Home was Hairy Hill

Emerging from our art director Daniel Gies' personal history, Home was Hairy Hill began as a floating collection of inter-generational tales remembered from childhood. They morphed over the years and took the form of a single true story: Dan’s Franco-Albertan great-grandmother, his Métis rodeo star great-grandfather, and their fragile family’s breaking point. Transformed into symbolic fiction inspired by oral traditional storytelling, executed with an in-house hybrid paper, 2D, 3D, and Game Engine (with our own Scene Track plug-in) pipeline, illustrative animation experience, and input from a number of other artists, Home was Hairy Hill is a haunting and deeply personal tribute to family folklore.

Daniel Gies


Daniel Gies (Art + Tech Director, Co-Founder, E*D Films), is an accomplished animator and programmer. His peers know him as a leader in pushing the limits of off-the-shelf animation software through the use of customized scripting, hybridization, and creative programming. His extensive library - comprised of more than 300 online video tutorials which explore his unique animation techniques - has an active and organically growing international online following, reaching +100 000K subscribers across five social media platforms. Daniel is the inventor of: “Scene Track: Game Media Exporter”, “PSD to 3D”, and “Z Fighter” plugins - all innovative production tools, conceptualized to empower artists working in the animation, VR, and video gaming realms.

Thank you!

Gratitude to these partners and clients, funders and supporters, awards and accolades, for giving this project life!
La Sodec Quebec | Home was Hairy Hill e→d films
Canada Media Fund | Home was Hairy Hill e→d films
National Film Board of Canada | Home was Hairy Hill e→d films
Travelling Distribution
Agora Studios

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