Category Archives: Short Films

“Seat 22-Trans-Siberian Odyssey”: A Cinematic Short Film Directed By Stanislas Giroux (2014)

“Seat 22-Trans-Siberian Odyssey” is a Cinematic Short Film through Russia, Mongolia and China Directed By Stanislas Giroux.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by:  Stanislas Giroux

Music Composed by:   Two Steps From Hell  (“Starfall”)

Filmmaker Stanislas Giroux
Filmmaker Stanislas Giroux

“Three minutes of video for three weeks of travel, three countries, three cultures (and three tee-shirts in my backpack !). I took a train ticket for the Trans-Siberian railway, in order to reach Beijing from Moscow, crossing Mongolia. I travelled alone with my bag, half-filled with my video gear. At that time, I didn’t knew that my ticket for that seat 22 would be the beginning of a once in a lifetime journey.”

Seat 22-Trans-Siberian Odyssey cinematic short film directed by Stanislas Giroux 2014



“Adventure Is Calling”: A Cinematic Time-Lapse Short Film Journey Across America Directed By Shane Black (2013)

“Adventure Is Calling”  is a cinematic time-lapse short film made from about 10,000 images shot on a journey across the United States.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by:  Shane Black 

Music by:  The American Dollar (“Signaling Through The Flames”)


00:00 – Badlands National Park, South Dakota
00:16 – Yosemite National Park, California
00:26 – Zion National Park, Utah
00:37 – Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
00:44 – Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
01:06 – Monument Valley National Park, Arizona
01:20 – Marysville, Ohio
01:31 – Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
01:58 – Central Florida
02:03 – Flagstaff, Arizona
02:09 – Bruneau Dunes State Park, Idaho
02:13 – Holbrook, Arizona
02:21 – Marysville, Ohio
02:25 – Monument Valley, Arizona
02:29 – Texas
02:32 – Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
02:36 – Bandon Beach, Oregon
02:39 – White Sands National Monument, New Mexico
02:43 – Big Sur, California
02:46 – Santa Barbara, California
02:53 – Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
03:26 – Bruneau Dunes State Park, Oregon
03:51 – Zion National Park, Utah
04:03 – Yosemite National Park, California
04:19 – Zion National Park, Utah
04:34 – Monument Valley National Park, Arizona
04:46 – Yosemite National Park, California

Article on the making of the short film:


“Racing Time”: A Cinematic Narrated Short Film Featuring Poet Chris Woods Directed By Adele Myers And Ra Page (2012)

Racing Time” is a cinematic narrated adaptation of the poem Racing Time by Chris Woods,  from his published collection of poems “Dangerous Driving” (2007).

Filmed and Directed by:  Adele Myers & Ra Page

Narrated by:  Josh Moran

Music by:  LZN02

Runner: Roger Ashby

Produced by:  Comma Film

Inspired by the poet’s neighbour Ron Heaton, a 70-year-old fell runner. Woods was impressed by Heaton’s resolve to run in all weathers. The story behind this poem and the words thus inspired the film makers to create a work where the audience travel with him.

“The Lake”: A Cinematic Time-Lapse Short Film In Austria Directed By Geoff Tompkinson (2013)

Cinematic time-lapse short film on Lake Hallstatt, which has been referred to as the “melancholic lake”, the “still fjord” and the “vision of a perfect mountain lake”. It is a classic relic of the Ice Age and it has a total area of 8.58 square KM lying between the steep Obertraun and Hallstatt mountains and Bad Goisern. It is the fifth largest of the Salzkammergut lakes.

Filmed, Edited and Directed by:  Geoff Tompkinson

Music Composed by:  Vincent Jacq



“The Tell-Tale Heart”: Animated Edgar Allan Poe Short Film Narrated By James Mason Directed By Ted Parmelee (1953)

The Tell-Tale Heart is a 1953 American animated short film directed by Ted Parmelee and narrated by James Mason. The screenplay by Bill Scott and Fred Grable is based on the 1843 short story by Edgar Allan Poe.

Directed by:  Ted Parmelee

Produced by:  Stephen Bosustow

Written by: Bill Scott and Fred Grable

Narrated by:  James Mason

Music by:  Boris Kremenliev

Produced at:  United Productions of America


The plot focuses on a murderer whose increasing guilt leads him to believe he can hear his victim’s heart still beating beneath the floorboards where he buried him. Seen through the eyes of the nameless narrator, the surrealistic images in the film help convey his descent into madness.

Paul Julian served as both designer and color artist for film, and Pat Matthews was the principal animator.

In May 1953, pre-production started on The Tell-Tale Heart, which originally was intended to be a 3-D film. It is not known if the film was animated in this fashion, but it was not released in 3D. There is no reference to 3D in a technical trade review.

“Only The Essential”: A Cinematic Documentary Trailer On Hiking The Pacific Crest Trail By Colin Arisman (2014)

A Cinematic Short Film Trailer of Casey Gannon and Colin Arisman’s 5-month, 2668 mile journey in 2013 on foot from Mexico to Canada across the wilderness of California, Oregon, and Washington along the Pacific Crest Trail.

Filmed and Directed by:  Colin Arisman 

Produced by:  Casey Gannon and Colin Arisman

Music by:  Seba Lay

“The film is a non-commercial project and has been a labor of love for us.  We are honored that Only The Essential has received the support of the Pacific Crest Trail Association.”

Supported By: The Pacific Crest Trail Association and Kickstarter Backers.


“The Wasteland”: T.S. Eliot Poem Short Film Read By Jeremy Irons Directed By David Joseph (2014)

A Cinematic Poem Short Film from David  “Joseph” McCannon, an international filmmaker and photographer, originally from Atlanta, Ga. Jeremy Irons narrates an excerpt from “The Wasteland” written by poet T.S. Eliot.

Filmed and Edited by:  David Joseph

Narrated by: Jeremy Irons

Music By: Mogwai & God Speed You Black Emperor

Filmed on Location @ Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, GA.

Thank You: David Rams


Filmed mostly in 4K on the Canon 1DC, finished in Anamorphic widescreen, 2.4:1.

“Cuba And The Night”: Cinematic Poem Short Film Featuring Poet José Martí Produced By Carolyn McCulley (2011)

This documentary short film showcases the modern Cuba that few Americans have seen. It is set to excerpts from the poem, “Two Homelands,” by the famous Cuban poet José Martí.  It was filmed in Havana and Matanzas, Cuba, in August 2011.

Produced by:  Carolyn McCulley

Photography by:  Michael Hartnett, Drew Painter, Suzanne Taylor
Location sound recorded by:  Lucien Dowdell
Edited by:  Suzanne Taylor
Original Music by:  Roger Hooper
Additional tracks by:  Paul Avgerinos

Narration by:  Mauricio Velarde



“The Questions We Ask”: Cinematic Short Film Documentary Of Standup Paddleboarder Bruce Kirkby By Kalum Ko (2013)

In the spring of 2013, Canadian adventurer Bruce Kirkby crossed the Georgia Straight from Vancouver to Victoria on an inflatable standup paddleboard. In this award-winning short film, he contemplates the true meaning of adventure.

Filmed, Edited and Directed By:   Kalum Ko

Support Kayak: Dave Quinn
Producer: Jeff Pew
Music: Divenire, Ludovico Einaudi

Narrated By:  Bruce Kirkby

World Tour – 2013 Banff Mountain Film Festival
Winner- “Most Inspirational” – 2013 Waterwalker Film Festival
Runner Up – 2014 Fernie Mountain Film Festival
Finalist – 2013 Banff Mountain Film Festival
Finalist – 2013 Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
Finalist – 2013 Waimea Ocean Film Festival
Finalist – 2013 Virginia Beach Surf Film Festival
Finalist – 2013 Reel Shorts Film Festival
Finalist – 2014 Salish Sea Film Festival
Finalist – 2014 Vancouver Festival of Ocean Films
Finalist – 2014 Dirtbag Film Festival
Finalist – 2014 New Zealand Mountain Film Festival

“Natural Phenomena”: Cinematic Time-Lapse Short Film Directed By Reid Gower (2012)

Time-Lapse Short Film inspired by the makers of All I. Can, Baraka, TimeScapes

Filmed, Edited And Directed By:  Reid Gower

Music By:  Data  (“Blood Theme”)

Humans are part of the natural order. We’re risen apes that acquired language and learned to use tools. Skyscrapers and spacecraft may seem unnatural, but they’re just as much a part of the natural order as beaver dams and bird nests. Boring electrical lines hint at the energy solution of a mammalian species. Open your eyes to the world you’ve grown accustomed to, and rejoice in the fact that you can participate in the human project.