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Uploaded on Sep 30, 2009

An animator tries to convince his wife that he has a feasible strategy to survive the financial crisis.

Animated shortfilm by Markus Wende, Berlin, Germany (www.animationsfilm.de)
Digital 2D animation, 5'00'', b/w, 16:9, stereo, Germany 2009

Director: Markus Wende
Story, Animation, Realisation:Markus Wende
Voice Actors: Elli Fritze, Matthias Ransberger
Guest Animators: Stefanie Bokeloh, Ulf Grenzer, Jan Utecht
Sound Design And Music: Michael Stapper
Voice Recording: Enrico Baitz - Tonbüro Berlin

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The Animator's Way of Surviving the Crisis
Facing the impending financial crisis, an animator and his wife start arguing about their financial situation.

Technically, The Animator's Way of Surviving the Crisis" accomplishes a 100% reproduction of traditional animation techniques a digital movie with the special magic of pencil and paper.

It describes the dilemma that media creators have to face in these times of crisis: Even though they are trained to work creatively at their computer around the clock, they may find themselves totally helpless when practical skills are required.
In a crisis, what does a person have to offer who is well versed in nothing but the use of pen and paper?! The romantic ideal imagines the artist to reach top form when faced with a crisis. but reality looks quite different ...

"The Animator's Way of Surviving the Crisis" depicts the contradiction between romantic ideal and grim reality in a humorous way. Again and again, the art of drawing becomes the focal point of the narrative, being advertised as magic bullet against every problem. This ideal becomes increasingly absurd and lacks any foundation in reality in much the same way in which this film is not really drawn with a pencil or on paper. Nevertheless, the end shows a clear tendency to trust in the power of creativity to overcome real obstacles.

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