The Back Room

Puppet Animation
Co-directed with Michael Kren.
Black Screen. A door opens. Light from the inside illuminates the silhouette of a man.
2011

He enters an empty, run-down room. The view outside the single window reveals a sparse tree in front of a desolate city. Suddenly the door closes shut barring the only way out.

This animation originated as a music video for the Austrian band I am Cereals with the title Galaxy.

Directors
Mirjam Baker and Michael Kren

Executive Producer
Jodok Böhm

Animation
Mirjam Baker and Michael Kren

Camera and Lighting
Mirjam Baker and Michael Kren

Costume
Julian Cech

Puppet
Michael Ammer
Mirjam Baker
Wuli Pawlat

Armature
Michael Ammer

Set
Michael Ammer
Mirjam Baker

Additional Set
Manuel Corn
Michael Kren
Wuli Pawlat
Philip Schmallegger

Editing
Michael Kren

Storyboard
Mirjam Baker

Cast
Manuel Wagner

LED Light construction
Julian Baker

3D Previs
Felix Knoche

Color Correction and Grading
Ralf Woltron

Photoshop Retouch
Ralf Woltron

After Effects Retouch
Michael Kren

Additional After Effects Retouch
Mirjam Baker

Visual Effects
Christian Waldhofer

Amazing Helping Hand
Stefan Karner

Special Thanks to
Petra Buchmayer
Manuel Corn
Fachhochschule St. Pölten
Maria and Otmar Garschall
Steffi Gratzer
Jürgen Haas
Norbert Hackl
Vera Hartner
INK Music
Dieter Karner
Dr. Maximilian Kleinert
Daniel Kothenschulte
Friedl Kren
Martin Laumann
Daniel Letschka
Manfred Lotz
Gesine Richter
Martin Rotheneder
Jochen Russmann
Philip Schmallegger
Boris Steiner
Jessica Studer
Rosie Tomasch
Christian Waldhofer
Susanne Wastl
ZONE Media

Shot with Nikon provided by Nikon Austria.
Supported by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture: BMUKK

– In Limine Festival, Associazione IN-OLTRE onlus, 21.5.2018, Bergamo, Italy
– International Women’s Day at DasKino, Salzburg, 8.3.2018, Austria
– IX Krakow Summer Animation Days, 8.8.2017, Poland
– Austrian Cultural Forum London, 6.3.2014
– Under the Radar:”Release the Analog”, Symposium, 1.-2.3.2014, Vienna, Austria
– INVIDEO, 30.10.-4.11.2013, Milano, Italy
– Stoptrik IFF, 25.-27.10.2013, Niepolomice, Poland
– Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival, 18.-20.10.2013, Canada
– San Giò-Verona Video Festival, 23.-27. July 2013, Verona, Italy
– International Animation Festival Stuttgart, in Best of Animation, 25.4.2013, Germany
– Ciné-Jeune de l’Aisne 2013, 5.-12.4.2013, France
– Imago Festival Universidad de las Artes Havanna 2013, 27.-30.3.2013, Cuba
– Tehran International Animation Festival 2013, 3.-7.3.2013, Iran
– Clermont- Ferrand International Film Festival, 1.-9.2.2013, France
– Stuttgarter Filmwinter 2013,10.-13.1.2013, Germany
– Animateka 2012, 3.-9. December 2012, Ljubljana, Slovenia
– Exground Filmfest 2012, 23.+24. November 2012, Wiesbaden, Germany
– Istanbul Animation Festival 2012, 20.-25. November 2012, Turkey
– DOK Leipzig 2012, 31.10.+1.11.2012, Germany
– London International Animation Festival 2012, 29. 10. 2012, UK
– Valladolid Inernational Film Festival 2012, October 2012, Spain
– Sydney International Animation Festival 2012, October 2012, Australia
– Hiroshima International Animation Festival 2012, August 2012, Japan
– CICDAF, Changzhou, August 2012, China
– Anima Mundi, July 2012, Sao Paulo/Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
– Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival, July 2012, South Korea
– Vienna Independent Shorts, June 2012, Austria
– Annecy, June 2012, Annecy, France
– MIAF, June 2012, Melbourne, Australia
– ITFS, May 2012, Stuttgart, Germany
– CinemaNext Filmnight, April 2012, Austria
– Diagonale, March 2012, Graz, Austria
– Tricky Women, March 2012, Wien, Austria
– One Day Animation Festival, November 2011, Wien, Austria
– Fantoche, September 2011, Baden, Switzerland

Lobende Erwähnung des Programdirektors bei Stoptrik IFF 2013, Niepolomice, Polen
Künstlerhauspreis, im Zuge des Hubert-Sielecki-Preises, Wien, Mai 2012
Marx Media Vienna Preis im Zuge von Content Award, dotiert mit 10.000 Euro, Wien, November 2011
Hubert-Sielecki-Preis  “Bester österreichischer Animationsfilm” im Zuge von Tricky Women Festival, Wien, März 2012

 

 

Categories