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

Trailer


Festivals & Awards

Auszeichnungen

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

Nominierungen

AniMate Australia: Finalist
Environmental Short Film Festival: Finalist

Festivals

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

Stills


Behind the Scenes

Canvas City

Canvas City is a mobile, geodata-based AR multiplayer game for the educational sector. The game makes digitization with its various aspects of algorithms, Smart City, and new working models of digitization tangible and makes the dilemmas of technology use understandable.

Mobile AR Game

Client: basa e.V
Visual Design & Artwork: Jennifer Hicks
Responsibilities: Ingame video animation, Introvideo production, Teaser production


Full Game Credits here

Teaser

Ingame Video Animation

Introvideo

Gnubbel

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

Teaser

Styleframes

Character Design

Storyboard

3D Rig & Scene Setup


BiOPEN

BIOPEN

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

Explainer


Storyboard & Character Design

Valentine

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

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

Animated logo & key visual

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

Storyboard

KU64

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

3D Animation Reel

Let me introduce myself | 0’00

Monira Kamal, Clip
3D Character Animation, Lighting, Rendering
Rig: Mery by meryproject.com
Voice: Enu (English) from “Dreamfall Chapters”

Bollyworld | 0’24” / 1’31”

Monira Kamal, Graduation Film
2D/3D Animation, Idea & Direction, Storyboard, Character Design, Set Design, Modeling, Rigging, Rendering, Compositing

Package Whispers | 0’32” / 1’16”

UPS Logistics & Film University
2D/3D Animation, Idea & Direction, Storyboard, Illustration, Modeling, Rigging, Rendering, Compositing

Boxes | 0’40”

Charlotte Knodel, Short Film
3D Character Animation

Bakkar | 0’49”

Cairo Cartoon, TV Show Teaser
3D Character Animation

Crazy Christmas Trees | 0’58” / 1’10” / 1’26”

dyrdee Media/nickelodeon, TV Spot
3D Character Animation

Bend don’t Break | 1’07” / 1’29”

Pia Djukic, Short Film
3D Character Animation

Flamingo Pride | 1’14”

Tomer Eshed/Talking Animals, Short Film
3D Character Animation (Crowd)

Rising Hope | 1’18”

Milen Vitanov/Talking Animals, Short Film
3D Character Animation (Crowd & Journalists)

KINDSEIN – Ich sehe was, was du nicht siehst | 1’20”

Lilian Nix, Documentary
3D Modeling & Animation (Previs)

2D Animation Reel

Oben bei den Sternen | 0’04” / 1’17”

Anna-Marlene Bicking, Musik Video
Art Direction, 2D Animation, Storyboard, Illustration, Compositing

Wenn die Libellen fliegen (AT) | 0’14’

Documentary, Concept Trailer
conzept, 2D Animation

Bollyworld | 0’16” / 0’43” / 1’40”

Monira Kamal, Graduation Film
2D/3D Animation, Idea & Direction, Storyboard, Character Design, Set Design, Modeling, Rigging, Rendering, Compositing

Package Whispers |  0’23” / 0’48”

UPS Logistics & Film University
2D/3D Animation, Idea & Direction, Storyboard, Illustration, Modeling, Rigging, Rendering, Compositing

Wemmicks | 0’29”

Ephraim Peise, Musical
2D Animation (Bühnenbild)

Valentine | 0’34”

360° & Fulldome Trailer
Animation Conzept, 2D/3D Animation, Modeling, 360° Compositing

Bend don’t Break | 1’07” / 1’29”

Pia Djukic, Short Film
3D Character Animation

TeleSon | 0’54”

TeleSon, Logo & Key Visual Animation
Conzept, Storyboard, Motion Design, Particle Animation, Compositing

BALD – Nachrichten aus der Zukunft | 0’57” / 1’26”

Richard Westermaier, Short Film Satire
2D Design & Animation

KU64 | 1’09”

KU64, Logo & Key Visual Animation
Konzept, Motion Design, Particle Animation, 3D Animation, Compositing

EMPTY (AT) | 1’30”

Monira Kamal, Short Film
Idea & Direction, Storyboard, Camera, 2D Animation, VFX, Compositing

Wemmicks Scenery

A family musical, that presents the world of the Wemmicks – a folk of wooden figues. The original book “You are special” is written by Max Lucado and the realisation is made possible by private funding.

For the premiere show a digital version of the planned backdrop was made. With 2D animations on a screen above the stage the auditorium could see what the sets, backdrops and the changes of the scenery are intended to look like when they are built.

Animated Stage Scenery

Direction: Ephraim Peise
Set Design: Sasha Röder
Illustration (projection): Laura Oechel

Responsibilities: 2D Animation

Digital Set Animation


Event pictures