5 years and 18000 frames later

Dear friends,
I have big news.

Since 2007 I’ve been working on my animated short, Ins Dunkel that is going to be released next Saturday, like, you know, NEXT SATURDAY. It’s almost finished and I want to celebrate this milestone with you. And I want hugs!

Invitation, invitation!

Invitation, invitation!

So herewith I invite you more than warmly to join the premiere night next

Saturday, June 2, 2012
at 8 p.m.
at the Filmhaus cinema
August-Bebel-Str. 94
D-33602 Bielefeld

Since the film runs for about 12 minutes, I thought it would be appropriate to bring some other nice folks in to make this a remarkable evening that will take a little longer than 12 minutes.

Art and Literature

We’ll start with literature: Christian Knäpper, a friend, actor and reciter from Bielefeld will introduce you to the story of Orpheus and Eurydice before we watch the animated short. Even if you already know the tale, come and watch him, Christian’s awesome!

After the film I’ll show a making of to give you an impression of how I made the film and how I work in general. Then, as that night’s last act, Birte Kassenbrock (from Münster) is going to moderate an interview with Phillippe LaVille (the music composer) and me that hopefully leads to an awesome Q&A with you, the audience. After that, the event will come to a smooth ending with some informal talks, and I’ll probably cry for the rest of the night because I can’t believe what will just have happened.

I want it pretty personal. The whole evening is going to be about art and how you’d be able to follow your dreams and inner needs. It’ll be about love and desire. About film and stop motion and music and fine art and literature. Not in arty fartsy, but in a way that is close to life.

About the film

The film tells the story of Orpheus, probably the most talented musician of ancient Greece. After the early death of his beloved wife Eurydice he descends to the Underworld to rescue her from Death. His music is like a magic spell and it charms even the Gods. Initially it seems that his quest leads to success.

You can also download the official invitation card as a pdf (it’s in German, approx. 2,8 MB).

You have no idea how much I look forward to celebrate this moment with you! If you make it to Bielefeld that night, please come and join us, I’d love to meet you there!

Excited internet hugs,

Jessica ♥

The (German) film website: www.ins-dunkel.de

Oh, and did you see the trailer?


28. May 2012 by Jessica
Categories: Stuff | Tags: , , | 4 comments

Comments (4)


    Big warm hugs to you from your fans in Los Angeles!!

  2. oh congratulations! i’m sending excited, virtual internet hugs today and for the opening… The whole evening sounds remarkable – as does the film – as is the way you’re talking about it here and so beautifully setting the stage for what you want. Oh I’m inspired!

    “Not in arty fartsy, but in a way that is close to life.”

    I’m consistently grappling with how to work in an art-world that so often doesn’t feel in alignment with my heart and the juiciness that I want in the world, and what you’ve written here feels so inspiring and like such a beautiful work-around to what doesn’t work for me! I love it! thank you thank you thank you!

    “I want it pretty personal. The whole evening is going to be about art and how you’d be able to follow your dreams and inner needs.”

    Wow…. Yes! Yes! Yes! Can’t wait to hear how it goes…

  3. Congratulations! That’s terrific!

  4. Wow!!! It’s done!!!

    Congratulations Jessica!!! Super inspiring! So sorry, I haven’t been checking your blog much lately and didn’t realize till now your film is finished. It looks fantastic! And thank you so much for sharing your entire creative journey all along the way. My own film (which started well before yours and isn’t finished yet) will be much shorter and less ambitious. I hope I can complete it soon myself.

    I really like the way the ‘latex mache’ technique looks for the puppets.