The Sausage Run

A Zoetrope Fairy Tale

This 10-minutes cartoon film tells the tragic story of a little lamb with the help of multiple Zoetropes, loosely based on the well-known Grimm’s fairy tale ‘Little Red Riding Hood’.

The roles of the humans and animals are exchanged. The human characters of the fairy tale are depicted in the film as anthropomorphic animals. The animal in the story, the big bad wolf, is a human being.

 

‘Little Red Riding Hood’s’ family consists of the mother sheep, the lamb (Little Red Riding Hood) and a grandfather sheep. The forester and his wife are dogs with a soft spot for sausages. The wolf, a butcher, is a man with a serious problem. He has run out of meat.

 

The story takes place in Zoetropes, which are historical optical and rather primitive devices that display sequences of drawn images in motion. These devices are an invention from the 19th century (around 1834) and a forerunner of film technology.
Zoetropes bring figures drawn on a strip of paper to life as if by magic. These show simple, repetitive movements of one second such as walking, waving, hopping, opening and closing, etc.

How do I tell a story with a Zoetrope?

Since my Spinning Animation Workshops I’m fascinated by the hypnotic impact of Zoetropes. I developed a performance, which presents the workshop results in an audio-visual live show on eight optical devices like Zoetropes to the public, which I call The Spinning Animation Show.

 

While working on my workshops I came up with the question: How do I tell a story with Zoetropes?

 

End of 2016 Paul Driessen, my former teacher and professor of animation, and I decided to develop a story for my new film, which can be told by Zoetropes. The fairy tale LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD seemed to be perfect for us. With it we could play with animation cycles like walking through the woods, looking out the window, saying goodbye at the door, looking at grandpa’s hut etc..

 

Doing things again and again defines the storyline in THE SAUSAGE RUN, which poses the critical question, how much of our unconscious habits and common expectations determines our live.

Special Recommendation

Certificate: “especially commendable”, German Film Quality Assessment Board (FBW), Germany

www.fbw-filmbewertung.com/film/the_sausage_run

Suitable for ages 6+

Voluntary Self-Regulation Organization of the German Film Industry (FSK)

Funding and Sponsors

The Flanders Audiovisual Fund

The German State Film Funding

The Hessian Film Funding

Federal Government for Cultural Affairs and Media

Thomas Stellmach

about 140 crowdfunders

Awards

Grand Prix – The Golden Kuker Award, Golden Kuker Sofia, International Animation Film Fest, 25th – 29th May 2022

 

Animation Award, best storyteller, Mediawave Festival, 4th – 7th May 2022, Hungary

 

Certificate: “especially commendable”, German Film Quality Assessment Board (FBW), Germany

 

Second Prize, best animation, 17th Athens Animfest, competition, 17-20 March 2022, Greece

 

First Prize, best humorous film, T-Short Animated Film Online Festival 2022, Humorous Shorts Competition,

Karlsruhe, March 10 till March 27, 2022

 

Jury’s Choice Award, Thomas Edison Film Festival, USA, 11 February – 31 December 2022.

The film has received an Award and will take part at the 41st Annual Touring Season – 2022. The TEFF Jury’s Choice is a prestigious award for extraordinary films that have pushed boundaries, told important stories, and raised the bar for film as an art form.

Credits

director
THOMAS STELLMACH

 

producer
THOMAS STELLMACH, Thomas Stellmach Animation

IGNACE COLLIN, Epeios Productions

 

story
PAUL DRIESSEN

www.pdriessen.com
THOMAS STELLMACH

 

music
BEO BROCKHAUSEN

www.beomusik.de

 

character design
JANEK CZECHOWSKI

 

background design
AIKE ARNDT (illustration)
THOMAS STELLMACH (colouring)

 

character animation
NANCY BENS
KRIS VAN ALPHEN

additional animation
DELIA KROHMER

 

gaping, colouring, shading
CHRISTINA DIX

DELIA KROHMER

 

3d-modelling / animation
MARTIN SCHMIDT, Raumkapsel GbR

raumkapsel.space

 

compositing
THOMAS STELLMACH

 

foley and sound recording, editing and surround mix
CHRISTIAN WITTMOSER

 

dramaturgical advisor
PAUL DRIESSEN

 

copyright 2021
THOMAS STELLMACH ANIMATION

EPEIOS PRODUCTIONS

Festivals

Plein la Bobine Film Festival, La Bourboule 15  to 20 May 2022, France

 

62nd Zlín Film Festival – International Film Festival for Children and Youth, 26 May – 1 June 2022, Czech Republic

 

40th Ciné-Jeune de l’Aisne, Laon, 22 March to 15 April, France

 

Animafest Zagreb 2022, panorama program, 06-11 June 2022, Croatia

 

22nd Landshut Short Film Festival, 27 April – 2 May 2022, Germany

 

49th Athens International Film + Video Festival, Ohio, 1-7 April 2022, USA

 

CINELEBU | Festival Internacional de Cine de Lebu, competition, 11-19 February 2022, Chile

 

Regensburg’s Week of Short Films, German competition, 18 – 27 March 2022, Germany

 

MONSTRA – Lisboa Animation Festival, competition, 16- 27 March 2022, Portugal

 

Flickerfest 31st International Short Film Festival, FlickerKids showcase programme out of competition, 21- 30 January 2022, Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia

 

44th Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, Youth Audience Competition, 24 January – 5 February 2022, France

 

32th Bamberg‘s Days of Short Films, 24-30 January 2022, Germany

Duration

9:45 minutes

Director

Thomas Stellmach

Producer

Thomas Stellmach, Ignace Collin

Production

Thomas Stellmach Animation and EPEIOS Productions, Belgium, 2021

Technique

mainly 2D animation, partly 3D animation

Film format

mp4 1080p stereo, prores 1080p stereo or 5.1, DCP 2K 5.1

Film trailer

Category
Short Film
Tags
fairy tale, Thomas Stellmach, cartoon animation, zoetrope, meat, sausage run, Little Red Riding Hood, short film