Each day that I'm in this industry, the more and more I learn that great short films with well-written characters and talented acting isn't going to get you the attention you might be looking for when trying to break into the "Hollywood" production plant.
Instead, it looks like as the years go on, concepts don't even need to make sense let alone showcase any skill other than how good the visual effects looks (and sometimes that can be questionable).
For example, I read that NoFilmSchool posted that another short film has been optioned to become a feature film. Watch it below:
As a filmmaker and vfx artist, I know exactly how hard these shots can be to pull off. The problem is the story, or what little story they showcase. It all just feels too one-dimensional. And Ill give it the benefit of the doubt by saying there may be an excellent script I'm not seeing.
It just goes to show that it's not about how talented you are (director, actor, producer, etc.) its really about who you know and who you network with. Maybe the lesson to learn from this situation is that filmmakers should spend more time getting to know other filmmakers and producers as they write their project - because even if they tell a great story it could go unseen.
Of course, a bad short film can be turned into a great movie. And a great short film can be turned into a horrible film: like Pixels (great short, horrible film).
What do you think? Should filmmakers at least put some effort into Networking or should a good short film, with well written characters and solid story create the possible environment of networking?