Short of the Week

Adventures of a Cardboard Box

A sweet film about a boy and the myriad of uses he finds for a cardboard box. A Nokia Shorts entry.

I was really impressed with the finalists of the Nokia Shorts Competition that we featured a couple of weeks ago. I also have a feeling that many of you probably didn’t watch them all, so I wanted to highlight my personal favorite from the lineup.

Directed by Temujin Doran, who has had internet success with his Vimeo-award nominated Facts About Projection, Adventures of a Cardboard Box demonstrates an abundance of creativity. Highlighting a kid and his favorite toy, a cardboard box, the film veers from adventure to tragedy in showcasing that many, many (and at 8 minutes, maybe too many) ways that imagination can animate even the most mundane things.

This is simple no-budget filmmmaking at its finest, subbing everyday creativity for fancy cameras, impressive sets or big stars. I can wistfully imagine the notebooks that were filled during the writing process with concepts of how to make a cardboard box cool. And through this kitchen sink approach to ideas, Mr. Doran has given us filmmakers a reason to pause and think about our over-reliance on all our “toys”.

Co-Founder of Short of the Week, Sondhi lives in Brooklyn working as a Curator for Vimeo. Follow his musings on online video, direct distribution and branded content: @jasondhi.
  • John

    cute video. I liked it.

  • Chezwright

    Love it.  My son had to use it as the basis for some creative writing at school.  He was really inspired!!

  • Suburbannerd

    Something tells me it’s paying homage to ‘The Red Balloon”. But Cardboard-style!

  • Jason roberts

    made me smile..:)..loved it!

  • David Gaillardetz

    This is beautiful. Glad I took the time. Just what I needed. :-)

  • Lizabeth Gray

    It’s rather cold and gray here in Pittsburgh and this just brightened my day.Thanks.

  • Keith3putt

    LOVED this movie!!

  • Keith3putt

    LOVED this movie!!