Short of the Week

Mourir Auprès de Toi (To Die by Your Side)

When the bookstore closes, the characters on the book covers come alive in this collaboration between designer Olympia Le-Tan and filmmaker Spike Jonze.

Collaborations between creators in different fields can bring about some of the most unexpected and interesting work. Such is the case with Mourir Auprés de Toi—a collaboration between famed filmmaker, Spike Jonze, and accessory designer, Olympia Le-Tan, best known for her embroidered clutches based on classic books. At the aptly named Shakespeare and Co. bookstore, a plucky skeleton from a book cover of Macbeth finds love in a long-haired beauty on the cover of Dracula. The two embark on a journey that finds them in the belly of Moby Dick until the two meet at last. It’s a classic love story with a bit of modern twist.

A short is like a sketch. You can have an idea or a feeling and just go and do it.—Spike Jonze (via Nowness)

The animation was created from 3000 hand-cut pieces that took 3 months to cut—animation was another 2 months. Read more from an interview with Spike Jonze at Nowness.

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.
  • Patrick Zimmerman

    Wonderful animated short. Glad you put it up here.

  • koray

    nice stop motion,but you leave l’amore section in generic :)