Co-directed by Hornet's Sam Mason and Hugo & Marie's Mario Hugo, this short film is an ode to childhood, when things were a bit mysterious and unknown. Made as a gift for Mario's daughter, the film is less of a sequential narrative and more of a symbolic string of ideas that charts the beautiful, but frequently confusing, journey of a toddler who's navigating life's greatest mysteries: you know, things like empty rooms, strange sculptures, and the underbellies of tables and chairs.
To create the film, Sam and Mario used CG, photogrammetry, and real objects found in local vintage shops. Set to a sweet recording of Joe Rapaso's classic Sesame Street song, "Little Things," this film is a dreamy celebration of all things playful, wonderful, bizzare, and little.
"As a kid, I can recall spending hours staring at few particular pieces of furniture and losing track of reality. When you’re three or four, you’re seeing the underside of tables and chairs. This short film has something to do with those memories. The moments of childhood, daydreaming in a world of table legs and bottom book shelves—so many things that don’t yet have names. The landscape that was so frightening and wonderful for a short time before it became completely ordinary."