Worth Watching: 'Paraphernalia' - Intriguing Boy & Robot Short Film

December 18, 2012
Source: Vimeo

Paraphernalia Short Film

Because life isn't simple. Another intriguing, well-made sci-fi short film to feature today, this one I like quite a bit. It's called Paraphernalia and is a 12-minute short about a boy and his robot, but there's a bit more to it than that. I won't give away the final reveal but it's worth it after spending so much time with these two characters. There's an awesome "Kill All Robots" throwback video game segment halfway through, but overall this is just an outstanding short to enjoy. No wonder it won Best Drama at the LA Shorts Fest. It was directed by John Williams - no relation to the composer. Watch it below. "You don't even have guns!"

When young Atari Withers gets annoyed with the little robot that follows him everywhere, he tries to leave it, sell it and smash it up… But this robot is more than just a toy. The short, titled Paraphernalia (found in full on Vimeo via GeekTyrant), was directed by up-and-coming filmmaker John Williams, who is not the composer. John has 12 years experience directing live action, animation and visual effects. His graduation film 'Robots' won over 10 international awards and as a result he started working at Passion Pictures on pioneering music videos for the likes of Coldplay and Radiohead, both winning MTV Awards. This short was actually uploaded over a year ago, but we just saw it now and felt that it was worth sharing anyway. Enjoy!

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There's a bit of a tonal issue with this short I think, but all in all this is actually a very interesting and original story and I quite enjoyed it. Wish it had been shot differently, but that's just the cinematographer side of me talking.

marty on Dec 18, 2012


Blinky™... Just saying.

joshy p on Dec 18, 2012

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