Watch: John Wikstrom's Heartbreaking Short Film 'But You Didn't'

November 29, 2018
Source: YouTube

But You Didn't Short Film

"There were lots of things you didn't do, but you put up with me, and you loved me, and protected me…" This is guaranteed to make you cry. And it's only two minutes long. Initially released on Veteran's Day, But You Didn't is a new short film made by filmmaker John Wikstrom, who has made a few other fantastic shorts that we've featured previously: The Hatchling and Chloe. This one is an emotional tribute to veterans and soldiers (and their loved ones) and all those who fight for their country in the military. But You Didn't stars Kelsey Flynn & Jacob Taylor, with Roosevelt Stone & Isabella Barbarasa; and a voiceover by Maya Tuttle. Another example of how visual storytelling can achieve so much in just two minutes of time.

Thanks to John for the tip. Original description from YouTube: "Based on the anonymous poem of the same name, often attributed to Merrill Glass. It's said that the author was widowed and died of old age. When her daughter was organizing her remains, she discovered this poem her mother had written to her father back then, titled 'But You Didn't'." But You Didn't is directed by up-and-coming filmmaker John Wikstrom, who also edited the short. We've previously featured Wikstrom's short films The Hatchling and Chloe - you can follow him @WikStorm for more updates. The short features cinematography by Idan Menin, and music by Thomas Goralski. For more info on the short, visit its YouTube. To see more shorts, click here. Thoughts?

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You're welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Alex Billington on Nov 29, 2018


Great title! Very good shortie.

DAVIDPD on Nov 29, 2018


I think you make fine points on that subject, but ultimately this film wasn't really about him going off to war. They could just have easily had him get in a car crash or something. It's just a well shot, beautiful little piece about love lasting even after death regardless of how he died. I think him leaving like that was just a clever way of getting an emotional punch without actually showing him die. We all understood what happened through the editing.

David Diaz on Nov 30, 2018


Yeah, I totally understand where you're coming from. A film like that will definitely affect everyone a different way. And since you have first hand experience of war, you viewed it from a perspective that many viewers can't relate to. I think any way they portrayed his death, whether it be war, an accident, cancer, or something else, would have hit home to the viewers who had experienced similar things in their lives.

David Diaz on Nov 30, 2018


Wonderful! This little movie was like a beautiful song or poem...

kitano0 on Nov 30, 2018


"How did it come to pass?" Really? The rich sending the poor to die over rich problems is as old as any semblance of civilization. As long as there have been rich people they've forced the poor to fight for them. It's older than history. So to question it now--especially if you're a veteran--is insane. What matters is stopping it.

DanielShaw on Dec 1, 2018

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