Story telling has never been a more powerful and necessary skill.
Just look around.
We have 2.5 TVs per household, smartphones (loaded with an average of 27 apps) and a collection of content-packed tablets and computers all shouting for attention. Film has always been a potent story-telling device. And now, when it comes to film, short matters. There's a reason the average YouTube video is 2.7 minutes long.
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For the past six decades or so, the short film has taken a back seat to its longer sibling, the feature film. Almost exclusively independent endeavors, the short film was and remains a vehicle for experimentation with new technologies and a freedom of ideas that cannot easily be realized in a longer format. In fact, many established and successful directors, including George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Martin Scorsese, first began by making short films. It served as a way for them to hone their craft, and gain entrance into the industry.
Today, for the first time since the 1930's, the short film has become a hot commodity. The shifting and changing media landscape has made short films one of the most relevant and malleable mediums available to filmmakers. Indeed, television, the internet, and mobile devices have all generated a market for shorts that goes beyond film festivals. What's more, the widespread use of digital media and editing equipment has made the genre an economical and accessible way to articulate and experiment with ideas that might otherwise be deemed too challenging or untenable. At SVA, we view the medium as integral to the existence of an evolving, stimulating, and relevant film industry.
We believe the future is short. In a world inundated with entertainment and information; the power of short, potent narratives will only increase in importance. SVA is dedicated to raising the next generation of story- tellers. Those with the power to turn their ideas into compelling narrative-driven films to inspire, inform and motivate those around them whether for creative, commercial or academic purposes.