Talk:Featurette

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
WikiProject Film (Rated Stub-class)
WikiProject icon This article is within the scope of WikiProject Film. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the project and see lists of open tasks and regional and topical task forces. To use this banner, please refer to the documentation. To improve this article, please refer to the guidelines.
Stub-Class article Stub  This article has been rated as Stub-Class on the project's quality scale.
 

Film length[edit]

The wiki for "feature film" indicates that anything exceeding 40 minutes is a feature, so wouldn't a "featurette" fall below that length? 131.91.244.101 02:36, 3 September 2006 (UTC)

It's not an exact science. 86.136.222.69 16:23, 8 April 2007 (UTC)

The Searchers: First use of a featurette?[edit]

I once read/heard that the first use of a featurette, in the sense of showing the behind-the-scenes of a movie for the purpose of promotion, was for the 1956 film The Searchers. If there is any truth to this, with references to back it up, please add!

Al Fecund (talk) 03:08, 12 July 2012 (UTC)

Not sure about a featurette's use in relation to a "behind-the-scenes" promo, but the earliest reference to a "featurette" I could find in the New York Times archive goes back to an October 6, 1924, review of the film "The Story Without A Name", which is listed as being shown with a featurette called "If Matches Struck". Mayor of awesometown (talk) 10:25, 27 May 2013 (UTC)

Featurette length[edit]

I changed the length. Short subjects that were comprised of two film reels were usually referred to as "two-reelers", such as is the case with many "two reel comedies" by Laurel and Hardy, Our Gang, and The Three Stooges, or with serials such as Flash Gordon or Buck Rogers.

As indicated above, a "feature film" by the standards of the American Film Institute, the British Film Institute, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is defined as a film lasting at least 40 minutes--in other words, it is roughly comprised of four or more film reels.

A film reel lasts 12 minutes or less, thus, a featurette would last somewhere from 24 minutes (greater than two film reels) to 40 minutes (less than a feature film), so I have changed the length on this wiki page to reflect that. Mayor of awesometown (talk) 02:06, 27 May 2013 (UTC)