12 early short films by famous Hollywood directors

Where did Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, and Christopher Nolan get their starts? Watch the early work of some of the best directors in show business

You'll never guess whose early cinematic work stared a tormented boy named Vincent who dreamt of turning his dog into a zombie slave.
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If tomorrow's new release Mama — in which two adopted children are beset by a malevolent creature they call Mama — sounds familiar, it may be because you first encountered the film in its original three-minute short form when it was released in 2008. (Watch the original short version of Mama below.) On the strength of the three-minute version, Guillermo del Toro (of Pan's Labyrinth fame) tapped director Andres Muschietti to expand the short into a full-length film of the same name. But Muschietti is hardly the first director to cut his teeth on self-produced shorts before moving up to a big directing gig. Here, 12 early short films by famous Hollywood directors:

1. What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This? (1963)

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