“4TH HOUSE” is a multimedia, animated short following a lonely soul who is trapped by its earthly constraints and desires to escape home—a hellish labyrinth. With the use of clinical geometry, continuous loops, and the work of artist Norman Rockwell, the film creates a confined space that represents both the mundanity and isolation of existing as a queer body in New England during the turn of the millennium.

  • Cameron Stetz
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    psychological thriller, experimental, animation
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 30, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Moondance International Film Festival
    Boulder, CO
    United States
  • Boston Underground Film Festival
    United States
    March 25, 2018
  • Boston Short Film Festival
    United States
    July 12, 2017
  • Dum-D Student Animation Festival
    Bronx, New York
    United States
    November 17, 2017
Director Biography - Cameron Stetz

Cameron Stetz is a queer director, animator, and visual artist born and raised on the New Hampshire seacoast. A fascination with fashion, the human figure, and animated films featuring strong women spawned a desire to have a hand in media depicting voices otherwise not heard from in mainstream culture. A recent graduate of Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Cameron experiments with various media and creative art forms in order to bring his message to the forefront of his work.

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Director Statement

"Design must seduce, shape, and perhaps more importantly, evoke an emotional response." April Greiman's view on visual arts is comparable to my own process of art-making. The work I produce is a direct translation of my experiences in the society I live in. Providing lenses through which my audience can view, my biggest priority is to evoke a feeling—whether that is discomfort, pleasure, or sadness—as it pertains directly to my own experiences/viewpoint. Tools I frequently use are hyperbole, metaphor, and system supportive messages; my medium of choice tends to emerge after determining the precise message I want delivered to my audience. Through it, I strive to offer a glimpse of queer identity to those not familiar with the culture.