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The Impact Field Guide and Toolkit: Why Shorts?

A tailored guide for making and moving shorts for impact (Source: Doc Society)
When Doc Society produced and released the first Impact Field Guide back in 2013, they did so with feature-length documentaries in mind. But there is huge renewed and growing interest in shorts.

Whether the interest is driven by high demand, narrowing attention spans, accessibility, or urgency, Doc Society decided it was time to dig into the ins and outs of making and moving shorts for impact with this tailored guide.

A rapid-response short can be incredibly satisfying to produce and publish in fast-moving social and political contexts. Often, in those contexts, speed really matters – because the social problems our films address, and the movements they support, often can’t wait for alignment with a feature-length production schedule.