About the Film

"Love of the Land" is a short animated film based on the true and tragic story of Vermont farmer Romaine Tenney. It will be released in 2023.

Real Life Inspiration

Romaine Tenney was a Vermont farmer who was born in 1900. His farm was seized by eminent domain in the 1960s in order to build Interstate 91. He deeply loved his land, animals, and way of life. Read more about Romaine Tenney's story:

Rotoscope Animation

"Love of the Land" is animated using a rotoscope technique. This process was invented by Max Fleischer in 1915 and involved drawing over the top of projected film. Nowadays, rotoscoping is done digitally over the top of video and includes the use of a pen display monitor that allows the animator to draw directly on the screen. For "Love of the Land", this required almost 3,000 digitally hand drawn frames and over 1,000 labor hours of total animation.

Credits

  • Directed, written, and animated by Burlington, Vermont filmmaker Travis Van Alstyne.

  • Narration/voice-over by George Woodard, a farmer and filmmaker from Waterbury Center, Vermont.

  • Background art designed by Burlington, Vermont artist Julianna Brazill.

  • "Elk River Blues" performed by Andover, Vermont natives Ida Mae and Lila Specker.

  • Sound design by Vermont-born Alex Knowles.

  • Sound effects by Georgie Darling of St Johnsbury, Vermont.