Have you ever dreamt of having your very own treehouse? We’re not talking about a piece of plywood nailed to a couple of branches, mind you. We’re talking Swiss-Family-Robinson-expansive-multi-story-never-touch-the-ground-again-if-you-don’t-have-to type of treehouse. To become a treehouse master. The real deal.
Imagine yourself high in the trees gently lulled in the sway of the branches, soothed by the sound of birdsong and whispering winds.
Foster Huntington not only imagined it, he made it happen. A renaissance man for sure, Foster left a design job in New York, bought a VW Van and documented his travels in pictures, print and online, steadily becoming instafamous — even coining the hashtag #vanlife. After years on the road, he chose to “settle down” in a whimsical way…he gathered his friends and built an incredible treehouse – complete with a skatebowl and wood-fired hot tub – in the Pacific Northwest’s breathtaking Columbia River Gorge.
We first met Foster when he came in to do a voiceover for a Wink app commercial, which, coincidentally, featured his treehouse. Fast-forward to a few months later we were working on “The Cinder Cone” — a gorgeous short film directed by the treehouse master himself, brought to life by PDX-by-way-of-Cali-based Farm League (side note: Foster is now an official FL director / creative), edited by Jess Gibson, with sound design and mix by our very own Chip Sloan. To dial in the perfect atmosphere and give you that true birds-eye-view of the project coming to life, Chip and Foster decided to make it slightly unexpected, by omitting sounds in some places, while filling out the sound design in other areas to punctuate certain aspects of the audioscape. “The Cinder Cone”, now a certified Vimeo Staff Pick, documents the creation of this incredible real-life day dream, and drops you smack dab in the middle of the build. Soak it all in below:
P.S. Donate to Foster’s KickStarter Campaign for The Cinder Cone Build Book here.