How to Write an LGBT Short Film

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25-08-2019, 09:00
Updated: August 23, 2019 If you're LGBT+ or are a strong supporter of the LGBT+ community, making a short film is a great way to share your support, and get involved! This article will show you how to get started.


  1. Decide on the plot of your film. There's no use in finding actors and starting to film if you don't know what the film is going to be about. It is also useful to decide on a timeframe (eg. 20 minutes) for your film to be, so you have something to base it on. Like writing a story, decide on a beginning, middle and ending for your film. You'll also need to develop ideas for characters. Remember to be original, although it is alright to take inspiration from short films you've already watched. Some ideas for plots could be:
    • A couple's journey discovering they are LGBT+
    • An LGBT+ couple not being accepted by one or both of their families
    • A person's journey through transitioning
  2. Find actors to be in your film. Now you already have a rough idea of your film, you can start picking actors. If you're just making the film for fun, you probably want to just pick some of your friends to be your actors. If you can, pick people who do acting outside of school, or have an interest in acting.
    • Make sure your actors are comfortable with anything they will have to do (for example if your film features a kiss)
    • You'll need to think about how you want your characters to look, and if there's anything you'll need to find (wigs, makeup) to get your characters looking how you want.
  3. Know where you're going to film. You can film in lots of different places for different scenes, or you can choose to mainly film in one place. Make sure where you're going to film actually relates to your film, not just because you like the place.
    • Get permission if you want to film anywhere that isn't your house or a public space. For example, if you want to shoot a scene on a train, you'll have to ask the train company beforehand.
    • If you can't get permission, think about how you could adapt the scene so that you don't film without permission.
  4. Write a full script. Now that you know roughly what happens, you have actors to play the parts and you should have permission to film in any place you know you'll need, it's time to write the full script. Get your actors to help you write it, you can also adapt it for the people playing the specific parts.
    • If you haven't done already, consider whether you want to use special effects, voiceovers or props. If you do, know how you're going to get them (do you need to look for an editing app, find someone to borrow props from, etc.)
    • Use lots of dialogue. As you're writing a film, it needs to be mainly dialogue. Think about how your characters would speak/interact with each other. Make it realistic!
    • Consider costumes. Will you need them? Will you need costume changes in the film? Do the costumes reflect your characters?
  5. Get ready to film! Make sure all your actors have learned their lines. If you're using props, make sure you have them ready. You'll also need to know which scenes you're filming first.
    • If you're using makeup or changing the actors appearances in any way, do that now. Know if you'll need costume changes in the film. Consider when and where you'll do that.
  6. Start filming your movie!  Know what you're using to film. Will you be using a phone camera or a professional camera? Make sure to take breaks throughout. If you're unhappy with a scene, it's best to do a re-take whilst you're all still in costume, instead of coming home to realise you don't like it.
    • If you're filming in public, even with permission, be sure to make sure you don't disturb others or cause a nuisance. If you're asked to stop filming, stop and either go somewhere else or come back later.
    • Save all your scenes under a name you can recognise. That way you'll know which scene is which when you come to edit it.
  7. Edit your movie. You should already have editing software, but if you don't, now is the time to download some. Use your software to put all the scenes together in the correct order.  If you're using special effects or a voiceover, you can add those now.
    • Consider the timeframe you decided on in the beginning. Does your film at least roughly meet it? If it doesn't, consider cutting scenes or adding pieces of narration.
    • Consider how well your film works as a short movie. Does it tell the story you decided upon in the beginning? Does your editing flow well from scene to scene?
  8. Publish your movie! After you're done editing, you should watch the movie over with all your actors. Once you're happy with everything, you can download your movie, and publish it if you want! Congratulate yourself and your actors on making a great LBGT+ short movie!


  • If you're using songs in your movie, make sure you have the licence to use them. You could even use songs you've written or sung yourself!
  • Before you publish your movie, watch the whole thing over to see if you're happy with everything.
  • Don't film in places you aren't allowed. Either get permission or find somewhere else to film.
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