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The short form offers avenues for up and comers, avenues for experimentation, and economic story-telling. From the flash-fiction of a TV ad to the shorty story style of a twenty-minute segment, these are worthy literary artifacts that range from the rough to the polished, the Burlesque gag to a profound moment held in suspension.

Here is a fun one.



The short film is also a formal aspect of long-form films. Sometimes they're epigraphs or prologues or subtext or Mise en abyme

The opening bit from A Serious Man is a great example.



Where does the "Indianapolis speech" from JAWS fit in? It is both part of the story and apart from it. It is not a break from the film like some sepia-toned flashback or cartoon dream-sequence. It is very much in the world of the story and yet is also a self-contained story. If all you saw of JAWS was this scene, you would still find it complete and rewarding. Where does the opening monologue from Fellowship of the Ring fit in? If any chunk of exposition should or could have collapsed under its own weight, the opening for Fellowship of the Ring certainly certainly risked it. But it worked and it quite effectively inserts us into Middle Earth.

And let's not forget about the gimmicky but fun TV ads that put Anthony Stewart Head on the map (the man who would become Giles on Buffy).



This is a gag that would be serialized.



A simple gimmick, but it made moms lean in to watch coffee ads. And the gag still works today



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