeded. Why is that?

A common misconception about short films is that they take less effort to make. This is simply not true, and Swedish director/cinematographer Sara Broos puts this into perspective by vocalizing, “A short film can be anything. Just like a poem. But that doesn’t mean it is easier. Sometimes it’s much harder to write one great poem than to write a lengthy novel.” A complete story plot includes an overall theme, character development, setting, tone, and more, so it’s quite difficult to fit an entire plot into a short amount of time.

Additionally, streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu and Vudu provide a limited option of short films to watch, and advertise them rarely. Promoting regular-duration films significantly more than short films sways subscribers into that direction, leaving short films with few people to witness their beauty.

There are so many amazing aspects of short films, and it’s about time we start appreciating them.

Many short films portray pieces of society that are missing, and why we desperately need them right now. For example, in “Dear Basketball,” Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers portrayed the immense perseverance he had to use in order to fulfill his passion of playing basketball, with the help of director Glen Keane. Laziness is prevalent in today’s world, because we believe that there’s a shortcut to anything we desire. In order to shatter this belief, pieces of work such as “Dear Basketball” need to be recognized.

Lastly, short films embody real emotions. The reason why there is usually no dialogue in these films is that sometimes, silence can be just as influential as speech. The feelings and notions of characters in short films are clearly shown through facial expressions, body language, and mood-setting music. Rationed dialogue also makes short films universal, as you can enjoy one no matter what languages you understand.

So, try taking a break from your usual rom-com or horror movie and watch a short film. To appreciate one, all you need is a few minutes of your time!

Aspiring journalist Harini Senthilkumar is an eighth-grader at Central Middle School in Eden Prairie. She enjoys singing and writing.

Melissa Turtinen is the multimedia reporter for Lakeshore Weekly News. She's passionate about adding context to stories and informing people about what's going on in their community. She enjoys being outside, traveling and good beer.


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