Don’t Make a Feature!
(Make a short instead.) 
Why it’s better to start small — but not stay that way.

For inexperienced (or no-experience) filmmakers, making a feature film first is a bad idea. The challenges are great, the expense is large, and the likelihood of disaster ever present. There’s a better way, though. Start with a short. Same challenges, smaller scale, more forgiving, more room to grow. Come and learn the why’s and the how’s of making a short over a feature — and when to know you are ready to move up.



Jody Wheeler is an award winning creative, speaker, and instructor.


Among his credits are the mystery thriller The Dark Place, modern fantasy Judas Kiss, the scifi tale Heat Wave, and the prize winning shorts Hippopotamus and In The Closet. His company, Cthulhu Crush Productions, is developing several projects.


He currently teaches at Pacific Oaks College and USC

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