Darby Hofreiter

Return to Fable Grove


A live action short film that blurs the lines between the whimsical and macabre, Return to Fable Grove is a psychological thriller that explores themes of family dynamics, psychosis, and memory. Through a blend of gritty narrative, campy puppetry and 80's nostalgia, the film tells the story of Eli Walker, an estranged son who returns to his childhood home only to be confronted by his traumatic past. He experiences a warped reality which is manifested through the world and characters of an 80's TV puppet show 'Welcome to Fable Grove'.

As someone who has a great love for practical sets and effects, and particularly "vintage" era effects, I acted as art director on this film. It provided a wonderful opportunity to design and create some truly incredible pieces of work, putting my own personal spin on a genre I adore. In the future, I hope to do something similar as a career, either for film, television, or theatre.

Bachelor of Creative Media Production

Creative Media Production
Glowing Mushroom Props
Full-Scale Set
Stop-Motion Animation


Block 1
Level D

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