Running Time

Added on by Chris WHITE.

The film is probably going to run (with credits) 75 minutes...give or take two minutes on either side of that.

I'm happy with the length. Had aimed for 70-80 when we started the project. Looks like we nailed it.

Why so...short?

For what it's worth, a film must run at least 40 minutes to be eligible for an Academy Award. That's "feature-length" according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. As well...five reels of film (50 minutes) have traditionally constituted a theatrical feature-length film for exhibitors.

l-r: Tim Brosnan ("Simon"), Me, and Daniel McCord (DP) at South of the Border's "Pedro's Pleasuredome."

l-r: Tim Brosnan ("Simon"), Me, and Daniel McCord (DP) at South of the Border's "Pedro's Pleasuredome."

Most commercial screenplays are written for 100-125 minute films...which is the current norm for American features...although some run a little shorter than that, and a few run longer.

I figure that my first feature should be of a very "watchable" length. Don't want anyone to decide not to watch TAKEN IN because it's too long. Plus, many public screenings of the film will include talk-back sessions following. a 75 minute running time allows for a 30-45 minute discussion after...and everyone gets out within two hours.

But that's all brass tacks, logistics, marketing. The aesthetic reason our film is on the short side of feature-length is because 75 minutes is all we need to work out this story. We're taking a ride from father-daughter estrangement to hands held. And even with the story's complications, it just doesn't take us any longer to get there.