Short Film: ‘Memoirs of a Scanner’ Prints Out Joyously Experimental Office Humor

Memoirs of a Scanner

Why Watch? If the spectrum of office humor ranges from Office Space to The Lonely Island’s “Like a Boss,” this experimental short falls right in the middle. There’s sex, violence, revenge and someone’s lunch all captured in under a minute by a flatbed scanner. A complete story told from one static viewpoint.

With a kinetic song in the backdrop, it flies from one image to the next, setting up and knocking down punchlines with ease (and a little bit of blood). What’s really fantastic here, though, is how far they’ve taken what could have been a limiting concept. The result is something genuinely delightful because of its surprises. Plus, that sandwich looks really good.

 What Will It Cost? Just about 3 minutes.

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A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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