Short of the Week


SOTW / April 9, 2012

It’s been 5 great years here at Short of the Week as we take a look at where have we been and where are we going.

Experimental about Reality in Live-Action
Zellner Brothers / 5 min / USA / 2012

A story in two parts, the Zellner Bros. play with audience expectations masterfully in a short that exemplifies the art of the setup.

Satire about Illness in Animation
Claude Cloutier / 9 min / Canada / 2012

Nothing and no one can wake Princess Betty in this playful riff on fairytale conventions.

Comedy about Friendship in Live-Action
Jeremy Konner / 6 min / USA / 2012

Comedy/Music Duo rebound from a disappointing feature film with a killer short.

Comedy about Music in Live-Action
Mike Ahern, Enda Loughman / 5 min / Ireland / 2012

A man awakens in a hospital only to find his life now comes with an accompanying foley group in this Wes Anderson meets Twilight Zone short.

Romance about Perseverence in Pixilation
Juan Pablo Zaramella / 6 min / Argentina / 2012

A beautiful pixilation short imagining a world controlled by light, and a young man determined to find his own agency within it.———Currently OFFLINE.

Adventure about Life & Society in 3D Animation
David R. Christensen / 5 min / Denmark / 2012

The Animation Workshop brings us a fully-realized world with strong visual metaphors about the pressures of responsibility.

SOTW / March 29, 2012

A year ago, I released my film, The Thomas Beale Cipher, online. Since then, many have asked me ‘what’s next?’ Certainly another film seemed like the obvious next step.…

Fantasy about Other Worlds in Stop-Motion

One student’s daydream comes vividly to life during Biology class, in this Best Animation Winner from SXSW 2012

Experimental about Sexuality in Live-Action
Melanie Abramov / 8 min / USA / 2012

A titillating satire that both exposes the commodification of women and hints at a reversal of power in one of the more tantalizing yet uncomfortable films you’re likely see this year—NSFW.

Experimental about The End in Animation
Philip Bacon / 9 min / UK / 2012

A sparse, metaphorical rotoscope animation that made waves at Ottawa, Annecy, and Stuttgart.

Adventure about Growth in Animation
Kadavre Exquis / 3 min / France / 2012

Nostalgia drips from this warm and fuzzy tale that harkens back to the Saturday morning cartoons of the 70′s and 80′s.

Documentary about Family in Live-Action
Benedict Campbell / 14 min / UK / 2012

A daredevil family keeps a visceral form of entertainment alive in this beautiful black and white documentary.

Action about Love in 3D Animation

Buck can slow time to a crawl—How will he use his new power?—To impress a girl, of course. A slick 3D animation from France’s ESMA school.

Documentary about Life & Society in Live-Action
Doug Nichol / 15 min / USA / 2012

An American advertising producer in Shanghai tries to sell fast food to the Chinese. An endearing portrait of a modern day “Mad Man.”

Sci-Fi about Other Worlds in 3D Animation
Wes Ball / 8 min / USA / 2012

In the vein of Sci-Fi VFX shorts like “The Raven” and “Rosa”, Wes Ball creates a thrilling and gorgeous CG chase sequence, sure to draw the attention of Hollywood.

Music Video about Crime in Live-Action
Daniel Wolfe / 8 min / UK / 2012

French band The Shoes and promo director Daniel Wolfe appear to have come up with a surefire formula for music video success with their latest collaboration Time to Dance. So…

Action about Crime in Live-Action
Justin Lutsky / 14 min / USA / 2012

If at first you don’t deliver cocky perfection, try try again—a behind the scenes look at the making of a classic action hero in this comedy from On the Lot alum, Justin Lutsky.

Online Program / March 7, 2012

Premium cable channel, Showtime, has rolled out a new batch of visual pieces from established short-form creators, via its “SHORT Stories” program. We covered the first season here, and the…

Experimental about Human Nature in Special FX
Andrew Huang / 10 min / USA / 2012

An experimental film dealing with themes of separation and connection, Andrew Huang’s latest is a jaw droppingly gorgeous visual symphony in 3 movements.

Drama about Growth in 3D Animation
Omer Ben David / 6 min / Israel / 2012

The lonely world of a cat is told through a minimalist world constructed from 3D brushstrokes in this graduation film from the Bezalel Academy of Art & Design.

News / February 27, 2012

The 84th Academy Awards honors the top short films in animation, live-action, and documentary.

Drama about Human Nature in Live-Action
Jonathan Entwistle / 13 min / UK / 2012

Gorillas, Zebras, Lions, and Unicorns party and clash in the jungle that is teenage drama from British short veteran, Jonathan Entwistle.

Epic about Love in Live-Action
Cole Schreiber / 12 min / USA / 2012

The zombie art-house film that will have you feeling a spot of compassion for the undead.

Romance about Love in Live-Action
Josh Soskin / 11 min / USA / 2012

An ambitious mover is blindsided when he discovers that one of the pieces of furniture left behind for him is a suicidal daughter with 20 minutes left to live.