the swiss animationÂ association (GSFA)Â turned 50 this year! over 100 artists/animators came together, formed 16 teams and created a 40min animated omnibus -Â and iÂ was part of it! follow the link below to the films homepage.
the entire film shall premiere during the animatou animation festival in geneva on the 11th of october. would be amazing if you could make it there! there's a link to the event below.
i'm looking to enter/postÂ my contribution - titled "happy birthday" (for obvious reasons) to other festivals and occasions, and of course on the site in due time.
my newÂ short film is animated! movements, layouts &Â characters all doing what they are suposed to.Â Yael SchÃ¤rer,Â Jotha Wuest and myself were on the drawing-boards from late spring till summer and i couldn't be happier with the tremendous work we've produced.
more to come soon!
iÂ know its been a while, it was worth it: starting next year, productionÂ kicks off for my new animated short!Â teasing with the image above: it's a story about an electrician - more to follow soon.Â i'm thrilled to close off this amazing year with this news and
can't wait to share this one with you.
finally! as part of the collective swiss animated shorts, the guard joins the VOD program! supporting us, you can now rent or purchase borderline!
just follow the link below!
take care and looking forward to sharing
the new developments on my films with you soon!
the royal in baden was to be closed, luckily its status changes to under new management... there was a party on the 27th of may to honour the royal and i was invited to make a homage to its time along with other filmmakers. here's what i made!
with the awesome help of Olav Lervik!
trailer for the architektur preis kanton zÃ¼rich.
for more information about the event check their site below:
here we go again!
giving a workshop, screening the films, made a sponsor trailer and announcing films;
its back to switzerlands animation festival in baden - fantoche 2015!
would be great to see you there...
as of april
mmeeeoooww! this year i was invited to make the trailer for the short film night tour 2015 - and finally got to animate eyes & a cat! to which my man Olav gave its meow & sfx!
both him and i will be present at the zurich screenings on april 10th at the uto cinema. and you can come visit me again as i screen the films from the projectionists cabin in baden-wettingen on april 17th in the orient cinema - would be great to see you there!
once again i'm operating the prestigious reithalle cinema here for the solothurnerfilmtage. everythings very fancy as its their 50 year jubilee! they will also be showing the bellringer as part of a special animation program! (wednesday 28th, 12:00 in the âkino palaceâ) - and to top it all off the âDuâ magazine have a special issue this month covering the event, and yours-truly got to do a little illustration for them (its on page 89!).
merry christmas everyone!
have a great time with tons of food, long sleep-ins and good "bad telly"!
2x 30sec / october 2014 / 2d animation
here are some small clips i made for the
composer school for film, theatre and media score!
staying authentic to the proceedings of a true director!
july - august 2014
third time a char- ermâ¦ rain actually! july 2014 in switzerland has apparently been the most rainy in 50 years! nevertheless i was back operating this awesome open air cinema, which - due to the weather - has even bee prolonged by 4 day, just in case the sun wants to show itself! check out the program below:
3 wins at the jugendfilmtage!
jup! - in all of the winning films in the category B (youths till the age of 19) at the schweizer jugendfilmtage (www.jugendfilmtage.ch) i was pulling the strings!
hosting/tutoring the workshops in horgen and baar, the classes & myself produced two short cut-out animations (a violent cat killing of its family & a family swapping places with a prisoner) and a fake documentary film (on how to trade in and/or sell your children)! the festival ran from the 2nd-6th of april and not only did we score 1st, 2nd and 3rd, but even won the audience award! yyeee-HA!
below the link to the fake documentary "frisch fleisch" which was made in horgen together with crossfade productionsâ¦ and stars me as a farmer!
elf in the papers!
december 6th 2013
holy sugarcane! the elf made the short film of the week on the day of his release!
check the link below for the tagesanzeiger online article...
vitra silent wall wins at klik!
holy silent sliding walls! our vitra spot won the award for best commissioned film at the klik international animation festival in amsterdam! yeeeha! wish i could have been there (they have remote controlled flying sharks there tooâ¦)!
don't dress for dinner
wow! our last show of "don't dress for dinner" finished on saturday the 16th of november, catering yet again to another sold out theatre! we had an amazing run, and once i regain some of my hours of lost sleep i'll be missing the showâ¦
â¦already missing the incredible cast and fantastic team though!
for all of you who came to see the show, please check out the thank you card i made below!
borderline wins at krok!
unbelievable! after an amazing 10 days on the boat down the dnieper from odessa to kiev, the guard even won the award ships-bell for best 5 - 10 minute film at the krok int. ani. festival 2013! it was an unforgettable experience and i shall always cherish the times
(oh, and the bell also doubles up as an upside-down goblet!)
brilliant i was questioned by swiss television about being a cinema projectionist, as the screening of traditional 35mm film is now becoming a dying craft. below is a link to the article and broadcast. i don't share much wisdom, but a lot of enthusiasm!
ransom in stuttgart
the bandits, both in the film "ransom" and in real life (barney and myself) visited the stuttgart international animation festival. despite some technical difficulties we had a fun time at the festival, but a greater time meeting up with friends and filmmakers!
8th march 2013
holy bandits! ransom is the short-film of the week in the culture section of the tagesanzeiger online! it'll be viewable on their site for a limited time (7 days).
check it out and read the report (in german) by following the link below:
what a blast! 40 students and 3 weeks to make a short animated clip!
this fun filled workshop took place in the epac: the academy of contemporary arts in saxon. had a great time chaps! keep it up!
ransom on the radio
ransom and its incredible behind-the-scenes story has been documented by the swiss radio! thanks to the films premiere at fantoche, the happenings behind the film
are finally going public.
the film is based on an invitation to a 10th anniversary party, that looks like a ransom note. this invitation - sent to business partners and friends - was taken literally. and the design company confronted with lawsuits had to cancel the party!
luckily the film has nevertheless been screened at the fantoche int. ani. film festival.
follow the link to the radios report and broadcasted sound file!
the guard in hiroshima
it was absolutely amazing! i had an incredible time at a marvelous festival. no real prizes won, but tons of fans loving the film, jury members expressing their admiration, and a full theatre laughing in all the right places during the screening - what more could i wish for?
top that off with chilling amoungst the greats such as peter lord, marv newland and lots of super newfound friends and animators, and a terrific location and breathtaking day trips - its been an unforgettable experience!
fantoche sponsor trailer 2012
this years fantoche is just around the corner! since 2005 i've been doing my part entering and introducing films... and since 2009: making a sponsor trailer. here's this years one. based on the illustration by anna sommer and with phil mccammon on sound design!
and dont forget: ransom will be screening in the swiss competition this year! so be sure to come! for more details check the link below
aarau one minute film festival
boy was it hot! i mean blistering hot! i know its probably nothing compared to deserts, but for switzerland it was probably the hottest weekend in years! concealing the sweat i still had a great time giving a workshop and presenting my work in the special program - and i was thrilled that the trailers made were well received!
thomas hunziker on borderline
thomas has done a review of borderline!
its been printed in the cinema magazine issue 57
or online at:
borderline wins at fantoche!
yyyyyeeeeha! the swiss audience award for borderline's first festival!
i was absolutely speechless! thanks to everyone who made it out there!