DIY Homestead and Cutting Edge Digital Animation Studio

DIY Homestead and Cutting Edge Digital Animation Studio

Michelle Chin
Jul 18, 2011

Try to imagine amazingly innovative and beautiful animation work for the likes of Bjork and Grizzly Bear coming out of a modern day version of The Shire, complete with 21st century Hobbit homes? Once you take a good look at Trout Gulch, it will all make perfect sense.

Filmmaker Isaiah Saxon and his colleagues and buddies, Sean Hellfritsch and Daren Rabinovitch, have transformed the 10 acres of land near Aptos, California that surrounds Saxon's mother's home and named it Trout Gulch. I first heard bout them on NPR and had to find out more.

Currently, there are 18 residents of Trout Gulch. Their website describes it as "a patchwork of tiny houses, tree houses, thatch huts, bath houses, tool shops, outdoor kitchens, domes, swings, fruit tree orchards, goat paddocks, vegetable gardens, slides, and terraces. The neighborhood is soon to be home of Trout Gulch Farm, an organic CSA on 3 acres. We value DIY skills, long term thinking, experiential education, and friendship." Sounds pretty good to me!

For lots more photos, check out their film company Encyclopedia Obscura's website.

And don't miss their videos for Björk's Wanderlust and Grizzly Bear's Knife. Maybe I'm just reading into it, but the tactile quality and natural elements they bring to digital animation are pretty darned lovely.

(Images: Encyclopedia Obscura)

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