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Hello ladies and gentlemen, Muldoon here coming off the high of SXSW. Seriously, Austin is awesome and running from screening to screening across town has practically blown out the tires of my sleep schedule, but here we are in line for some kickass shorts. This week we have all sorts of interesting films to choose from and even have a premiere (A SPHERE IN BOXLAND). So on that note, relax, grab some popcorn, and enjoy some shorts made by fellow Ain’t It Cool readers!


"A Sphere In Boxland" is a story for anyone who has ever felt like they don't belong. In a place called Boxland, a lone Sphere struggles with being different than everyone around him. Lonely, sad, and the target of constant harassment, he sets out one day after losing his job, in search of a place where he fits in."



"Chubby Tom nods along to music in his dark room. We barely see the flash of the blade as it swings down towards his hand.  Carrie's indifferent to birthdays now -­‐ that excitement gets less and less every year. But wait! An exquisite little box containing a macabre gift, and a scribbled note... "

Fingers - Short film (2011) from Andrew Sommerville on Vimeo.



"A has-been radio personality spends the later years of his career hosting a midnight radio horror show. Callers tune in and relate their personal brushes with the supernatural. However one night he is faced with what might be his first actual contact with the beyond, and is forced to question just how much responsibility his job actually demands. All of this while a life hangs in the balance."

La Hora de la Muerte from El Vigilante on Vimeo.



"Michael, a down on his luck, love-less bag boy, learns that world-famous, concert violinist, Nicholas Rentz is going to be performing for a few nights in his home town. Bearing a resemblance to the musician (a well-known bachelor with female fans around the globe), Michael hatches an elaborate plan to impersonate him with the hope that he can trick a woman or two into thinking he's the genuine article, and get lucky. But when he meets a classy young woman at a ritzy nightclub and is poised to seal the deal, things take an unexpected turn."



"A tale of sacrifice, friendship, and magic involving an old New England witch and her trusty helper; a little blue Imp."

Witch October by Jason Bakutis from Jason Bakutis on Vimeo.



"It's a strange paranoid tale of obsession and hot tea.Boxhead obsesses over an unseen and possibly non existent enemy."


And there we are folks, the last short for the evening. It’s time to turn the house lights back on and empty out, so we can get ready for our next screening. Remember, if you have a short and think it belongs here or are on the fence about whether to send it in – I’d love to check it out.

Shoot me an email at ""

In the subject line include:

“SHORTS” + “Your film’s name” + “The film’s genre”

Then, in the body of the email, please include a synopsis of the film and any contact information you might think I need or would want published.

Please don’t feel the need to submit multiple times.  I swear to each of you I truly check every email I get, and sending the same short a few times just makes it a bit messier.

Remember, the filmmakers might still be in the audience, so feel free to share your thoughts in Talkbacks. I’m sure the filmmaker’s would be interested in hearing what you have to say! I’ve already given my two cents, how about yours?

What's that? You want to keep this SHORTS party going? Sure thing, here's a few links to past columns:









- Mike McCutchen



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  • March 17, 2012, 7:31 p.m. CST


    by chesco

  • March 17, 2012, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Which October

    by Mockingbuddha

    was pretty good. Kept me guessing.

  • March 17, 2012, 8:57 p.m. CST

    thank you Muldoon!

    by Tigger Tales

  • March 17, 2012, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Sphere in Boxland

    by TheMachinist

    Was the most adorable thing...

  • March 17, 2012, 9:36 p.m. CST


    by Tigger Tales

    the amount of detail is just amazing. I enjoyed the short, although the switch from adversity to resolution was just a bit too abrupt and "easy" for me. love the tune when Sphere is leaving Boxland.

  • March 17, 2012, 9:47 p.m. CST


    by Tigger Tales

    (starring a young Peter Jackson) for the hopeless romantic in all of us... whose efforts will never win us any favor in the eyes of the one we adore

  • March 18, 2012, 2:25 p.m. CST

    The blonde in THE VIOLINIST

    by Get_Me_An_18-Man_Fire_Team_In_12_Hours

    Just gave me an explosion in my shorts.

  • March 19, 2012, 4:16 a.m. CST


    by justmyluck

    A SPHERE IN BOXLAND Cute. Laid back. Nice song. Boy meets sphere, etc. FINGERS Start with the gift opening and family argument - don't show the finger - just the odd behavior around it. Then drop-in the workplace convo, and intercut those scenes until you reveal that it was a finger in the box (not something lewd). The babe sits to ponder at her desk, and then reveal that a finger-less dude sits right across from his obsession. Holds interest and makes more of a final statement, no? LA HORA DE LA MUERTE Liked this *Twilight-Zone* concept. As with above, needed more back-and-forth between the radio host and the caller going through purgatory to maintain the semi-comedic ambience. The phone ringing off the hook at the end seemed to indicate the radio station had *crossed over* and was hit with the dead all phoning up for advice. This could have been tightened by editing together various decaying hands picking up phones, or something to that effect. I would have put the makeup budget towards that instead of the screeching creature, anyway. Definitely creepy in points and well made, overall. (P.S. the post-credits dialog didn't get subtitled.) THE VIOLINIST First time I've seen a main title superimposed onto a freeze-frame of a cabbage. Showing your lead spanking, watching TV, etc. isn't going to build much sympathy towards his lowly station. Nice dolly/crane use and lighting, and those time-spanning jump cuts of the couch. Just felt uneven, sort of gross, and the chance happening at the end was too contrived to be humorous. Otherwise commendable as a larger production, professional-looking and well put together. WITCH OCTOBER School project. THE THING IN THE DISTANCE Liked the minimal and flat look. The vocal sessions for this must have been something. Oddball, but not enough to be appealingly so. This week = so, so. Since this is an animation-ish week, here is a recent CG short from Wes Ball, called RUIN (2012). Also one-note (basically a chase sequence), its extremely well rendered with some top-notch virtual camerawork:

  • March 19, 2012, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Hey there Justmyluck

    by Elliot Cowan

    Hey there Justmyluck. I'm always happy to take a backhanded compliment so thanks for taking the time to at least watch. The Thing In The Distance and the others in the Boxhead and Roundhead series have been successful enough that we're currently in production of a feature length B&R film. It's little chunks of love like this from AICN that help these projects thrive. Cheer.


  • March 19, 2012, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Thanks again

    by Elliot Cowan

    Cheers, Justmyluck. They don't pay me to do anything else (other than teach) so 2D is all you get.

  • March 22, 2012, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Check out the trailer for my short movie!

    by Sanyi

    I know it's not that good, and nothing special really, but still...Watch it and make your comments about it! :) (the movie itself is not completed btw)