Filmmaker Rio Finnegan describes his debut short, PiƱata, as being driven by the themes of "loneliness, corruption, libido, death, life, afterlife, trains, obscure cultural traditions, and insects -- but it is mainly about the relationship between the protagonist and a lifeless being."

In telling the story of such an unusual relationship, first-time independent filmmaker Finnegan, his actors and crew would find themselves challenged by many outside factors.

Initially, there was the question of funding, but a successful campaign on the fundraising website Kickstarter surpassed the filmmaker's stated goal of $1,850 by almost $1,000.

Shooting the film during the Arizona summer also meant that the elements had to be overcome.

A scene that originally called for the young actress playing the lead to lie on some metal railings proved impossible because of the heat, so Finnegan re-thought the sequence, and decided that a discarded couch found near the filming site would do instead.

That is just one example of the many ways that the young writer/director used creativity and ingenuity to overcome obstacles to visualizing his cinematic dream.