Watch: John Wikstrom's Charming Dino Egg Short Film 'The Hatchling'
by Alex Billington
December 17, 2014
"I don't think it was a toy… it was something else, something special." After posting the short for The Grey Matter, I was emailed by a reader named JJ who recommended I watch another short that he "loved" called The Hatchling about a boy and his dinosaur egg. Indeed it's a fantastic short that has a touch of Spielberg by way of Jurassic Park. Instead of going dark or violent and down the horror path with this one, the short plays on the magic of childhood and our imaginations, and the possibility of anything. It's a charming short that ends in a way that should make you smile, while lighting up your own imagination. View in full below.
Here's the only synopsis I could find: Breaking an egg is one thing, but breaking a heart is another. The Hatchling is a short film written and directed by John Wikstrom, produced by Michael Bennett Smith, cinematography by Zachary Johnson, starring Zach Pullman and Riley Moran. This short is a Florida State University College of Motion Pictures Arts Production, made in 2012. It won the Student Emmy in 2013. For more from this filmmaker, check John Wikstrom's Vimeo page here or follow him on Twitter @wikstorm. As always, we post new short films every week - watch the latest here. What did you think of this short?