Inspiration for the overall concept came from my girlfriend and her experiences, along with her hopes and dreams from childhood. The idea was to create a playful narrative, rendering her childhood issues into the physical manifestation of a cursed relic (Willix the doll). The idea of Willix stems from the idea of a malevolent, metaphysical entity from my past, creating a link between my girlfriend and I in a fictional sense. A sort of dark take on tales reminiscent of those in line with E.T.A. Hoffman’s “The Nutcracker and the King of Mice,” influence may subconsciously stem from being exposed to such theatrics as a child. Original plans to execute the film in a stop motion video format were inspired by the craft of Tim Burton and Michel Gondry, though the subject matter and method of story telling is still reminiscent of their work.