Texas Shepherd Max and The Universe

  • Tauira / Student
    Texas Shepherd
  • Kaiako / Lecturer
    Hossein Najafi
Judge's comments:

A highly entertaining and polished production that excels in its character performances.


‘Max and The Universe’ is a 3D animated CGI short film that explores a character ‘Max’ through a hybrid sci-fi comedy approach to genre. This genre-bending film features existential questions Max faces, but chooses to ignore. The film is set in the deepest part of space, the emptiest segment of our dimension. A random robot arm flies through the emptiness of the void, towards what seems to be a dormant robot. The arm is thrown accidentally against his power button, bringing Max to life. A fourth-dimensional being arrives claiming to be ‘The Universe’ but every attempt at making Max pay attention fails. Questions fall flat, conversations are interrupted, and arguments are started. The Universe attempts to explain the nature of existence, but Max has the attention-span of a goldfish.