Heartless: The Story of the Tin Man

In 1900, L. Frank Baum wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which went on to become one of the most beloved children's books of all time, reprinted and reinvented in a myriad stage plays, films, TV series, musicals and other adaptations. But Baum's original tale featured a little-known backstory about the Tin Woodsman – a morality tale about a man who gets so caught up in his work that he loses sight of what really matters in life.

Director Brian McCormick decided to capture this poetic tale and the hidden love story about a simple woodsman and a beautiful maiden in Heartless: The Story of the Tin Man -- an artfully shot short film, viewable for free online.

Additional behind-the-scenes footage reveals the production process and meticulous craftsmanship of the film's art direction, sound design and cinematography.

Maria Popova is the founder and editor in chief of Brain Pickings, a curated inventory of eclectic interestingness and indiscriminate curiosity. She writes for Wired UK, GOOD Magazine, BigThink and Huffington Post, and spends too much time curating interestingness on Twitter.


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  • Jon says:

    It is interesting to add that almost all of the characters had a deeper political meaning. The Tin Man represented the beaten down and overworked industrial worker who had lost his heart or passion for anything outside of work.

  • Megs says:

    It is good to see he thaws eventually, and misses his love and passion for life.

    *SPOILER*
    I cried towards the end when he is rusted and frozen, alone and forgotten in the woods, and is sadly humming “My Heart is Yours” before Dorothy comes along…

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