The Marvelous McGuffins was inspired last winter on a snowy evening during the third night of a Wes Anderson movie marathon with my family. Influenced by a mild case of cabin fever, I decided to make my own. I enlisted my sisters and we created a quick and quirky narrative as a tribute to Wes Anderson and his style. Faced with the challenge of imitating a particular aesthetic, I held myself to a higher technical standard. Limited to the objects I could find around my house, I had to adapt to reach my goal of evoking Anderson’s voice. My boom was a cellphone duct-taped to the end of a broom, my dolly was a cardboard box bungeed onto a scooter, and my lighting was a table lamp without its shade. With this modest arsenal of homespun gadgetry and my family for a cast, I learned that with resourcefulness, innovation and care I could produce a successful homemade video. The Marvelous, McGuffins went on to win awards including the Grand Prize Repicky Award (Best in Show) at the 2015 Cablevision Education Access Awareness Awards, Official Selection and Screening at the 2015 All American High School Film Festival, 1st Place in the Creative Category at the 2015 Convent of the Sacred Heart Film Festival, and 1st Place in the Creative Category and Audience Choice Award at the 2015 New Caanan High School Film Festival. It also won 3rd place in the Creative Category at the 2015 Greenwich Youth Film Festival. This film is important to me because I was able to channel inspiration through my creative process to emulate Anderson’s style in a homemade video.