The KLIK-Festival in Amsterdam shows one episode of our mini series “Trude’s Flatmate” today 5:30 p.m. If you can’t make it on such a short notice you’ll have another chance to watch it there on Saturday, November 8th at 6 p.m. The episode features a big, yellow shovel excavator! Don’t miss it!
On Sunday as part of the children’s show Siebenstein our very first shortfilm “Torvald und der Tannenbaum” will be shown at 10:35 am on KiKa in HD.
Have a HAPPY CHRISTMAS everyone!
This is Sue Goffe and Grant Orchard. They hold a BAFTA! They won it a week ago for their beautiful “A Morning Stroll”. We send our very belated, hearty Congratulations to these two and all their colleagues at studio aka. Well done, well deserved! Everyone here at studio soi has their fingers crossed for coming sunday!
The “Little Boy and the Beast”, directed by Johannes Weiland and Uwe Heidschötter, has been awarded as Best European Animated Short in Sopot, Poland on September 15th. We feel very honored. Many, many thanks to the jury! To be in a group with Verena Fels’ “Mobile”, Damian Nenow’s “Paths of Hate”, André Bergs’ “Pivot”, David O’Reilly’s “The External World” and finally Jakob Schuh’s and Max Lang’s film “The Gruffalo” is really special.
“Princess Painting” and the “Gruffalo” were very well received at the “Goldener Spatz” German Children’s Film and Media Festival in Erfurt and Gera. At the closing ceremony last Friday this lead to a special “award for innovation” for Studio Soi. Klaus Morschheuser and Jakob Schuh proudly accepted the award and felt very honored by the jury’s words:
FMX and ITFS have ended, and we had a blast meeting all you wonderful people and watching some fantastic programmes with you.
Thanks for having us and thanks to all the friendly visitors who managed to drop by the studio and say hello.
The „Princess’ Painting“ received a special mention by the children’s jury. We feel honored and are happy that the film could be screened various times throughout the festival.
See you all again next year!
Our latest shortfilm “Princess’ Painting”, directed by Klaus Morschheuser and Johannes Weiland, will be screened at this year’s ”International Trickfilmfestival Stuttgart” on the following five occasions:
11:00 am at Metropol 1, KinderSpezial
10.00 am at Metropol 1, KinderSpezial
08.30 & 10.00 am at Metropol 1, KinderSpezial
01.00 pm at Gloria 2, BW-Rolle
02.30 pm at Metropol 1, competition T.F.K
Both the film’s directors will be present at the festival and we’re all looking forward to the event. Hope to see you all you all in Stuttgart!
There was a nice article by Peter-Philipp Schmitt about Jakob & the Gruffalo in Saturday’s issue of Germany’s paper “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” (Deutschland und die Welt, page 8).
„Der Grüffelo“ is finally available on DVD in Germany. The DVD is bilingual, so you have the opportunity to listen to Christian Ulmen, Heike Makatsch, Edgar Selge, Otto Sanders and all the other German voices or you pick the original English cast.
Gruffalo crumble or rather some Grüffellogrütze? It’s up to you now.
After 10 months of production the very last frame of our new short “Princess Painting” was rendered yesterday. The film produced for German broadcaster ZDF was directed by Klaus Morschheuser and Johannes Weiland, written by Marcus Sauermann and designed by Uwe Heidschoetter. “Princess Painting” already has been chosen to be screened at Germany’s children’s film festival Goldener Spatz as well as the Trickfilmfest Stuttgart. So, come to Germany to be be one of the first to watch the fairytale about a spoiled, little princess and her ambitions as a painter.
Today, Dec 24th, at 10.40 am on ZDF: “The Gruffalo / Der Grüffelo” with Heike Makatsch, Christian Ulmen, Otto Sander, Edgar Selge and Gerd Voss! Happy Holidays / Frohe Weihnachten to you, from all of us here at studio soi !
Above, another interesting comparison between storyboards and final film, this time from the dramatic first encounter between the Mouse and his imaginary friend (spoiler alert). Below, because it’s christmas, an extra helping of Neil Ross‘ fantastic colourwork for the Lake (top and middle) and the Snake Sequence (bottom).
Throughout the production of “The Gruffalo” we felt very lucky to be able to approach both Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, the book’s author and its illustrator, for their advice. Early on, Axel graciously supplied us with a series of beautiful drawings of the film’s then potential sidecharacters, many of which -to our fault- didn’t make it into the film. One though, the toad, became a much beloved cast member to us (see him in action here). Top: Initial design for the toad by Axel Scheffler. Below: Modelsheet by Max Lang. Bottom: Final model by Wolfram Kampffmeyer and Felix Schaller.
Watch “The Gruffalo” on Dec. 24th, 10.40 am on ZDF and on Dec 25th, 04.30 pm on the BBC.