Compulsion

In this dark and thrilling animation, a man in an infinite space of purity discovers a slight imperfection in the wall. If he leaves it alone it goes away, but his obsession grows...

  • Connor McFarlane
    Director
    SWERV, The Homelink Documentary, Alien Hunters, Song of Solitude, SWERV The Movie, SWERV The Series
  • Connor McFarlane
    Writer
    SWERV, The Homelink Documentary, Alien Hunters, Song of Solitude, SWERV The Movie, SWERV The Series
  • Connor McFarlane
    Producer
    SWERV, The Homelink Documentary, Alien Hunters, Song of Solitude, SWERV The Movie, SWERV The Series
  • Connor McFarlane
    Key Cast
    "Man"
    SWERV The Movie, The Homelink Documentary
  • Luke Shaffer
    Concept
    Swerv The Movie, The Homelink Documentary
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Thriller, Tragedy, Arthouse
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 4 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 26, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Connors CARD
  • All American High School Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Twin Peaks Film Festival
    Rexburg
    United States
    March 26, 2022
    Best Director Nomination
  • Central Film Festival
    Springfield, Missouri
    United States
    April 1, 2022
    Finalist
  • NATAS Student Production Awards
    Northwest Chapter
    United States
    Best Short Form Fiction Nominee
Director Biography - Connor McFarlane

I am a young filmmaker, and I've been making films since I could hold a camera. I started filmmaking through LEGO Stop Motion and was one of the trailblazers in the stop motion community on YouTube during the early 2010s, with over 800,000 views on my videos and a large following. I got to learn a lot about the art of animation and film. Throughout my life me and my friends have also worked on; two web series, many short films (Four of which are official selections in the 2021 All American High School Film Festival,) short and feature length documentaries, and two feature films (one of which, SWERV The Movie, had eight theatrical showings.) I'm also a musician and write most of the music for my films, as well as an artist. I hope one day to write and direct professional films, and my hard work and determination is helping me get there, one small film at a time.

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Director Statement

I'm an independent filmmaker, and I enjoy making films that are artistic, yet still entertain an audience. I think there's an important balance between entertaining, and exploring deeper themes, and I hope to find that perfect balance some day.