Crush screen cap

We take it for granted that crash test dummies – save the ones we saw in the short-lived 1990s cartoon series or the Canadian one-hit wonder – are inanimate, unfeeling and altogether without conscience. But what if they suddenly came to life?

That's the premise of a short film called Crush. The two-minute clip is the work of one Malek Rizkallah, who animated it as his final project for the 3D Animation and Visual Effects program at the Vancouver Film School. It revolves around a pair of inanimate mannequins placed inside a Volkswagen Scirocco for a crash test, only to come to life seconds before impact.

It's that impact which you'll need to feel for yourself, so click below to watch the video.