Short of the Week


Comedy about Growth in Live-Action
Tim and Eric / 14 min / USA / 2011

TV’s Tim and Eric descended upon Sundance 2011 with this, a short film of unbridled crudity.

News / July 20, 2011

In a key step towards our ongoing goal of taking over the internet and ruling with an iron fist, Filmmaker Magazine has honored both Andrew and I as part…

Comedy about Art in Live-Action
Yousheng Tng / 8 min / USA / 2011

Steadicam operator Yousheng Tang looks at the hilarious activities that go on behind the scenes at a film shoot via a well-executed, single long-take shot.

Drama about Family in Live-Action
Doug Karr / 7 min / Canada / 2011

One man. Two superpowers. Three ex-wives. Four autopsies. The remarkable true story of David Karr, from the perspective of the grandson who wishes he knew him.

Documentary about Loss in Live-Action
Ransom Riggs / 6 min / USA / 2011

Writer/filmmaker Ransom Riggs directs this poetic look at the doomed inland desert oasis, “The Salton Sea”.

Comedy about Childhood in Live-Action
Temujin Doran / 8 min / USA / 2011

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

Satire about Revenge in Live-Action
Kris Moyes / 10 min / Australia / 2011

An over-the-top bloody romp of fashion by Australian Kris Moyes for the label Romance was Born.

Twitter Digest / July 9, 2011

Our little digest rolls along. Sooner or later I’ll get creative with the formatting, until then here are the tweets!
Huff Post contributor lists his faves from Palm Springs Shortsfest…

Online Program Student Films / July 8, 2011

6 new animated shorts have come online to the Gobelins YouTube channel, representing the graduation work of its 3rd year students at the Paris campus. The name “Gobelins” may…

Branded Film about Other Worlds in Special FX
Seth Worley / 9 min / USA / 2011

When activated, the “plot device” spontaneously transforms our hero’s world into any number of cliched film scenarios. A hit branded film for software company Red Giant.

Drama about Love in 3D Animation

A boy, new to the neighborhood, falls for the older girl next door is this wonderfully expressive Dutch student animation.

Comedy about Growth in Live-Action
Charlie Graley / 7 min / UK / 2011

A man wakes to find his hands have taken on a life of their own.

Twitter Digest / July 2, 2011

Told you we’d make this a weekly thing. A great week in quickie Twitter-recommends, exemplified by a killer lineup of student animations.
The Archiver: Pretty rad CG short animation from…

Drama about Love in Performance
Kseniya Simonova / 7 min / Ukraine / 2011

Sand-artist superstar Kseniya Simonova returns in this branded piece for Dior.

Poem about Friendship in Live-Action
Jean Malek / 5 min / Canada / 2011

With their entire lives stretching out before them, three young women make a secret pact. A poetic reflection on youth and all its firsts: sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and touches.

Sci-Fi about Politics in 3D Animation
Kibwe Tavares / 5 min / UK / 2011

Architecture student Kibwe Taveres filters a vision of a robot uprising through the lens of history, blending high grade CG with archival footage of the 1981 Brixton riots.

Branded Content Branded Film Online Program Web Competition / June 28, 2011

Sunday night at the Edinburgh Film Festival, the much-promoted Nokia Shorts Competition drew to a close with the debut screening of the 8 finalist films. Shot entirely on Nokia…

Drama about Friendship in Live-Action
Spike Jonze / 28 min / USA / 2011

A band of teenage friends struggle to find their place in a tumultuous militant world in this short film by Spike Jonze for the indie group, Arcade Fire.

Experimental about Childhood in Puppetry
Christian Simmons / 3 min / USA / 2011

A girl finds a mysterious oversized pencil with a creepy grin that can bring anything she draws to life. What can go wrong?

SOTW / June 25, 2011

In our recent reader survey, languishing far behind the other outlets through which we nakedly grasp for readers, was Twitter. A diminutive 4% of survey takers responded that it is their primary…

Short of the Moment / June 23, 2011

Popular sports writer Bill Simmons came up with this idea once in one of his podcasts, I can’t remember which one, but he claimed that at any given moment in…

Essay about Human Nature in Multi-Media
Kirby Ferguson / 11 min / USA / 2011

Part 3 of Kirby Ferguson’s brilliant Everything is a Remix series deals with the origins of creativity.

Fantasy about Nature in 3D Animation
Fabian Grodde / 6 min / Germany / 2011

In the quiet of the forest, Firebugs secretly amass for worship only to fall victim to a foe pulling the strings in this realistic CG film from Germany.

Playlist / June 19, 2011

Indeed. Congrats to the fathers out there, and to all of us who have, or have had fathers (everyone I guess). I decided to post a few recommendations from our…

SOTW / June 19, 2011

A week ago we asked you to participate in our reader poll. And you did. I’ve since compiled and analyzed the results. What did we find? Check out the overview of…