Coffee Break | Watch Christopher Nolan’s First Short Film “Doodlebug”

Everyone needs a coffee break. For some, that means actually drinking something laden with caffeine to push you through to the end of the day. For others, that break has little to do with java, and much more to do with a nice distraction from whatever is on your plate that particular day.

Whether it be an escape from schoolwork, presentations, numbers that need crunching, or an actual passion project, that small respite can pay actual dividends. According to the Scientific American, “Downtime replenishes the brain’s stores of attention and motivation, encourages productivity and creativity, and is essential to both achieve our highest levels of performance and simply form stable memories in everyday life.”

Our new recurring segment, Coffee Break, aims to give you just that. Small — albeit worthwhile slices of video content from the web — that should give you exactly what you need when you need to focus on something other than the task at hand.

For the inaugural Coffee Break, we explore director Christopher Nolan’s first short film, “Doodlebug”, which found him dabbling in the black-and-white medium that would become hallmark attributes of two of his earliest works, Following and Memento.

Shot in 1997, the nearly three-minute short focuses on a man attempting to squash a bug in his apartment — evoking thoughts of the divisive “Fly” episode of Breaking Bad — and was produced by his future wife and producing partner Emma Thomas, who’s worked with Nolan on each of his subsequent films.

For more Christopher Nolan, be sure to check out the trailer for his latest film, Dunkirk, which hits theaters July 21.