On a regular school day, a college boy meets his existential crisis. He feels he is living under too much oppression, like a pawn in a chess game. He decides to break out of the cage, fight against the oppressors and pursue real freedom.


  • Bin He: Director The Great H
  • Bin He: Writer
  • Jessica Bouyer: Producer
  • Caleb Windstrup: Key Cast, “Moot”
  • Cleveland Willis: Key Cast, “The Knight”


  • Project Type: Short, Student
  • Genres: Dark Comedy
  • Runtime: 11 minutes 3 seconds
  • Completion Date: July 28, 2020
  • Production Budget: 3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Country of Filming: United States
  • Language: English
  • Shooting Format: Digital, 35mm, Red
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.2:1
  • Film Color: Color
  • Student Project

Director Statement

Moot is inspired by my interest in playing chess. Once when I watched two of my friends playing the chess, I thought what would happen if one of the pieces on the chessboard had freewill and decided not to obey the rules. As I dug deep into this idea, I found the story coming out from this idea would become an interesting “comedic tragedy”.

–Bin He, director, “Moot”