Guess what? It’s that time of year again! For my Zip project in Grade 9 I chose to write short stories, but this time I would like to explore a different type of media, and create an experimental short film about my experiences as a member of the LGBT community.


“What are the most important aspects to consider when creating an experimental short film?


I chose this area because of my BURNING passion for editing/creating videos. I’ve been documenting my life ever since I was a little kid, and recently I’ve started a YouTube channel where some of my most amazing memories are displayed. There’s something about creating art out of (basically) nothing that is so intriguing to me, and as well as this making videos is one of the only forms of art that I am actually good at. I know that choosing film as my Zip project will allow me to explore new areas of film that I’ve never been exposed to before, while still doing something I’m passionate about.


Most of the videos I have edited so far are montages (clips with music in the background), but short films are different. They need to tell a story, and there are characters/specific locations that need to be figured out before. I’m going to be writing a screenplay, and planning out every aspect of my short film; I’m hoping for it to be around 3-6 minutes long, but I’m not exactly sure yet. There will be far more planning and work going into creating this video than I’m used to, so it will definitely be a challenge.


As you may know, I chose making YouTube videos as my In-Depth project this year. I have experience with editing that will definitely help me put together the film. I also have a few different people I can reach out to for help. My In-Depth mentor Travis who has had lot’s of experience with YouTube and Vine would most likely be willing to look over my short film and give me advice on how to improve it. As for my classmates, Elyjah has made multiple short films – I could definitely go to him with any questions I have.


As well as these wonderful people that I can get help from, there are many other resources I could use. For example, there are so many short films on YouTube in general that I could use for inspiration. The internet is such a great source of information (most of the time) and I know that I won’t have any trouble finding what I’m looking for.


Below is my (tentative) schedule!

Date Task
Monday, December 4 Write proposal
Tuesday, December 5 Finish proposal, upload to blog
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (December 6, 7, and 8) Research (aspects of an experimental short film), how to write a screenplay, etc.
Saturday, Sunday (December 9 and 10) Finish research, start planning short film (characters, locations, plot, etc)
The week of December 11 to the 15 Finish planning the film
The rest of the days until winter break Film and edit
Winter break Film/edit more if needed

That’s it. I’m so excited for Zip this year, and I can’t wait to see where this project will take me :)