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Muir is an animated short film that reflects on both the love and legacy of the naturalist John Muir, a man who spent much of his life promoting and advocating for the importance of the wilderness in people’s lives as well as its protection. His writings, a product of his own love and devotion to America’s wild places, eventually helped lead to the creation of the National Parks. This film pays homage to his reverence and devotion to that idea.

  • Chandler Ellison
  • Chandler Ellison
  • Kelly Lancaster
    Key Cast
  • Nicole LaCroix
  • Emily Spearman
  • Hallie Jenkins
  • Sylvia Chambers
  • Carson Rennekamp
    Sound Designer
  • Paul Hanrahan
  • Yukari Schrickel
    Motion Media
  • Becka Riccio
    Motion Media
  • Caitlin Byham
    3D Modeling
  • Amanda Squeo
    3D Lighting
  • Chandler Ellison
    3D Camera Setup
  • Hannah Remer
    3D Camera Setup
  • Chandler Ellison
    Background Layouts
  • Chandler Ellison
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Documentary, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Historical, Animation, Conservation, Biography, Ecological
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 4 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 5, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • Big Muddy Film Festival
    Carbondale, IL
  • Green Mountain Film Festival
    Montpelier, VT
  • Ottawa International Short Film Festival
  • Jacksonville Documentary Film Festival
    Jacksonville, FL
  • Film & Her Showcase
    Savannah, GA
    March 5, 2016
  • Barcelona Planet Film Festival
  • Wildlife Vaasa Nature Film Festival
  • American Conservation Film Festival
    Shepardstown, WV
Director Biography - Chandler Ellison

Chandler Ellison is a first time filmmaker from near Chicago, IL. She is a recent graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design where she earned a B.F.A in Animation and focused in visual development for animation during her studies. Growing up, her family spent much of their free time traveling throughout the United States visiting many of its natural and historical sites which has only grown her deep rooted respect for nature and conservation. Her love of the natural world and all its wonders is something that continuously serves to inspire her and is something she strives to pay homage to in her artwork.

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Director Statement

There were a lot of different ideas that led to the making Muir. First and foremost, I would have to say that it’s a tribute to John Muir and the National Parks. I visited some of the big parks out west a few years ago, and so fell in love with them that I almost decided quit art and become a park ranger right then and there. Obviously, I did not but I did wish to use art to promote the importance of the conservation of wild places. The more I looked into National Parks themselves the more I realized that they might not have even come to be without the writing and advocacy John Muir did. Muir was a man that was in love with world around him that he would refer to the valleys and mountains as the people’s cathedrals. So with Muir I wanted to reflect that sincere reverence he had for America’s wilderness as well.