The House 2022

Nexus Studios: Beyond The House (2022)

You’ve seen The House (2022), the creepy Netflix movie, by Nexus Studios, made of 3 short vignettes. But what do you know about Nexus Studios animation?

Well, for one thing, they have an impressive history making short films.


We all know it.

Short films and are more artistic. Vignettes have that raw “film school” vibe that young aspiring artists have always made so well, even when veterans create them.

It’s the same with reading short stories. With short stories, there’s a stronger sense of purpose than you get with a novel.

With a short story, you only have so many words until the ending — 10k max. So every scene, every character, every word has to count.

I’m no movie director, but the situation must be similar. You don’t have a whole feature length movie to develop characters and plot and all conflict. So you end up economizing. You need to concentrate the juice.

All this is to say, you get that feeling from the writers of The House. It feels real. It feels like art.

Nexus Studios: Beyond The House (2022)

The animation studio behind “The House,” Nexus is known for making short films, including”A Future Begins” and “To Build a Fire” (which you can watch below).

Nexus Studios uses lots of different animation styles, but in The House (2022), Nexus uses a stop motion animation style. What’s really nice about this is that it gives The House an old timey,1980s horror vibe.

Here’s Nexus Studios’ “To Build a Fire”(and if you like that, I’m going to take you down a little rabbit hole afterword):

Day had broken cold and grey, exceedingly cold and grey, when the man turned aside from the main Yukon trail and climbed the high earth-bank, where a dim and little-travelled trail led eastward through the fat spruce timberland. 

Jack London, To Build a Fire

That’s the opening line to Jack London’s short story, “To Build a Fire.” I love Nexus Studios’ interpretation! Below is the audiobook version. Like I said, short stories have a sense of artistry to them:

Fun Fact: Nexus Studios isn’t the only producer to remake a Jack London film for a Netflix short film anthology: check out Tom Waits in The Coen Brothers’ All Gold Canyon in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (also on Netflix). It’s the fourth vignette in the Ballad anthology (Official Trailer below):

The book (or in this case, audiobook) by Jack London starts similarly:

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