Storyclock Development Log

Should You Make a Proof-of-Concept Short?

By Seth Worley

Should You Make a Proof-of-Concept Short?

It’s an all too common story -- an untested filmmaker, in an effort to get their untested feature idea off the ground, resorts to making a proof-of-concept: a short film created to prove the value of a feature concept. But is it worth it doing? Could it potentially devalue the entire idea in the process?

I asked myself these questions every day while I was making DARKER COLORS, my new proof-of-concept short from Red Giant. The idea of taking this thing that I’ve been pouring myself into for the last three years of my life, and potentially devalue-ing it by (ironically enough) setting out to demonstrate and prove its value, does not sound appealing.

So why did I do it? I made a video to help answer that, and hopefully help you answer some of your own similar questions.



As mentioned in the video, I used my Storyclock Workbook to help me turn a scene from my feature script into a more stand-alone cohesive short with its own beginning, middle, and end. Here's the short's structure laid out in a storyclock:



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