Happy Smiles – Ulrich Gerhartz

Happy Smiles – Ulrich Gerhartz

Original title: Wir fahren in den Sonnenschein

Because staying at home is getting more and more boring, mother and daughter decide to take a trip to the beach.

This one’s for all quarantine and lockdown sufferers: Ulrich Gerhartz song “Happy Smiles” will take you from the couch to the beach in a scissors cut! The cut out sets in this video were entirely made of old packaging material received during lockdown period.

Animated music video

Idea & Direction: Monira Kamal
Music & Lyrics: Ulrich Gerhartz
Vocal: Elke Jochmann
Cast: Sophie Gerhartz, Anna Gast
Hand doubles: Rieka & Sibille
Production assistant: Sonia Seidel
Storyboard: Monira Kamal, Sandra Peise
Set Design, Cutout Animation: Monira Kamal
Character Design, 2D Animation: Sandra Peise
Post production: Monira Kamal
Sound Design & Mix: Arslan Akyüz


Festivals & Awards


Vesuvius International Film Fest, 25th edition:
Best Animated Short Movie


AniMate Australia: Finalist
Environmental Short Film Festival: Finalist


Festival Audiovisual Infantil y Juvenil, FICAIJ 12
Cartoon Club Rimini, 38. Edition
Festival of Animation Berlin, FAB 2022
Kinosaray Positive Film Festival
Zero Plus International Festival
Ambitus Film Festival
Toronto Animation Film Festival, TAAFI
MONSTRA Lisbon Animation Festival
Animatiba Festival Int’l de Animação de Curitiba


Behind the Scenes


They are colorful, flexible and always keep a stiff upper lip: Say hi to Gnubbels! Those little everyday helpers by Mr. Flint easily let you attach many items of everyday usage temporary without leaving traces.

Gnubbel was presented 2020 in the German TV Show “Das Ding des Jahres” on channel Pro Sieben and is awarded second place of 1000 inventions shown at TV show “Einfach Genial” on German channel MDR.

Animated Spot

Script & Direction: Adrian Künzel
Production: kamal-film
Camera, Edit, Grading, Design, 3D, Compositing: Monira Kamal
2D Animation: Monira Kamal, Maxi Alker
Performer: Finn Bauermeister
Props: Sumon Kamal
Voices: Kai Höregott, Manuel Poschadel, Danny Bruder, Monira Kamal
Sound Recording: Manuel Poschadel
Music & Sound Design: Danny Bruder

Film stills



Character Design


3D Rig & Scene Setup



An explainer to introduce the online platform BiOPEN, dedicated to supporting and accelerating the development and production of innovative bio-based products.

Explainer Film

Production: aboutAnna, Anna Parisa Ehsani
Music: Scattered Light | David Hilowitz
Responsibilities: Storyboard & Character Design


Storyboard & Character Design

Hansel & Gretel

Hansel & Gretel

Restaging of the famous fairytale opera by Engelbert Humperdinck, surprising the visitors with bizarre characters, contemporary downtown forrests and the usage of animated projections.

Animated scenery projection

Direction & Set: Christian Sedelmayer
Co-Set Designer: Sasha Röder
Responsibilities: Character design, 2D animation


Stills & Character Design


Valentine Godé-Darel and Ferdinand Hodler, the model and her artist, at the beginning of the last century in Vevey on Lake Geneva. Thinking aloud, Valentine reflects on her relationship to Ferdinand telling the true story of a deep and complicated love finding an end in Valentines early death.

Production of a trailer simulating a VR environment in 3D and pilot film produced in 360° video (equirectangular) and 360° fulldome.

Animated VR simulation trailer & 360° pilot film

Direction: Monira Kamal & Martina Widorski
Music: Kurt Widorski
Responsibilities: 2D/3D Animation, 360°/Fulldome implementation, 3D modeling (previs)

Presentation at Festival of Animation Berlin

Equirectangular / 360°

Fulldome / 360°


TeleSon required an energetic logo animation in combination with their key visual.

Animated logo & key visual

Production: zeal-film
Responsibilities: Conzept, Storyboard, Motion Graphics



For an employee presentation KU64 needed an inspiring logo and key visual animation, as well as a three dimensional floor plan visualization demonstrating their current building project.

Animated logo & floor plan

Production: zeal-film
Responsibilities: Motion Graphics, 3D Modeling & Animation, Compositing

Production Stills

Concept Art / Styleframes

Character Design

Hansel & Gretel

For this fairytale opera a group of cheeky teenage-angles was needed. They should look like lost children of an urban jungle, and give solace to to Hansel and Gretel with the song “Abendsegen” when they get lost in the big city, eventually falling down a drain hole in the street.

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Radha and Krishna – probably one of the oldest and most popular love stories of the Indian culture. Looking a little bit like Indian miniature paintings, the main characters of the short film “Bollyworld” should be a little different from what you would expect them to be: Krishna, being a little dare-devil and show-off, and Radha being not as naiive as you might think.

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Up with the Stars

A sad little girl is wandering through a nightly forrest. The silence, die animals of the forrest and a vision of a beloved person she has lost give are comforting. The figures were intentionally meant to be simple, contrasting the colorful and overwhelming night sky.

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More Character Designs