Short of the Week

Learn Self Defense

Fun yet violent animation that teaches us self-defense techniques (or attempts to) through everyday man, George—a character we all know well.

This instructional film places our average Joe deep into a satire on modern foreign politics. When diplomacy fails (or is neglected), it’s time to fight. And as mathematics has proven, it’s always helpful to have God on your side. All you need now is an oversized cowboy hat and a jumbo pistol.

The big strength in Learn Self Defense is in its simple character illustration and minimal animation. Everything from movement to color to sound has been minimized to focus your concentration on the tiniest change.

Chris Harding is a very talented animator who doesn’t take himself too seriously. He is cautiously documenting his secret Mystery Work In Progress (working title) for all to follow.

Andrew makes no attempt to hide his love for the magic art of animation. He appreciates compelling visuals but never forgets that in this modern age, a strong story always reigns supreme. You can see his work at or his latest film The Thomas Beale Cipher.
  • A2 Short Film Evaluation – sarahcheung

    [...] my research, I looked at various short films such as Table 7 and Learn Self-Defense, they were mostly satires and thrillers with a political theme. However the two films that I [...]