Wait, isn’t that…?
Yes, it’s me.
It’s been a while since I last updated this blog.
Due to some massive refurbishment at our beloved house I wasn’t able to work on my film, or on anything at all. Everything has been messy in here, dust is everywhere and the only room that still has its usual function is our bed room. (Though it’s slowly getting better…)
We just wanted to exchange a window and the front door. But what was planned as a one-and-a-half-day action, took us one and a half week so far since the walls need a bit more attention than expected, and will probably take another one or two weeks since the most beautiful man alive and I also have some scheduled work to do.
Part of the room formerly known as our kitchen, captured by @einfachkaffee. You can see me in the background, hi there!
Lesson learned: One does not just do a quick change in an old house like ours.
I cannot really concentrate right now. The clean-up phase has begun yesterday and slowly all our stuff finds back into their places. But it’s still stressful and exhausting, and will take more time than I was willing to spend on this.
Anyway, I’m not complaining.
The good part is, that we’re going to re-arrange our whole space, and that there will be space for a new order in here as well. That’s going to be awesome!
But what about Animation?
Before all that chaos started, I taught a few awesome animation workshops with kids and adults. Due to the lack of progress on my own film Ins Dunkel, I’d like to show you something really cool from the kids instead:
The kids in my workshops would usually love to work with plasticine, but this time they all wanted to draw. And they draw! I don’t know how many flip books and seconds of drawn animation they produced… (Actually, I do know, but that would sound less dramatic…)
I’d like to share this video with you that is made by 14 years old Benedikt, an outstanding drawing talent:
Hängender Hund (engl. Hanging Dog) by Benedikt Scheffer, 2011.
Benedikt drew three days for four hours each day to make this clip during my animation summer workshop at the Museum MARTa Herford. He planned the story, the timing and everything else. We used simple 80g office paper, 2B pencils and file fasteners as peg bars.
Well done, doesn’t he?
What I understand again and again every time I teach an animation class is that you don’t need much to produce outstanding animations. This is something you really should keep in mind!
I just read today that the 19th Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film calls for entries until 1 December. This is going to make a beautiful deadline for Ins Dunkel, wouldn’t it? What do you think?
Have a lovely week!