How to Make a Super Scary Short Film

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The Challenge: create a scary movie on the theme of “young genius,” no longer than 30 seconds. The filmmaker Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm StreetScream) will judge the submissions.

The Submissions: live action, animation, and horror that truly defies categorization. Watch all the entries here.

Enter Studio 360’s Scary Short Film Festival

The deadline to be considered for our contest is March 2, 2014 at 11:59pm ET. 


Some FAQs:

   • Can I submit several, serial 30-second films?
   No. The entire film must be 30 seconds or less. But feel free to submit as many films as you’d like.

   • Are credits included in the 30-second time limit?
   No, but extra kudos if you can squeeze them in.

   • “Young genius” is the theme — what does that mean?
   It’s up to you — our theme is deliberately vague. "Young genius" could be a character (as in Kurt's movie), a plot point, a motif, or something else altogether. Your call — but it must be in there.

   • Does judge Wes Craven have any advice?
Here's the advice he got his maiden voyage: “Just drag all the skeletons out of your closet.”
   Listen to his full conversation with Kurt.

Every House Has a History by Charlie Thomson — Chatham, New Jersey

Music Playlist

  1. Sleep Clinic

    Artist: Charles Bernstein
    Album: Nightmare on Elm Street Soundtrack
    Label: Varese Sarabande