Sorrow of Old Toys

Why did we abandon our childhood toys? They want us back!

  • Robert David Duncan
  • Robert David Duncan
  • Robert David Duncan
  • Robert David Duncan
    Key Cast
    "Toy whisperer"
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Micro short
  • Runtime:
    1 minute
  • Completion Date:
    March 24, 2019
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Director Biography - Robert David Duncan

My core training in acting is from the Stella Adler Studio in New York. I love acting and filmmaking and Vancouver where I now live is a beautiful place to make films. I am interested in the dramas, delights, passions and heartbreaks that take place in everyday interactions (or lack thereof) between ordinary people. Most of my films have dealt with human-scale issues such as tough choices, love, dreams, hope and finding meaning and fun in life. I love an underdog story! My motto is don't let anything get in the way of telling a story that might uplift someone - film it with your smartphone if that's what you have, but get it done and share it with the world.

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Director Statement

I have always been moved by the sight of old toys, as I believe they hold all our memories of being young and free to play and create worlds of our imagination. Because they are lost to their original owners, they seem sad to me. I had a chance to get some footage of old toys in a wonderful antique store in Vancouver (A Baker's Dozen Antiques on Main Street) who kindly listened to my sad toys ideas and invited me in to wander around filming the toys, which I really appreciated. I overlaid a narrative track and another quieter vocal track of the toys whispering to their former owners to create this micro short film, which I hope you enjoy.