Created as my 2006-2007 Graduation project from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’ was an exploration into nostalgic, narrative storytelling that prompts viewer engagement through a variety of content capture techniques.
The film utilizes 16mm optical film print (80% of the film was shot on 16mm stock), DSLR stop-motion animation, CG, and illustration. It is an adaptation of the original text by Margery Williams.
This was the first adaptation to utilize the ‘live action’ filming technique and also CG elements. Prior adaptations utilizes still images or 2D animation.
“A toy rabbit yearns to become ‘Real’ through a child’s love. Through his journey, the Velveteen Rabbit learns the mystery of Nursery Magic and becomes Real in more than one way.”
The success of the film led to my studio manufacturing a consumer plush toy version of the Velveteen Rabbit puppet used in the film. This puppet was my design, having drawn influence by turn of the century plush toys from Britain and Germany. The toy is historically accurate, but it also modernized through the eco-friendly bamboo fabric, and stuffing from kapok trees. The movie was brought together with a storybook that utilizes the photography and illustration from the film. Over 1000 units of the plush toy and digibook were manufactured and sold until they ran out of stock.
Writers: Denise Quesnel (screenplay), Margery Williams (short story)
Select film festival circuit from 2007 – 2008:
Montréal World Film Festival
International Student Film Festival Hollywood
Sacramento Film and Music Festival
San Diego International Children’s Film Festival
Kids First! Film Festival
Auburn International Film and Video Festival for Children and Young Adults
LA International Children’s Film Festival
Saugatuck Children’s Film Festival
Vancouver Student Film Festival
“The Velveteen Rabbit” D. Quesnel, solo exhibition “Brooklyn Museum” April 2009.