Variety is the spice of life… at least that’s what I’ve been told. We certainly have variety on our hands today as our host, Justin Johnson, doles out the awards for Best Music Video, Best Foreign Film, the Sick, Sick, Sick Award and the Joe Robot Award. That’s a lot of great content, so make sure you check the episode out. For now, here’s some info about the films and the filmmakers behind them!
Alexander Gellner is the creative man behind “Anfang Anzufangen”. This film takes home two wins - one for Best Foreign Film and another for Best Music Video. Working out of Berlin, Alex created this video for stonedeafproductions‘ song “Anfang Anzufangen”. The film is a combination of traditional animation, paper collage and stop motion. We got the chance to meet Alex when he was in town and he is one swell guy and much deserving of both of his awards!
Next up is “Respire, Mon Ami” from Chris Nabholz. Chris brings us some breathtaking (no pun intended) CG animation in this story of a child who befriends a severed head. This film is so simple in plot, yet funny and a truly good story, one has to wonder how Chris pulled it off. Well, no need to wonder! Chris documented a lot of the work that went in to “Respire, Mon Ami” on his blog. Dig through his posts here for some great info about the making of Respire Mon Ami.
Last, but certainly not least, is Mark Shirra’s “A Great Big Giant Robot From Outer Space Ate My Homework”. This film wins the “Longest Film Name” award - oh wait. No, it wins the “Joe Robot Award”! You see, we here at Channel Frederator are completely biased towards any cartoons featuring robots. Every year our staff picks our favorite film to win the “best use of a robot” category. Mark used his robots well in this film about a boy who’s lost his homework. I think we’ve all been in his shoes before, but he’s got a way better story than I ever had! - Carrie