Mastering a One Take Short Film – How to Make the Dream a Reality

Making films is the dream of millions of people around the world. Some decades before, there weren’t many options for new filmmakers to showcase their movies.

Short Film
Short Film

Now, several new platforms have emerged with the digital revolution. Once you know you’re good to make a film and have some resources, you can go for it without thinking much about how will you take your work to the audiences. Hundreds of new filmmakers have emerged from digital platforms. Some of these filmmakers didn’t have much budget to make their films but did a fantastic job with whatever they had.

Also, it’s not just the film schools today, who can teach you the basics of movie-making. You can watch videos on YouTube, or there are online courses available for you to learn filmmaking. Also, with the camera being so readily available and relatively cheaper than before, new filmmakers can see themselves what works for them. These experiments have given birth to a whole new kind of filmmaking skill, that is, a one-take film. One take film (or rather a short film) is a film shot in just one take. There are no different camera angles and put together edited shots.


One of the most significant advantages of making a one-shot film is the budget. You can make a one-shot film in way less budget than the standard film. Sometimes, the process is another way around. You make a one-shot film because you don’t have a budget to make a regular film, not because you’re interested in creating a one-shot movie. But, once you embark on this creatively adventurous journey, many added benefits come with it.

Easy to hide the deficiencies

In a one-shot film, you can hide the weaknesses in your script. You don’t need to show all the aspects of the character’s lives. For instance, if the character is sitting on a chair inside a house, a filmmaker doesn’t have to worry about other aspects of the character’s life. Also, you can show your ability as a filmmaker in a one-shot film. Once you master the art of making a single shot film, you’d be very comfortable when the budget is more prominent.

Less time and more preparation

Another benefit of a single-shot film is the time. It doesn’t take much time for a filmmaker to make a one-shot film. Development plays a crucial part in creating a single-shot film. You might be preparing for the movie for ten days, and the shooting may be completed in less than 10 hours. But you should be clear in your mind as a filmmaker what you want. You can’t improvise much in a single shot film. In regular cinema, there is still scope with different camera angles and other aspects, but not in a one-shot movie. Also, always be prepared for any eventuality on the film set. You might have prepared very hard for the scene, but you never know what situation arises on the set. So, have patience and extra time on your hands, and never become frustrated.