This film is what I worked on for the better part of last year as Senior Animator. Director Ari Folman is a genius and Super Animation Supervisor Yoni Goodman was a pleasure to work with. My studio bitteschön.tv was the smallest studio involved in this international production but a lot of our scenes got into the trailer. I am very proud of our work and super excited to see this film!
Going trough my sketchbooks that I filled in Asia I realized that only in HongKong I did these tiny framed drawings. Must have something to do with the way the city is build, compact, dense and crowded. Funny thing is, this design decision I must have made totally unconciously. At least I don’t remember thinking: “Ah, Hongkong is so dense, let’s make little frames in my little sketchbook to make it even more so.” As if the scarcity of room in HongKong made me think, I’d better not waste any space on my paper.
I really like to read the comments of the videos I made on youtube or vimeo. Its really a passtime for me. I thrive on the positive and the negative motivate me somehow in a way where “Eye of the tiger” plays in the background and I start beating on frozen cow corpses. One dude on youtube had this to say about an animation that was dear to me:
…There are people out there that publish bullshit videos just to piss viewers off, and to those people I say: “Fuck you, your work sucks…”
…it is nothing more than a steaming pile of horseshit by a wannabe fan of the Adult Swim company. Because I seriously doubt that Adult Swim would publicly advertise nudity, even in their commercials…
I take his criticism to heart and try to make better artwork in the future. To find some advice on how to become a better artist, I clicked on the commentator’s profile and found this diamond of a video (it has 31 hits as of now!).
He really is a natural talent of entertainment and on top that a jedi of the game of MINECRAFT. It is wonderful. I think this is what is so great about the internet. I never would have found this astonishing example of mammalian life without the internet, never would have read his honest criticism, never would have seen his beautyful face or could have listened to his beautyful voice. Mr Oppenheimer, thank you for making the internet and all the people in it. I feel so blessed every day.
I think I “animated” this spot for Held Vodka about five years ago. I don’t know why they finally put it online but I guess I can share it. NSFW if you don’t happen to work at Berghain. By the way, I put up a version that I liked better with a funny dancer in it.
Their official version is put up here.
Tomorrow is the last day of our stay in Tokyo. With the return to Berlin Dany and I also conclude our four months journey through Asia. We come back with many stories and full of plans. The journey might have changed us more than we can tell and digesting and settling into our normal lives could take a bit. One thing is for sure already. Now, we have the best hats in the known universe.
Adventure time – Very likely the best animation series of all times.
Stripped of my technical gadgets, cintiq and digital devices, the everpresent clutches of the professional artist, I rely again on skills and tools aquired in preschool and developed thereafter. And after initial awkwardness, a flow and pleasure that seemed long forgotten seized me. If for nothing else, this return to innocent pleasures, the thrill of creating and living in a new world, was worth leaving my home and career “in the industry” behind. Sometimes you have to go somewhere else to find (again) something that was with you all along.