SSF: “Eyrie”


Love the visual style here. Love the reveal, as well. And really, really love the length. Packs quite a wallop into a deceptively small, 4-minute package. A young shepherd boy in the American West must learn to defend his dwindling flock from a ravenous eagle. The short’s creator, David Wolter, has a couple of blog posts [Read More...]

SSF: “Le Gouffre”


Two travelers undertake the construction of a gigantic bridge in order to cross a gulf blocking their way, inspiring with their courage and determination a rural community living nearby. I’m a sucker for these “painterly” CGI types of films because they’re such an encouraging bridge — Heh! — between the hand-drawn work I love so [Read More...]

SSF: “White Whale,” Featuring Orson Welles


I stumbled across a fascinating clip of the incomparable Orson Welles reading from Melville’s “Moby Dick” a few days back, and was reminded that it is (sometimes) good that the InterWebs exist. Welles at his mesmerizing best, really, and a great reminder that a striking backdrop and hi-tech audio work and images are all well-and-good. But not necessary. …at least [Read More...]

SSF: “Twenty Eight Feet”


My life’s complicated. And I love it. Sure, there are times when it threatens to overwhelm. Every day — sometimes, it feels like “every second of every day” — I find myself surrounded by a sea of dependent little humans. A sea that occasionally feels just as likely to wash me away as it is to sustain me. A sea [Read More...]

SSF: “Helium Harvey”


I might be posting today’s Summa Short Film (SSF) almost entirely because I know that Cormac (Son #6) will think it’s hilarious. Might be, I said. Might not be, though. So don’t judge me. Also, I realize this description’s a trifle literal, but stick with it. You won’t be sorry. Helium Harvey is a curious boy [Read More...]

SSF: “My Mum is an Airplane”

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Well, isn’t this just as charming as all get-out?  A young boy imagines his mother to be an airplane who travels to exotic lands. Attribution(s): All artwork, publicity images, and stills are the property of Yulia Aronova, who made this work available via a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) license. [Read more...]

SSF: “Submarine Sandwich”


A couple of years ago, PES (aka Adam Pesapane) created the shorted Oscar-nominated animated short of all time: “Fresh Guacamole,” clocking in at a svelte (yet amusing and highly-imaginative 1:41.) It didn’t win — that honor went to the wonderful “Paperman” – but it did call attention to its creator’s undeniable talent. So if you haven’t [Read More...]

SSF: “Silent”


Today’s short is a thinly-veiled marketing piece for Dolby. …hang on. Let’s start over… Today’s short film is a flat-out, straight-up ad for Dolby Atmos. Heck, it even includes Dolby in the title: “Dolby Presents: Silent, a Short Film.” And I don’t even care. Because it’s gorgeous. And includes so many wonderful cinematic references, it made my film-snobby hairs stand [Read More...]

SSF: “Lightheaded”


I realize that calling Mike Dacko’s Lightheaded an Advent-themed short film might be a bit of a stretch. But when I returned to it this past weekend (having seen it when it was first released a number of years ago), I found myself thinking surprisingly Adventian thoughts. And not because it involves candles — OK, not just because [Read More...]

SSF: “Steadfast Stanley”


For those among us who have always wondered what will happen to all the cute Corgis when the Apocalypse comes along, here’s John Cody Kim’s “Steadfast Stanley” with the answer to our burning question: Stanley the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is left behind in the outbreak of an apocalypse. All he wants to do is get back to [Read More...]