Short of the Week

The Maker

A strange creature races against time to make the most important and beautiful creation of his life.

Stop-motion, one of the oldest and most basic forms of filmmaking, has somehow continued to captivate us for over 100 years. It’s magical ability to bring the everyday world to life with realistic detail just hasn’t been matched by 3D animation. Kirsten Lepore, Mikey Please, and Max Winston, are some who make up the avant garde of today’s stop-motion storytellers. But few have combined iconic production and character design with strong, original short stories as Christopher Kezelos. You’ve seen his work here before—the math-based Zero. His latest film, The Maker, has spent the past year lighting up the festival circuit.

The Maker explores the preciousness of our moments on earth, the short time we have with loved ones and the enjoyment of one’s life’s work and purpose.—Christopher Kezelos

The meticulous attention to details in production design make each shot a beautiful still. The film is so tightly put together that it’s a bit of shock to learn it’s the outcome of an internet-enabled collaboration across three continents. A production crew in Australia, a puppet designer in Ohio (Amanda Louise Spayd), and post-production in London.

Today marks The Maker’s debut to the world as part of The Wrap’s Short List Film Festival alongside 11 other great shorts. If you love the film as much as we do, head over now and give it your vote—we have.

Vote for “The Maker” on The Wrap 


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.
  • Jason Sondhi

    Zero is a special short, but I like this one even better! Amazing!

  • pick poke

    well worked musics

  • bob esponja

    in my opinion, this short is a kind of masterpiece

  • Andrew S Allen

    This is one of my all-time favorites from this past year. First caught it at the Savannah Film Festival. Great to see it now online. Nice work, Chris!

  • Brian Lion
  • Anonymous

    A short film to be watched again and again for sure. What really sold me on this film though was that tagline, how sweet. Every moment is definitely masterful and I am consistently captivated by stopmotion.

  • Dode Florin Alexandru

    my mind was smahed when i sow that he disapeared (sorry for the english) verry nice short movie loved it :D

  • Sebastian

    Amazingly beautiful! So well done!

  • Hansaka Nirmal Wickramasinghe

    Not As Good as I expected it to be. The Story behind is good. But it was quite predictable and though the music was nice I felt like it just destroy the quality of the short.

  • Hansaka Nirmal Wickramasinghe

    No Actually it is good in the second watch. Restless Life and Love within that Mortal Life. Nice Idea.

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  • Graham

    This was amazing. One of my favorite films on here.

  • Cory Lance Gunz Gaskins

    Definitely one of the best animation I’ve seen here.

  • Ulhas Sodankoor Bhat

    Wonderful and par excellence, bravo!!!

  • Ulhas Sodankoor Bhat

    Wonderful and par excellence, bravo!!!

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  • Natalia Javiera Miranda Bustos

    anyone know what is the age of Christopher kezelos or year you were born? thanks

  • cindy

    the best short film ever

  • emma

    Really brought tears in my eyes