Rabbits Under the Shed

After a disagreement with her mom, 8-year-old Natalie runs away — all the way to her backyard, where she meets a family of rabbits and decides to move in with them. Songs are sung and friends are made in this sweet, funny short film about building trust, overcoming fear, and connecting across difference to make room for everyone. :)

  • Mia Stegner
    Writer
  • Mia Stegner
    Director
  • Evan Bode
    Assistant Directors
  • Ryan Bode
    Assistant Directors
  • Taylor Kelly-McMahon
    Producer
  • Kendall Deutsch
    Producer
  • Emmi McIntosh
    Key Cast
    "Natalie"
  • AZ Nowell
    Key Cast
    "Natalie's Mom"
  • Fiona Torrese
    Key Cast
    "Beth"
  • Jon Holewinski
    Key Cast
    "Bradley"
  • Darwin Shire
    Key Cast
    "Bella"
  • Nolan Bunting
    Key Cast
    "Brody"
  • David Greene
    Key Cast
    "Blake"
  • Claire Rodenbush
    Key Cast
    "Harvey"
  • Truman McCaw
    Composer
  • Mia Stegner
    Songwriters
  • Evan Bode
    Songwriters
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    musical, children's, kid's, animation, family
  • Runtime:
    25 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 19, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Animation
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Emerson College
  • Golden Bee International Children's Film Festival
    New Delhi
    India
    March 27, 2021
    Best Animation Film - Mental Health, Bullying and Cyber Safety
Director Biography - Mia Stegner

A storyteller at heart, Stegner views music as an avenue to ask questions, seek answers, and ponder both personal and collective pieces of the human experience. In her mind, no topic is too big or too small to explore, from the risks of treasuring a newfound friendship to the ethereal appeal of bath time. She has written and released five albums: Play (2019), Purple Door (2019), Indebted to Blue (2020) Painting the Bathroom Green (2020), Scribbled Pleas on Yellowed Keys (2021). She’s also the creator and director of Rabbits Under the Shed, an animated children’s musical.
Musically, Mia is influenced by a variety of artists and genres, and is most often compared to Ingrid Michaelson, dodie, and Fiona Apple. Fans describe her music as “heartfelt,” “quirky,” and “relatable.” In 2021, Robin Mumford from The Indie Plug wrote that "Mia Stegner is both creatively astute and musically talented, harmoniously voiced and a true storyteller." Amanda Vandergast from the A&R Factory recommends "putting her on your playlists as an act of self-care."
Mia’s songwriting experience is extensive and eclectic; growing up, she gained a musical foundation from singing in choirs, listening to music, taking piano lessons, and teaching herself guitar and ukulele. She first began writing songs in middle school, as a way to express herself and develop her skills as a musician and writer. In high school, she began sharing her work on YouTube, and released her debut album "Play."
In November 2020, Mia Stegner's song “Very Next Day” won the weekly “Stuck at Home” John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Her single “Quiet Chaos” was selected for the 2020 Hidden Lantern Arts Festival, an organization dedicated to “ending the stigma surrounding mental illness and starting conversations about mental health through the healing power of artistic expression,” a goal which Mia shares.
Through her music, Mia aims to promote empathy, understand the depth of her own thoughts and feelings, and make others feel less alone.
In addition to her own music, Mia values the opportunity to help bring other artists’ visions to life. She works as a freelance lyricist, songwriter, backup vocalist, and songwriting teacher; from podcast theme songs to informal birthday gifts, she has completed 100+ projects for various clients. Between her personal and freelance work, she’s written over 200 songs.

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Director Statement

Rabbits Under the Shed is a student-made, low-budget labor of love made by a team of nearly 50 young artists and storytellers, collaborating remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you for supporting our hard work and sharing the film with the little ones in your life!