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The destruction of nature by man seen through the eyes of a snail.

During the second semester Thomas Stellmach developed the story of UNKRAUT. He animated, directed and produced the five minute cartoon film with cells, paint and an animation camera.

At some scenes he used rotoscopy. For a realistic movement Stellmach filmed real construction machines with a paver and traced its contours on paper. After colouring with gray paint it became a cold stony tune. For one shot he also build a little set of the meadow, shot it with its rotation and drew its outlines on paper.

In the whole Stellmach animated the snail and the meadow by hand to accentuate the peaceful and enjoyable world of the snail.

To get a three-dimensional effect the director constructed movable multi-plane layers, like Disney, to achieve an image depth by unfocused elements. For some shots there were nine cranks to wind frame by frame to simulate a move of the camera (see excerpt) or the clouds. The shooting of the 4500 hand - coloured cells took four weeks. Six sound tracks were mixed together with the music of Edgar Knecht.
er.r with the music of Edgar Knecht.

Awards:

Certificate: "exceptional valuable" Film Valuation Authority Wiesbaden, Germany

Gold Medaille, Union Internationale Du Cinema Non Professionel (UNICA) 1991, Saint Gallen, Switzerland

Best Animation Film, Film and Video Festival 1995, Badalona, Spain

selected for the film role "Best of Ottawa 92", International Animation Film Festival Ottawa, Canada

2nd audience prize, student film days 1991, Babelsberg, Germany

Shown at the world environment conference 1992 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

selected for the film role "Animation Celebration" (Editor: Terry Thoren, L.A., USA)

 

Credits:

idea, animation, camera and sound
THOMAS STELLMACH

colouring
ANDY HUBER
THOMAS LOOSE
DIANA MUELLER
MONIKA STELLMACH
GRANDMA STELLMACH
EIKO UTZ

music
EDGAR KNECHT

technical support
KAZIMIERZ BENDKOWSKI
NORBERT HOBRECHT
PETER LEMKEN
SIEGFRIED WOLF
H.P. WEINZIERL

consultant
PAUL DRIESSEN, ART COLLEGE OF KASSEL