Welcome to a special edition of the bi-weekly Eat My Shorts column, shorter than usual and themed to April Fools' Day. I thought it appropriate to write on short films today because for a long time, to me, the format was synonymous with twist endings. I used to think most shorts were basically just simple gags or practical jokes adapted to the screen.
That's the way it seemed when I was in film school, anyway, with everyone's first-ever assignment to make a five-minute silent work, which tended to involve a humorous setup followed by a visual punchline. Basically something as slapstick-simple as the Lumiere's pioneering 'L'arroseur arrosé' (aka 'The Sprinkler Sprinkled'), which you can watch after the jump.