A Beautiful Short Film Aimed at Stressing You Out

A 1-minute, Norwegian short that mimics and incites the physical reactions to stress.

Clocking in at exactly one minute-long, Stress is a grainy, black and white short film intent on raising the viewer’s anxiety. Norwegian motion graphic artist Magnus Engsfors of Babusjka Motiongraphics uses instruments of time throughout the video to convey a sense of urgency, often relying on images of surveillance or spontaneous combustion. The result is a fascinating (albeit a little melodramatic) glimpse into a fretful psyche.

For more by Magnus Engsfors, visit his site.

Via Vimeo’s Staff Picks.

Alessandra Ram is a former writer and producer for The Atlantic Video Channel. Her work has also appeared in Foreign Policy.

The Horrors of Rat Hole Mining

"The river was our source of water. Now, the people won't touch it. They are repulsed by it."

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

The Horrors of Rat Hole Mining

"The river was our source of water. Now, the people won't touch it."

Video

What's Your Favorite Slang Word?

From "swag" to "on fleek," tweens choose.

Video

Cryotherapy's Dubious Appeal

James Hamblin tries a questionable medical treatment.

Video

Confessions of Moms Around the World

In Europe, mothers get maternity leave, discounted daycare, and flexible working hours.

Video

How Do Trees Know When It's Spring?

The science behind beautiful seasonal blooming

More in Video

Just In