Riffing on Newton’s first law of motion, An Object At Rest is a charmer. Rather than following the trope of a static figure desperate for freedom, this short heads the opposite way.

Through an anthropomorphic mountain, the director tells a fascinating narrative that covers millions of years. From the first beautiful watercolour scene, it’s clear that Seth Boyden has created something quite wonderful.

The short thrives thanks to Boyden’s assured, confident storytelling of the highest calibre. In just his first short, the director has produced a joyous look at human civilisation that has all the signs of being a classic.

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DIRECTOR: Seth Boyden

WRITTEN BY: Seth Boyden

SYNOPSIS: An Object at Rest follows the life of a stone as it travels over the course of millennia, facing nature’s greatest obstacle: human civilisation.