Heroic

A superhero faces a difficult decision about how best to use his powers.

  • Gabe Schmidt
    Director
  • Gabe Schmidt
    Writer
  • Carter Jackson
    Composer
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Student
  • Runtime:
    1 minute 54 seconds
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes
Director - Gabe Schmidt
Director Statement

I’d say I’ve consumed my fair share of superhero stories, but that would be an understatement. It’s one of the most popular genres in media right now, even if genre feels too restricting a term. As many superhero stories as there are, I find there’s one thing that separates the good stories from the bad ones. This one moment is what I chose to build this film around. The superhero origin has been overdone at this point, so I wanted to distill the genre conventions down to the core elements. Heroic is centered around choice. Choice is what defines heroes, and every effective superhero origin focuses on a choice. Spider-Man chooses to accept a responsibility for everything within his power, and Batman chooses to never let crime destroy anyone else’s life. How they became super is irrelevant, but their choices make them heroes. I chose not to give any explanation for how my unnamed hero got his power, not because the short runtime didn’t allow it, but because it didn’t matter. The choice between kindness and violence is what defines my hero, and making that choice is his superhero origin. This film was my experiment to distill the superhero origin to just two minutes and use exclusively visual storytelling.