Freak Yourself Out with Caleb Wood’s “Rat Trap”
Animator Caleb Wood’s gripping short Rat Trap is a powerful piece of work. Taking apart a short poem (“victims / descend / into holes / and reflect / and suffer”), the film presents five stages of increasingly unsettling ambiance, working horror tropes with skill and some very detailed artwork. The film manages to actually pull off the “transportation to another world” we always say we want good art to do, which is impressive for something that clocks in at less than three minutes. If you’re feeling brave enough to dive deeper into Wood’s world, check out his Vimeo, Tumblr, and Twitter accounts.