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How To Build a Log Cabin is a short animation created for ART 149, Intro to Photography, at Santiago Canyon College. It is based off of a rejected idea from the pre-production phase of The Kingfisher and is notable for featuring a time-lapse that was created entirely in-camera.


Film Details Edit

  • Release Date: May 22, 2012
  • Running Time: 1 min.
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Director: Andrew Bermudez
  • Producer: Robert Miller
  • Writer: Andrew Bermudez

Plot Summary Edit

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The film opens with a truck driving up to an empty plot of land in Bluebell National Park, where a couple steps out and unloads the truck bed. They move three boxes of a build-you-own-cabin kit onto the plot of land, only to realize that another box is missing. Going back to their truck, the couple departs.

A short time later, a curious bear wanders into the meadow, looking for food, when he rams his head into one of the boxes. Sniffing them, the boxes burst open, revealing all of the parts to the cabin. The bear explores the debris, only to find some tools. The bear uses a wrench to clear the land, then grabs a power drill in his mouth.

The bear spends the entire day building the log cabin, putting it together exactly as intended. By the time he is done, it is nighttime, and the bear goes inside the cabin.

Just then, the truck returns, with the couple carrying the last box. As they get ready to start building, they stop in their tracks upon seeing the completed cabin.

Production History Edit

Early in February 2020, during ART 149, Intro to Photography, class at Santiago Canyon College, it was confirmed that the last assignment would be a stop-motion animation. However, as director Andrew Bermudez did not want to work too much on the assignment before knowing the required parameters, work instead shifted towards completing Pharaoh's Quest: The Curse of Amset-Ra.

However, in mid-March, the Covid-19 pandemic locked down the country, forcing all work to be done from home. When this happened, Mustache Maniacs Film Co. made a commitment to bring new entertainment to its fans while everyone was at home. This led to the releases of Rap-Trick, The Easter Egg, and Pharaoh's Quest: The Curse of Amset-Ra.

In spite of the circumstances, the last assignment was given the go-ahead to move forward, which was a stop-motion animation that focused more on the visuals and animation than a concrete story. Brain-storming began the following day, which resulted in exploring several unrealized ideas from the past.

One idea that stuck out was one that had been considered before The Kingfisher was produced, which was the story of a bear that wants to move up in the world, so he builds himself a log cabin. At the time, the idea was dismissed for being dumb, but as all of the options for this assignment were evaluated, this idea stuck out as being one that would easily fit the parameters of the assignment without being too long.

The film was officially announced on May 12, 2020, for a projected May 29 release date. Filming started the day before, with production wrapping the same day as the film's announcement. In a unique twist, mainly due to the parameters of the assignment, most of the editing was done in Adobe Photoshop (it is possible to create animations in the software, which was actually used for both Alms Pouch and the re-release of When Barrels Fly). However, due to the massive file sizes that resulted, all of the sound editing was done in Adobe Premiere.

In a twist of events, editing for How To Build a Log Cabin was completed on May 15, 2020. Because of this film's extremely short development time, the release date was moved up from May 29 to May 22, 2020, just in time for Memorial Day.

Audience Reception Edit

Viewership for this film was fairly small, but audiences that have seen the film enjoyed its simple, yet silly, story.

Characters Edit

  • Bear (Andrew Bermudez)
  • Man (n/a)
  • Woman (n/a)

Locations Edit

Credits Edit

Tropes Edit

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How To Build a Log Cabin contains examples of the following tropes.
  • Amplified Animal Aptitude: The bear in this film is smart enough to figure out not only how to use tools in his mouth, but also how to build an entire cabin.
  • Beary Funny: The film centers around a bear building a log cabin. What else can be said?
  • Construction Is Awesome: The film is entirely about a bear building a log cabin.
  • Excuse Plot: This film resurrected an old film idea simply because the idea was less about the story and more about the visuals.
  • Home Sweet Home: After the bear builds the log cabin, he moves in.
  • Leave the Camera Running: This film is notable for being one of only two Mustache Maniacs Film Co. movies where the entire film is literally one shot, with the other being Shootout!.
  • Rule of Funny: Basically, why this film even exists (besides, of course, being a school assignment).
  • Scenery Porn: The set was designed so that, even before the log cabin is built, the forest is still beautiful to look at.
  • Something We Forgot: This film has a variation in that the couple forgets a box at the beginning of the film, which prompts them to leave and retrieve it.
  • Time Lapse: The building of the log cabin is executed as a time lapse, as the construction process takes all day.

Trivia Edit

  • This film's premise, upon its initial rejection in 2015, started a joke around the studio where supporters of the project would end their conversations with, "And someday, that bear is going to build his log cabin." This film's release is the natural conclusion to said joke.
  • The cabin in this film is modeled after the standard-design camping cabin found at many campgrounds across the United States, especially KOA Campgrounds. This style of camping cabin is most notable for its iconic double-slope roof, which is present on the cabin in the film.
  • The bear sounds in this film re-use the sound files for the Polar Bear in Gone Ice Fishin'.

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