Live Action Video

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  1. Live Action Short Film
    A live action film uses live action techniques as the basic medium of entertainment.  Documentary short subjects will not be accepted in the live action category.
  2. Animated Short Film
    An animated film is created by using a frame-by-frame technique, and usually falls into one of the two general fields of animation: character or abstract.  Some of the techniques of animating films include cel animation, computer animation, stop-motion, clay animation, pixilation, cutouts, pins, camera multiple pass imagery, kaleidoscopic effects, and drawing on the film frame itself.  Documentary short subjects that are animated may be submitted in either the Animated Short Film category or the Documentary Short Subject category, but not both.

The term really only comes up when there is a need to classify entries for contests, such as the Oscars.

The division between a “feature” and a “short film” is that a short film is no longer than 40 minutes. (Compare to the average TV show, which is 47 minutes plus commercials.) On the other hand, a feature is what we would normally go to the cinema to watch: a full movie or documentary.

The use of “live action” is meant to designate between animated shorts, narrative films (non-animated) and documentary shorts. The term is normally left out when talking about “Best Picture” at the Oscars, but technically features have three categories as well.

Specifically “live action” means a narrative film (not documentary), which is not animated.