The Eucalypt (2013)

Nicole Antebi

Role: Director, writer, animator, and sound design.

Premiered at Teeny Cine, Sacramento, CA

Using archival Weather Bureau footage of cloud formations, and stop motion along with hand drawn elements, this short animation tells a brief history of the introduction of the Eucalyptus tree in California. Initially thought to be California’s nineteenth century messianic tree, with promises of improved weather, a renewed lumber industry, fever-reducing properties and countless other demands placed on this invasive tree dubbed “honorary native” by Jared Farmer in his essay “Gone Native.” The Australian Eucalyptus would fail to meet nearly every demand place upon it. Californians would grow to despise the tree and regard it as the world’s largest and messiest weed.

The following authors/essays factored largely in my research and inspired the project:

Jared Farmer Gone Native

D.J. Waldie The Many and Contradictory Meanings of Southern California’s Iconic Eucalyptus Trees

Nathan Masters Who Eucalyptized California