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The making of Kalorien (Calories)
The film Calories was created during the one-week International Animated Film Workshop called ANIMA. I only made a few corrections and compositing subtleties after the animated film workshop.
In the run-up to the ANIMA I was desperately looking for a story that I could realize as an animation during the workshop. One night, after all the calories probably also worked straight through the night quietly in my closet, I had this idea.
Somehow sweets mostly play a role in my film ideas, probably because I can´t get enough of them. Crocheting small figures is another passion of mine and I wanted to bring one of my creations to life. I therefore decided to give my puppet animation a special look and so I started to design characters and props and crocheted them. It was quite complex. I crocheted this almost the whole week before the ANIMA.
For shooting, it was sometimes necessary to cheat a little. For example the chocolate toast at the beginning of the movie was shot in reverse. The chocolate was therefore not crocheted frame by frame onto the toast but split stitch by stitch and the scene finally played backwards.
|The complete sound design was created by Markus Pötschke, a very talented musician from Dresden, who set music to the films of the ANIMA participants for many years now.
|The Monster and also the Calories have an armature (bendy metal
skeleton) inside. That's why I sometimes thought I would break my
fingers while trying to crochet around the wire shape.
| I studied Media Communication in Chemnitz
and I´m working now at Sächsischer Kinder- und Jugendfilmdienst
e.V. This is the organizer of the SCHLINGEL International Film
Festival for Children and Young Audiences. Amongst other things,
I´m a member of the selection committee for animted short
films. If you are interested, you´ll find more information about
the festival in English here:
- Antje Gleißberg