Goodnight Moon

A live-action adaptation and reimagining of the beloved children's book by Margaret Wise Brown.

  • Anton Church
  • Anton Church
  • Annemarie Blanco
    Key Cast
  • Gabriella Camille Headley
    Key Cast
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    2 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 20, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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Director Biography - Anton Church

By day, Anton Church is a production supervisor based out of South Florida. By night, he is a writer/director - tucked away in his laboratory! So when he's not being paid to produce and supervise, he spends his "free" time producing and directing. Anton enjoys telling stories that explore the human condition through the lens of hyperrealism. His past shorts and collaborations have won him awards in the Best Film, Best Script, and Best Directing categories.

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Director Statement

"Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown is synonymous with children’s literature. Since its publication in 1947, "Goodnight Moon" has introduced young children to the wonders of reading, and by 2017 it had cumulatively sold an estimated 48 million copies.

"Goodnight Moon" is a live-action dramatic curation of the original children's book. While this film presents its own adapted narrative and its own unique visual elements, the filmmaker made sure to keep faithful to the words written over 75 years ago.

Notes from Anton Church:
There is something sacred about a young child's night-time routine. Anyone who has raised young children knows about the nightly checklist. The list of to-dos before allowing any baby into bed. Now that I'm a father, I've found that as a family some of our funniest and most memorable moments come right before bedtime. It's the fun bath-time adventures, the making faces in the mirror as we brush our teeth, the playful fighting to put clothes on, and the time we spend reading books before eventually saying goodnight. Night after night- solidify, strengthen, bond.

I saw Goodnight Moon as a vehicle to show how an everyday moment such as the "routine of sleep" could develop and further the bond/sense of security - even at an early age. As a child, a mother's love can shield us from the worst of life; even against the creatures of our imagination. This film was an opportunity to tell this type of story and for me to incorporate these important themes without disturbing Wise's original words.