After producing three features, one of which I directed, I often get, why do a short? Why not make the feature? Besides the obvious fact...MONEY...it takes a tremendous amount of coin to produce, market, and distribute a feature. Let's face it, most films will never see a distribution deal, not to mention a high profile festival.
In all honesty, I have two more features in the works for the next two years. I'm so busy I can't stand it. But, when your estranged father 'friends' you on Facebook and eventually comes back into your families lives after 25-30 years, things aren't exactly normal. Then I get a phone call from my courageous brother who's family cared for this stranger, and what unfolded in the message was something out of non-fiction. You really can't make this stuff up!
I had a couple weekends to myself, wrote an outline, filled it in, asked for some feedback from some great writer friends, entered some contests, and in the past year saw the story become a finalist in three major contests. It attracted interest from very recognizable talent, the team has been building from day one with many people who have cared for Dementia stricken family members, and we have raised over $12,000 in crowdfunding alone.
So the question, why do a short? To test the market. See if an audience exists. Tell a story that needs to be shared because it's incredibly healing for our family and beyond. Hone my craft. Write/Direct and produce material worth seeing. There are countless reasons. The most important...it's a story that should be told. A man was transformed into a monster, a family was destroyed, and for what? Prejudice. Conformity.
If anyone can see this, and have some understanding, acceptance, love for others, then it was worth making. Short or feature doesn't matter. It's all about the end result. I hope it touches people and makes them talk, think, and open up.