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Let There Be Puppets
When audiences watch the film, there's one thing everyone wants to know more about: the puppet portions. What is now one of the film's signature elements started for much more practical reasons – Charlyne didn't want to see pictures of the people who were telling their stories while they were telling them. 

"The thing I don't like about documentaries is that sometimes it's just a talking head and then it cuts to pictures,” says Charlyne. "I'm like, ‘Ahhhhh! I wish you could see their actual story happen.' Then I was like, ‘In our film, why don't we just recreate it with puppets?' There's something charming about seeing puppets instead of people trying to dramatize something.” Charlyne actually created the puppets, sets, and props with her father. 

They made them by hand in their garage, and the recreations were carefully blocked out and rehearsed with camera. They were shot over a few days in the middle of post-production on a small stage in Burbank.

 "The puppet recreations are perhaps the most charming element of the film for me, and working on the puppet recreation days was a joy for all of us,” says Sandra. "We all pitched in one form or another. I got to lend a hand and operate a pregnant puppet, turn a river with a rolling pin, and pour rain made of tinsel. Those days were a highlight of the production.” 

"I think the puppet recreations are symbolic of the spirit of this production,” says Elise, "in that they are hand-made and born of Charlyne's imagination. They're representative of the unorthodox approach the filmmakers took in the telling of this story.” "I think it plays into a little bit how Charlyne herself sees love in this sort of fantastical, magical way,” says Nick. 

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