Mission


Vigilante Studios Mission: To produce creative projects while training and serving the community. Vigilante Studios was built to serve artists and help them move toward their creative goals utilizing digital tools.

Service: We provide service in graphic design, illustration, web design / construction, 3D modeling, animation and game production.

Training: We offer workshops honed toward a variety of skill sets. If you would like to know more about workshops click here.

Production: We have several in-house projects on the burner, using our skills to produce animated short films, games, and other projects.

The Studio


Vigilante Studios in North Idaho is a digital art training facility, a production company, and a service shop. Our primary location is in Bonners Ferry, Idaho and serves the small community, while providing an innovative hub in Boundary County and surrounding communities.

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Equipment

High-end machines are used in computer arts. We currently have 13 seats set up with custom workstations.

10 Workstations are running on Ryzen 2700 or 2700x (eight-core processors), Nvidia GTX 970, Radeon RX 580, or Nvidia RTX 2060 Super. These machines are utilizing a quick M.2 solid state drive holding the operating system, and another M.2 for the scratch disk. With at least 32Gb of 3600Mhz DDR4 RAM these machines are ready to take on large projects. Each station is running dual-monitors, one of which is an interactive drawing tablet monitor (XP-Pen 22R Pro).

3 Rendering Stations running 16 core processors Threadripper 2950x. and/or Ryzen 3950x. For video these are running 2×1080 (Sli), and/or 2x1080ti (Sli). Running super fast M.2. solid state drives on PCI 4.0 capable (x570 chipset), and PCI 3.0 (on X299 chipset). These three stations are running 64gb of DDR4 RAM.

History


Vigilante Studios is the evolution of VOICE Magazine / Youth on the Ridge, a former non-profit organization out of Paradise, CA. Although VOICE Magazine has been in hibernation, we continue to train and help artists learn skills in the digital arts, and support their path in the arts. Vigilante Studios in North Idaho, is a creative training facility, a production company, and a small graphic design firm – all in one.

Staff – or whatever.


Daniel Seward

Founder, Designer, Mentor and Teacher

Daniel Seward grew up in Bonners Ferry, Idaho—where early on he was recognized by his parents and teachers for his drawings and designs in and outside of school.  At sixteen he moved to California, finished high school in Paradise CA, attended Pacific Union College in Angwin, CA, then the Academy of Art University in San Francisco — soon to be free-lancing with a few Academy friends who sought similar paths.  

During the dot.com era he worked in Silicon Valley as an in-house designer for a tech company but found his talents and interests leaning more toward building his own projects.  This lead him to develop the VOICE Magazine back in Paradise, CA and creating a non-profit arts organization called Youth on the Ridge.  This organization served Butte County for years by inspiring, training, and publishing countless local youth artists while inviting professional world-class artists into the publication as well.  

After the catastrophic fires in California, specifically the unprecedented, devastating Camp Fire in Paradise, CA, Dan decided to return to North Idaho to stay close to family and continue serving others in the digital arts field. 

Most recently he has launched Vigilante Studios in downtown Bonners Ferry to offer training and support to other artists in the multiple-faceted arena of digital arts.  

Michael Guiliano Marchetti

3D Artist. Programmer, Fine Artist, Animator and Teacher

Michael Guiliano Marchetti spent his childhood lost in the wilderness of North Idaho. He felt a deep connection to everything in the wild and often could not tell where he ended and everything around him began. Gifted with a huge imagination and a massive natural environment around him, Michael was not bothered by being a poor kid.

It was by running through the diverse landscape that Michael’s appreciation for ART began to emerge. The contrast of things like a shadowy tree line bordering a glowing sunlit wheat field compelled him to try to hold on to the inexplicableness of it all. Taking up landscape and fantasy painting was a natural consequence.

Later he developed an interest in Science and Technology. After attending college and gaining a degree in science, he pursued Biotechnology and Medicine while spending his free time trying to merge Science and Art.

Now he uses his time combining 3D Art study with Computer Programming by developing video games, apps, 3D art and robotics.

Lenny Turner (LT2)

Digital Audio Creator and Technician

Leonard James Turner II is an EDM/RAP  Producer, Recording/Mix Engineer, Voice  Actor, Cartoonist and “post-apocalyptic audio survivalist” based in Northern California.

After attending a local Community College for 2 years Leonard started his audio journey by building his first PC in 2001. His passion to create music started out as ideas that became reality. 

In 2005, he was renamed “LT2 The Sound Mechanic” by Daniel Seward and Ryan Mulford of VOICE Magazine. LT2 The Sound Mechanic was born. Composing music behind a computer screen was not enough though. In 2008 LT2 performed his first live show. In 2009, “The Sound Mechanic” album was released under the WROK ON Productions record label. In 2012 “The Sound Mechanic” album went live on PANDORA RADIO. 

Leonard’s journey through sound continued with designing and building speaker cabinets and modifying audio equipment. Experiments with unique recording methods and vintage analog equipment set the standard for capturing the soul of the sound. 

Leonard is currently rebuilding his entire life’s work after losing everything to the Camp Fire in 2018. He said this about his loss: “Fire consumes and fire also refines”.