Watch: Dan Trachtenberg's Stellar Short 'More Than You Can Chew'

March 9, 2011
Source: SlashFilm

More Than You Can Chew Short Film

I know what you're thinking and I can't wait until you find out what it really is. Some of you may already be familiar with Dan Trachtenberg, or @DannyTRS on Twitter, the most hardcore film nerd co-host of The Totally Rad Show, but in addition to that sweet gig, Dan is also a filmmaker on-the-rise and has directed numerous commercials. He just shot a short film called More Than You Can Chew that recently debuted online (via SlashFilm) as part of Black Box TV, a weekly Twilight Zone-like series on YouTube. It's a pretty awesome little flick and you can luckily catch the entire thing uncut embedded below. Check out this short!

How was that? Wouldn't you love to see more in that world? More Than You Can Chew is directed by Dan Trachtenberg and written by Mark D. Walker. The story follows two paramedics who get "more than they can chew" when responding to a 911 house call. This was wonderfully well made for a short film and I hope they're considering making it into a feature, I'd love to see more. If you enjoyed this short as much as I did, you can find extra video about it, including a YouTube commentary, a behind-the-scenes video, and even a VFX breakdown of "that" scene. We'll keep you updated on this, but also follow @DannyTRS for the latest.

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alex - that was AWESOME! even if they don't make a movie - someone ought to give the guy that made it a chance to do a weekly tv show in the vein of "twilight zone" or "night gallery". and am i the only one having trouble logging in to disqus? it's bringing up a separate box to log in on now and when info is input - nothing happens....it just goes back to the original sign - in box. i tried signing in with my yahoo and facebook accounts and the same circle of boxes comes and goes and signing in does not work.

Anonymous on Mar 9, 2011


Glad you liked it dude! So well made, happy to share it with you guys. Hmmm that's weird about Disqus, something might've been wacky last night with their system or this site, not sure. Is it working now or still having the same troubles?

Alex Billington on Mar 9, 2011


i'm signing in on "guest" - but it's bringing up my picture and my comments are linking with all my accounts......so, i'd say it's a glitch in the sign-in process. i figure it'll get sorted out. i can still post through guest so everythings good. thanks for the folow-up!

Anonymous on Mar 9, 2011


Alex do you know this guy? Just curious why you picked this short over others circulating right now?

Dominic on Mar 9, 2011


this is just my opinion; but, i'd say he picked it because it's very good! the tension it conveys in a short amount of time is amazing. and the effect near the end is very well done for something like this.

Anonymous on Mar 9, 2011


Yea I do know Dan, but I thought it was a good short anyway. On the other hand, what others are you talking about? I don't constantly follow/watch shorts so I don't always have a bunch to choose from - I just run posts about cool shorts or trailers whenever they're out, like this one just came out, but deserved to be written about anyway. If you have any other you suggest I check out, send them over!

Alex Billington on Mar 9, 2011


I think he's talking about the other "blackbox" shorts. This was the first one i saw.

Anonymous on Mar 9, 2011


Great job! I especially love to see people of color starring in more sci fi. Great short. One day you will be posting one of mine : )

Anonymous on Mar 9, 2011


Haha, you're right - I did think it was the "other" kind of movie.... nicely made and well put together.

Ben on Mar 9, 2011


YES!, that was simply amazing, this guy(s) definitely have a future, this short should spawn something and to be honest i wouldnt like to see a movie, im in favor of a mini series or a full tv show... on showtime of course. Love the ending twist, highly original and creative .

Damian Gilliam on Mar 9, 2011


This was awesome? Seriously guys?! It was so predictable, imo. And I'm not saying this to be a duchebag. It was nicely done, it was ok, the actors were good, but nothing really special that makes stand out. I don't know, maybe I'm used to this kind of twists, didn't blow my mind not for a bit, but ok.

Anonymous on Mar 9, 2011


And I'm also having the "Disqus" problem beevis talked about

Anonymous on Mar 9, 2011


No Ricardo, I wasn't refering to the other shorts in the set 😉 I like you just find it a bit strange how some people push certain shorts and alas with no offence intended, I had a feeling Alex knew this guy. I didn't think much of this - there was a lot of time wasting and poor dialogue. Some recent shorts I think are worth talking about - all of which were made by fellow visual effects artists: Nick Ryan - A Lonely Sky Very high production value! His shorts do cost in excess of 70k. http://www.alonelysky.com/ Oliver Smyth - The Uncertainty Principle I've heard this guy has already been scouted by Film Four. http://shootingpeople.org/watch/film.php?film_id=95574 Grzegorz Jonkajtys - The Third Letter One of my current favourites - great intense story told well in a short time. Perfect execution of a short film. Some ropey acting. http://vimeo.com/11339453 I'll dig up some more 😉

Dominic on Mar 9, 2011


Thanks, I'll definitely check out those shorts you linked. And as always, I'll continue to post a good variety of shorts or other trailers out there I find interesting/worthy enough to be featured. 🙂

Alex Billington on Mar 10, 2011


Man, that was really great, loved the misdirection.

DwainIBe on Mar 10, 2011


Didn't see that coming. Its that theatricality that made Twilight Zone so great. I'd like to see more.

Lamar on Mar 10, 2011


Is that the house from Six Feet Under?

Rodion on Jun 8, 2011


i guessed zombies at first but i enjoyed the twist. good job (not the best acting though)

filmineeer on Feb 14, 2012

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