Al Compás (To the Beat)

Al Compás


Al Compás (To the Beat, in English) presents a rather interesting scenario. There’s a man in an office, and he has with him a few papers. He looks over each one, just like a conductor, and arranges the sheets for his convenience. With the stage set, he starts the metronome. Music plays, the door opens, and the actors come in one by one.

This is simply great. Not only are the musical pieces striking, but that each actor had a special song for them is amazing to behold. Moreover, the play of settings, light, and space gave a great view to the entire affair. Oh, and that ending? Surprising, yet simply marvelous. A great short film, overall.

If you’re interested in how they made this film, here’s a behind-the-scenes video.

(This is available on Vimeo with and without English subtitles. Here’s an animated film about musicians, though this one is mostly about a gifted young lady. And here’s a film with puppets on a stage.)

Al Compás, on Vimeo (no subtitles)


Al Compás, on Vimeo (English subtitles)


Directed by J. M. Asensio

Film’s Facebook page | Producers’ website


I'm the webmaster and author at I started this website as a complement to my studies in the Spanish language, but honestly, it just gave me an excuse to watch lots of great short films (like the ones in my author's picks section). I also blog and write short stories.


  1. Hi Camille, “muchas gracias” for your kindly words :)

    As the writer-director, I am very proud of this work (my fifth short-film) because it was made by a young team of cinema students with the support of experienced TV actors. The production was great (two days of shooting with no problems) and the audience response was also fantastic.

    I appreciate your interest in Spanish short films and I’ve shared your review in the Shortfilm’s Facebook page :)

    All the best,

    JM Asensio

    • Hi JM! Wow, I’m amazed with how you were able to complete your short in such little time, and with such a team! Really, Al Compás is an impressive film, and this is definitely among my new favorites.

      Thanks for the comment and the share, too! I wish you the best in all your projects! :)

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