A Digital Film and music installation


Little Winter brings holiday spirit and mischief in miniature, as five hand-built dioramas are brought to life in a magical large-scale film and music installation at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The project is centered in the hotel's lobby: a massive digital/physical experience, and one of the most sophisticated video display systems in the world. The project also spans several hundred other digital displays across the resort.

The winter storybook scenes depict  a nordic ice fishing adventure at daybreak, an alpine ski day, a sunset ice-skating outing, a twilight hot tub celebration, and a moonlit deep woods quest. Filled with hidden stories, the frozen scenes are brought to life with animated figures and environmental special effects. An original music score accompanies each scene as a winter’s day passes from dawn to the deep of night.

Hundreds of non-sequitur characters within the sets create a wonderland of tiny, satirical stories: two sumo wrestlers grapple in the snow; a lion tamer summons a nun-in-a-box with his whip; troublesome bears bowl for humans with giant snowballs;  a lovable yeti appears in each scene to spread holiday cheer.

Little Winter represents a unique collision of the physical and the digital, the naïve and the futuristic, the large and the very small. 

Making Little Winter: The physical and digital arts behind the making of the "Little Winter" installation at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Detail View: Skating Pond


When we first discussed the music for the project, YONDER director Mark Bashore and I went with the idea of an intimate music box approach: small sounds, almost clockwork-like to reference the diorama setting, the cute railroad figurines and how the scenes would contain little repeating patterns of movement:

What we came up with is much more engaging. While we kept the smaller, twinkling intimate sounds, I went BIG: french horn swells, Bavarian waltz beats, huge church bell carillons, epic operatic singing, percussive string plucking, etc. This approach not only cuts through the busy hotel lobby environment to grab people's attention, but the goal with this music is to bring to life the scenes in the diorama. I wanted to the viewer to be pulled into the scenes with a more action-based score:


Client: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas | Concept, Design and Direction: Yonder | Scenic Fabrication: Nix & Gerber Studio | Animation and Effects:  Ntropic, Simon Mowbray, Creative Director | Original Music Score:  Jesse Solomon Clark | Executive Producer for Yonder: Jennifer Senkler