the royal in baden was to be closed, luckily its status changes to under new management... there was a party on the 27th of may to honour the royal and i was invited to make a homage to its time along with other filmmakers. here's what i made!
with the awesome help of Olav Lervik!
trailer for the architektur preis kanton zürich.
for more information about the event check their site below:
Yeeeeha! merry christmas everyone!
hope y'all have a cosy time infront of a fireplace,
telly or table, with friends & family!
here we go again!
giving a workshop, screening the films, made a sponsor trailer and announcing films;
its back to switzerlands animation festival in baden - fantoche 2015!
would be great to see you there...
as of april
mmeeeoooww! this year i was invited to make the trailer for the short film night tour 2015 - and finally got to animate eyes & a cat! to which my man Olav gave its meow & sfx!
both him and i will be present at the zurich screenings on april 10th at the uto cinema. and you can come visit me again as i screen the films from the projectionists cabin in baden-wettingen on april 17th in the orient cinema - would be great to see you there!
once again i'm operating the prestigious reithalle cinema here for the solothurnerfilmtage. everythings very fancy as its their 50 year jubilee! they will also be showing the bellringer as part of a special animation program! (wednesday 28th, 12:00 in the “kino palace”) - and to top it all off the “Du” magazine have a special issue this month covering the event, and yours-truly got to do a little illustration for them (its on page 89!).
merry christmas everyone!
have a great time with tons of food, long sleep-ins and good "bad telly"!
2x 30sec / october 2014 / 2d animation
here are some small clips i made for the
composer school for film, theatre and media score!
staying authentic to the proceedings of a true director!
naughty & nice at fantoche
the elf is in fantoche's swiss competition nr. 2! i'll be running around doing all kind of things during the festival, would be great to see you there! see below for the screening times.
fantoche sponsor trailer 2014
for september 2014
jup! i've made another one… based on an illustration by Isabel Peterhans, i've gone disco (with super-sweet sound by Olav Lervik!) this is one of the trailers that will be screened before every film-block during the fantoche int. animation festival 2014.
july - august 2014
third time a char- erm… rain actually! july 2014 in switzerland has apparently been the most rainy in 50 years! nevertheless i was back operating this awesome open air cinema, which - due to the weather - has even bee prolonged by 4 day, just in case the sun wants to show itself! check out the program below:
3 wins at the jugendfilmtage!
jup! - in all of the winning films in the category B (youths till the age of 19) at the schweizer jugendfilmtage (www.jugendfilmtage.ch) i was pulling the strings!
hosting/tutoring the workshops in horgen and baar, the classes & myself produced two short cut-out animations (a violent cat killing of its family & a family swapping places with a prisoner) and a fake documentary film (on how to trade in and/or sell your children)! the festival ran from the 2nd-6th of april and not only did we score 1st, 2nd and 3rd, but even won the audience award! yyeee-HA!
below the link to the fake documentary "frisch fleisch" which was made in horgen together with crossfade productions… and stars me as a farmer!
for may 2014
for the zurich comedy clubs may production, i will be directing one of the two one-act plays! the story follows a hungover referee Howard, who is due to do his thing at a big game in azerbaijan, and the alluring interpreter Yellena, who attempts to blackmail him into giving the azeri team a penalty.
check the link for the flyer and the show runs from the 14th - 24th of may.
would be great to see you there!
operating solothurn - again!
once again i had the honours to screen films during the solothurner filmtage in the reithalle. its quite special being the chap in the cabin giving the audience their 90min entertainment! 2015 the festival will be celebrating its 50th anniversary - i'm sure we'll have have a run for our money with all kinds of film formats then!
elf in the papers!
december 6th 2013
holy sugarcane! the elf made the short film of the week on the day of his release!
check the link below for the tagesanzeiger online article...
vitra silent wall wins at klik!
holy silent sliding walls! our vitra spot won the award for best commissioned film at the klik international animation festival in amsterdam! yeeeha! wish i could have been there (they have remote controlled flying sharks there too…)!
don't dress for dinner
wow! our last show of "don't dress for dinner" finished on saturday the 16th of november, catering yet again to another sold out theatre! we had an amazing run, and once i regain some of my hours of lost sleep i'll be missing the show…
…already missing the incredible cast and fantastic team though!
for all of you who came to see the show, please check out the thank you card i made below!
fantoche sponsor trailer 2013
for those of you who couldn't visit fantoche this year: here my sponsor trailer that was shown in front of every screening. a big thanks to olav for his voice and audio mixing!
after krok i teamed up with barney and we hopped across the channel to bristol to represent ransom at the encounters film festival. apart from supporting the bandits we had a great time with our relatives and even visited stonehenge!
borderline wins at krok!
unbelievable! after an amazing 10 days on the boat down the dnieper from odessa to kiev, the guard even won the award ships-bell for best 5 - 10 minute film at the krok int. ani. festival 2013! it was an unforgettable experience and i shall always cherish the times
(oh, and the bell also doubles up as an upside-down goblet!)
vitra in annecy
the vitra silent wall clip shown as part of the commissioned films competition at the prestigious annecy int. ani. festival. it was great to meet up with friends, grab at burger at the pixar bbq and throw paper planes at the screen!
brilliant i was questioned by swiss television about being a cinema projectionist, as the screening of traditional 35mm film is now becoming a dying craft. below is a link to the article and broadcast. i don't share much wisdom, but a lot of enthusiasm!
ransom in stuttgart
the bandits, both in the film "ransom" and in real life (barney and myself) visited the stuttgart international animation festival. despite some technical difficulties we had a fun time at the festival, but a greater time meeting up with friends and filmmakers!
ransom in holland
i had a splendid time in utrecht at the holland animation festival!
not only did ransom find its audience, but i had a blast discovering the sights, sounds and smells - literally! the impressive views from the netherlands tallest dom, the tunes from the music museum and the authentic chips and mayonnaise. brilliant!
8th march 2013
holy bandits! ransom is the short-film of the week in the culture section of the tagesanzeiger online! it'll be viewable on their site for a limited time (7 days).
check it out and read the report (in german) by following the link below:
what a blast! 40 students and 3 weeks to make a short animated clip!
this fun filled workshop took place in the epac: the academy of contemporary arts in saxon. had a great time chaps! keep it up!
kliks for the guard
i finally ventured out to amsterdam! borderline was selected for the klik animation festival - the audience were given clickers to applaud with. pure genius! also one of the best trailers for a festival i have ever seen! follow the link below to see it.
borderline and trailers at animatou
it was a short and sweet visit to geneva. not only to support borderline but also visit the guys & gals from the school and see how their completed trailers worked on the big screen! it was a fantastic day, i was surprised by the close to perfect quality of the screenings, proud of the super trailers and chuffed by some awesome feedback!
the guard in romania
wow, what an incredible country! not only was bucharests anim'est festival a treat, but we even managed to squeeze in a visit to peles castle - the former kings summer get-away - and - the one and only bran castle - aka draculas castle! thats one off the bucket list!
ransom on the radio
ransom and its incredible behind-the-scenes story has been documented by the swiss radio! thanks to the films premiere at fantoche, the happenings behind the film
are finally going public.
the film is based on an invitation to a 10th anniversary party, that looks like a ransom note. this invitation - sent to business partners and friends - was taken literally. and the design company confronted with lawsuits had to cancel the party!
luckily the film has nevertheless been screened at the fantoche int. ani. film festival.
follow the link to the radios report and broadcasted sound file!
the guard in hiroshima
it was absolutely amazing! i had an incredible time at a marvelous festival. no real prizes won, but tons of fans loving the film, jury members expressing their admiration, and a full theatre laughing in all the right places during the screening - what more could i wish for?
top that off with chilling amoungst the greats such as peter lord, marv newland and lots of super newfound friends and animators, and a terrific location and breathtaking day trips - its been an unforgettable experience!
fantoche sponsor trailer 2012
this years fantoche is just around the corner! since 2005 i've been doing my part entering and introducing films... and since 2009: making a sponsor trailer. here's this years one. based on the illustration by anna sommer and with phil mccammon on sound design!
and dont forget: ransom will be screening in the swiss competition this year! so be sure to come! for more details check the link below
aarau one minute film festival
boy was it hot! i mean blistering hot! i know its probably nothing compared to deserts, but for switzerland it was probably the hottest weekend in years! concealing the sweat i still had a great time giving a workshop and presenting my work in the special program - and i was thrilled that the trailers made were well received!
special mention for borderline
wicked! borderline gets a special mention at the avanca film festival!
apparently the award ceremony is next year - cant wait to go pick it up!
open air cinema arbon
july - august 2012
i've settled in nicely now in switzerlands beautiful city of arbon. this is by far the best summer job i've ever had: i'm the operator of the open air cinema! set right by the bodensee lake i'm screening films, getting ideas, taking a swim, betting on pigs at wild boar races and much much more! if you have the time: stop by here, it's amazing!
below the cinema program till the 15th of august.
fc murmeli in the tagesanzeiger
jochen ehmann, myself and an incredible team made an epic short film of groundhogs playing football back in 2008! the tagesanzeiger newspaper seems to have dug it up
- its their short film of the week! follow the link below for the article:
had a fantastic event on saturday may 12th.
the audience had to shout themes and nadia stohler, simon libsig, beat gloor, beat sterchi and myself had to react with songs, texts and films! it was an awesome evening, and even the aargauer zeitung had something to say about it! check out the article!
thomas hunziker on borderline
thomas has done a review of borderline!
its been printed in the cinema magazine issue 57
or online at:
borderline wins at fantoche!
yyyyyeeeeha! the swiss audience award for borderline's first festival!
i was absolutely speechless! thanks to everyone who made it out there!
swiss radio and television blog
the fabulous michael brönnimann has written about me!
check it out via the links below: