Five years ago, Park Pictures directorial team The Mercadantes (Daniel and Katina Mercadante) had us all spellbound with a short film that was simply about breathing. Now, they're back with one about napping, and it could be just the antidote to your lockdown blues.
It starts with extremely cute scenes of animal naps: kittens, mice, a duckling, foxes, a polar bear and (possibly our favorite) gorillas. The film then moves to on to show a selection of babies, kids, adults and members of the older generation also catching forty winks—some of even them while working. If you're in need of something soothing to watch right now, it's two minutes of your day—but be warned, it might rock you to sleep too.
"To build the film, we just did long sessions of searching through YouTube for all of the clips," Daniel Mercadante tells Ad Age. "We looked for scenes that were filmed by non-professionals so that the scenes were more authentic and everyday-feeling. Then I began a fairly straightforward editing process, finding links and transitions between clips that made it less chaotic and more sleepy-smooth."
Mercadante adds that the film was actually begun a few years ago but, "When quarantine hit, we picked it back up because it felt right given the way that the world is right now. Lots of people are at home, taking more naps than usual, while essential workers are out working longer and more arduous hours, and need more naps. I think that we really just wanted to say 'Hey, it’s ok to feel sleepy, to take a nap, we’re going through a difficult time'... but also not make a film specific to the experience of quarantine."