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German Animation Screenplay Award 2013

Kara’s script received the first Special Mention in the history of the German Animation Screenplay Award this year at the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film. A big thank you to the jury members and the festival for their consideration and going out of their way to recognize Kara! This came in the mail today

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Emek Sinemasi – “Once there was one, then there was none”

When I started writing Kara, I had imagined one day I would sit in Emek Sinemasi and watch the film that has this cinema and the surrounding Cercle d’Orient building at its heart. A film that remembers the days I spent in this building above the cinema, watching films through the tiny window of its

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It’s a wrap!

Ok, so this is a big moment for us…After presenting work-in-progress on the teaser at Cartoon Movie, which went really well and the emotional reaction we received was more than we could have hoped for, we jumped right back into the shoot. We still had two set ups to get through, one of them being

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Kara at Cartoon Movie

We’re happy to be among the selected projects at Cartoon Movie this year and we’re taking a little break from the shoot to present our film in Lyon in a few days. Having wrapped the longest (1700 frames!) and most complicated shot of the teaser just yesterday, I am looking forward to seeing the footage

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Landscape style frames

I am always in awe of what Anne manages with a few brushstrokes (I’ll probably get a call from her about this little word “few” in here…) Anyway, here are some “rough” style frames she prepared as guidance for compositing and matte painting from the landscape set we recently shot.  

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Highway to Istanbul – II

“A lonely bus travels on an inter-city highway under a crescent moon.” How much work can such an innocent sounding sentence from the script create, you might ask. Well, here is the answer: a round-up of the 2.5 weeks of shoot on the ‘landscape’ set. (And this is excluding the set and prop building…which we

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Moving onto something moving.

The road from the inspirational drawings to designs to armatures and puppet making on Kara and Mr. Fleas have been long and winding but here are two pieces of test animation that makes it all worth while. It is very rewarding to see how beautifully the puppets move in the hands of our great animators.

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Marionette Theater round up

It’s about 1 am in Hamburg, Germany and I stand in the studio as I write this post. It’s been non-stop for our small but fine team for the last few weeks and there is no end in sight just yet…so I have to squeeze in a quick update between lighting and camera and s3d

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Quick update from the studio – we’re shooting!!

It’s been a hell of a couple of weeks, but finally the Milo is standing in the studio – big thank you to Knut Lange -, our first set Marionette Theater has been set up and our wonderful animator Juan Soto is creating some magic. The first shot of the teaser is nearly done and

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It was the summer I got fleas…

Hello world! Here we will share with you our journey on our new stop motion feature in development. You will hear directly from me and some of our very talented team members. We are not professional bloggers (this being my very first post ever) but filmmakers. So hope you’ll overlook the small snafus and enjoy

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