Noch eine DichterInnen- Animation / more of the German Poets Project…

Noch eine DichterInnen-Animation: Irmgard Keun (‘Das kunstseidene Mädchen’) auf der Zugfahrt nach Deutschland im Jahr 1940.
Sie liest eine Zeitung, die von ihrem eigenen Tod berichtet. Und da die Nazis sie für tot halten, fährt sie von Belgien zurück nach Deutschland…

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…

Neue Dichter Animationen – New Animations: German Poets

Für die Dokumentarfilmreihe “Dichter Dran!” (Schulfernsehen, WDR) habe ich in Zusammenarbeit mit Florianfilm (Köln) mehr als 20 animierte Illustrationen zu 6 deutschsprachigen Dichtern erstellt.

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

Sample: Friedrich Schiller Animation

Angry Friedrich Schiller throwing a book…


Die Poeten waren: Franz Kafka, Thomas Mann, J. W. Goethe, Friedrich Schiller, Heinrich Heine und Irmgard Keun.

When I started the animations I was still working with Flash.

But it 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. So I did most of the animations with the program “Anime Studio” (by Smithmicro who also sells Manga Studio).

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)

Whimsical Things Animation

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.

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20 years ago: Beloved Murderer!

In 1992 this Super 8 animation of mine, Beloved Murderer!, was screened at the Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco.
I haven’t seen it myself for years, so I’m very glad that it recently was relaunched within the new “Frameline Voices” project which makes over 80 films free and available to wider audiences via YouTube and Vimeo.