More Animations of the German Poets Project…

Januar 16th, 2014

And here is Irmgard Keun (‘Das kunstseidene Maedchen’) in the year 1940.
She is reading a newspaper announcing her own death. And as the Nazis suppose her to be dead she is taking a train back to Germany…

New Animations – The German Poets Project

Januar 15th, 2014

Here’s what I have done during the last three months of 2013:
- you might need a little patience for the Videos to appear -

Sample: Friedrich Schiller Animation
Angry Friedrich Schiller throwing a book…

I finished the Animation Series “Dichter Dran!” (for WDR) about six German poets. As there were:
Franz Kafka, Thomas Mann, J. W. Goethe, Friedrich Schiller, Heinrich Heine and Irmgard Keun.

When I started the animations I was still working with Flash.
But I had to realize that Flash pushed me to limits in this project: too inflexible was the program, too stiff the results…

So it soon became clear that I needed to enhance my usual technique (which is a mix of digital cutout animation and partial frame-by-frame animation) with the help of a better and more flexible program.
The final inspiration for the program that – hopefully – could do a better job for me, came from my collegue Alfred Neuwald, who had done some interesting, very smooth animations with a program called “Anime Studio” (by Smithmicro who also sells Manga Studio).

And although I normally would say that it’s no good idea to learn a new program while you’re in a running job, I made the decision to give Anime Studio a try.

Well, you can imagine it was a tough approach trying to learn and produce usable content the same time…
But in the end it was worth it. After the completion of Franz Kafka (Flash) and within Thomas Mann I completely switched to “Anime Studio Pro 9.5″.

Here are small Video samples of my favourite characters (the original sizes are 1920x1080px). I will show more samples soon…

Sample: Johann Wolfgang Goethe sitting in the Campagna, searching for ‘Tauris’

Sample: The aged Goethe realizing that ‘Tauris’ can’t be found…

(All artwork and animations by Heidi Kull)

My trainee’s final work

Juni 14th, 2013

For the last 2 weeks I welcomed 15 year old Larissa as a trainee.
She completed an internship by creating a fashion paper mannequin with two dresses, which I proudly present in this blog…


Trainee’s workplace

Proud Teacher and trainee


Whimsical Things Animation

Juni 6th, 2013

Things I’m working on at the moment:  The whimsical things that go on in Franz Kafka’s head…

This is the first part of an animation series that will be included in a film documentation about several German-language poets.