Inktober 2018

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After missing this occasion every single time the past few years I’m finally making my contribution to the worldwide art challenge called Inktober. Every October, thousands of artists take on a challenge by drawing one ink artwork a day the entire month. Therefore, some guidelines exist, which I’m not following, though. I prefer following my own ideas and daily impressions. Well, then… Today is the 11th of October – and these pictures above are my work so far. Do you … more

Nonverbal Expression in Animated Movies. With Timothy Reckart.

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Currently, I’m writing my master thesis about Nonverbal Expression in Animated Movies. Therefore, I will analyze some works, amongst others, Head Over Heels by Timothy Reckart. The animated short won lots of awards. 2013, it was even nominated for an Oscar. Not surprisingly, because of the sensitive story and its lovely realization in stop-motion. It beautifully shows the relationship of an elderly couple. For my thesis, I had some questions about the making of this short and I was very honored … more

Hot summer times

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Although it has been gotten really quiet at my blog lately, I have a lot of stuff going on during this hot summer times. My goal is to rise to even greater heights. First, in working really hard on our current animated short Fish for Life. And second, in terms of personal fitness and body strength. On the top of Austrian and Bosnian mountains With my brother and my best friend, I climbed the top of the Großer Priel in … more

The progress of Fish for Life

The development of Fish for Life made steady progress. Currently, I am working on the colors of the lighted renderings. The image above shows the yellow phase when Manolin falls asleep during the efforts of trying to make the big catch. The compositing was made by my colleague Victoria. For some months already I have been occupied with the colors of our new animated short as I mentioned in a previous post. Next steps The animation process is still going … more

The colors of Fish for Life

Currently, the development of Fish for Life takes great steps forward – check out all the colors from the recent renderings on the new blog entry at fishforlife-short.com. Giving the model its texture I’ve used Substance Painter. With this software, I am able to paint directly on the model. Afterward, the exporting texture maps build the foundation of the shading network in Maya. We’re rendering with V-Ray. And voilá – there they are. Beautiful pictures, giving you a little foretaste … more

‘Da Opa hoid’ at the screening of tricky women 2018

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Today our animated short Da Opa hoid / Just Grandpa will be showed in the screening of tricky women 2018. The Metro Kinokulturhaus shows it at 3 p.m. as part of the programme Österreich Panorama. As in a previous post mentioned, the story is about the grandpa of little Mina, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. Nevertheless, Mina always finds a creative explanation for the weird actions of her beloved grandpa. Doris Rastinger, Samantha Povolny and I worked on the 2d … more

Fish for Life. Introduction.

Our new project we have been working on since March 2017 is called Fish for Life, a 3d animated short. The story is based on the novel The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. We will bring the old classic into a new context. It’s a common situation taken from life: people reach a point where they can not go any further. They are digging themselves into an incredibly heavy burden position just to reach an impossible goal. … more

Pygmalion’s effect in animation

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In the course of another academic paper, I analyzed the Pygmalion’s effect in animation in modern, figural animated films. I set my focus on the transgression of the lifeless artefact to living fiction. Its forms of representation through materiality and medium fascinated me. The starting point of my work is Stoichitas’ book The Pygmalion-Effect. It focuses on 18th-century handicrafts and the Hitchcock movie Vertigo. My goal was to bring the Pygmalion effect in a new context through various animated film … more

The Female Figure in Marta Pajek’s Impossible Figures and Other Stories II – paper

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Two months ago I finished my paper about The Female Figure in Marta Pajek’s Impossible Figures and Other Stories II. The animated short focus the conflict between the rational and a subliminal sensitive meta-level based on sexuality, nature, and intuition. Metaphors and symbolism play an essential role, resulting in complex ways of interpreting. Because interpretation is subjective, my work gives an individual point of view. The theories of Jens Eder and Paul Wells were a fundamental basis of my analysis. … more

Da Opa hoid / Just Grandpa

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I am happy to present you the trailer of Da Opa hoid / Just Grandpa. The animated short is about the everyday confusion of a grandfather from the point of view of his granddaughter. Mina is always able to explain all his confused actions with the great imagination of a child. Making of This film was done in the winter semester 2016/2017 with my talented colleagues Doris Rastinger and Samantha Povolny. After designing, Doris modeled the settings with Autodesk Maya … more

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