You can now watch Luke Randall's award-winning short film, Reach

Okay, it's time for you to take a quick four-minute break. This little animated gem was put together by student filmmaker Luke Randall back in 2009 — and it quickly won him over 20 different awards.


For such a tiny and simple film, it packs a lot. The little robot can be seen as a modern version of Icarus, a character driven to the edge by its own hubris. Or, the tiny robot's plight can be seen as a representation of the human condition, one filled with constant yearning — and frustrating constraints. The short also speaks to the limitations of technology.

Or I could simply shut up, and just let you watch it for yourself.


Bart McEndree

Was the little robot unaware of its limited mortality? Or did it know but considered freedom more important than life?