Watch the short film Shane Acker’s 9 is based on

by: Kate Erbland
August 26th, 2009


In 2004, UCLA student Shane Acker wrote, directed, and animated a short film for his senior thesis. That short, called 9, premiered at Sundance in 2005, and subsequently won the Gold Medal at the Student Academy Awards and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2006. It also caught the attention of Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov, who signed on to produce a full-length 9. In less than two weeks, the feature version of 9 will hit movie screens everywhere.

Acker's eleven minute student film serves as a good introduction to the style, look, and feel you can expect from the feature length 9. Even as a short, it's highly impressive. You'll also get to meet some of 9's characters (like 9 and 5), get some hints as to what's going to happen in the feature, see a villain or two, and get a taste of some of the ingenuity that runs through the new film.

Hit the jump to see the short in its entirety. Are you excited for 9?


9 hits theaters on September 9.

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