Brent Bonacorseā€™s The Narrow World is a short that looks great, has a lot of ideas, and manages to skip having a giant pitched battle as the climax.

The basic premise is that a massive creatureā€”which looks to be part robot, part bugā€”just appears one day in Los Angeles. The film includes documentary-style talking heads. A researcher for the Department of Homeland Security who is obsessed with finding a reason for its presence, as long as itā€™s not an attack. A member of the military convinced itā€™s bringing trouble. And a psychologist talking about it in neutral terms and human response.

Iā€™m not a huge fan of the ā€œtwistā€ that connects two characters at the end. But otherwise, I did like this approach. It works for a short. I wonder how well it could be translated to something longer.