03/23/16

I got mail

A postman knocked on my door theses days to propose a little exchange: my signature against his promising looking envelope. Ok, at first it didn’t look that appealing and I was rather trying to remember any acts from my part, that would justify that amount of paperwork. But quickly it turned out the nature of the shipment was entirely positive. The dear people of ANIMA, Festival International de Animación de Córdoba/ Argentina had sent a catalogue. How takes the pain of sending catalogues for a 12 minute appearance in the world panorama section these days? Well, they do! And even better, the catalogue is a box of many dozen of postcards as you can see. Funnily we share the postcard with David Buob from my hometown Dresden. Cheers David and many thanks to Argentina.

03/1/16

WTB and the Oscars

Sorry to misguide you, no coincidence set us close to the ceremony at the Dolby Theatre. Still Watching the Ball won a nice little price with a long name just a couple of days before the Oscars- Brazilian international student animation festival “Animarte!” gave us the first prize for best professional sport film.
Very proud about the prize and very sorry to be in freezing Berlin instead of summery Brazil.

02/23/16

WTB at Offside

No, we haven’t been closer to the opponents’ goal line than both the ball and the second-to-last opponent. We just happen to be invited to Offside Football Festival and WTB will be screened at the closing ceremony march 13 in Barcelone.

12/16/15

FCB and WTB

While WTB is nowadays a widely known abreviation for Watching the Ball, many are unshure what FCB stands for. Some opt for Feedback Control Bypass, wile others think of obscure football clubs like FC Barcelone or FC Bayern. And there is also the FC Basel, which will be in focus at the starting day of football film festival Flutlicht in Basel on friday, 15th january. Which takes us back to WTB, that will be screened two days later in the shortfilm section of Flutlicht.

11/16/15

Watching The Ball in Brasil

Certainly among the top teams in soccer, Brasil is now also among the screening countries for WTB. Short film festival animarte! is dedicated to animation films and student audience and will screen in December Brasilian and International shorts in Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba. It would be so nice to be there, but unfortunately it’s just so much “not around the corner” :(

09/10/15

Middle East Premiere


Two days left and 3rd filmfestival in Duhok is a thing of the past. But not before on the last day of the festival will be middle eastern premiered and without doubt seed a glorious Kurdish football tradition:)

08/21/15
Sarajevo

Bosnian animation in Sarajevo


Sarajevo, great hometown of the well known Ivan Ramadan (or vice versa) hosts each year the most important film festival of the Balkans. Which makes the vibrating city for one week even more buzzing. Very handy to know an approved local guide to it’s bars and night places. Btw, Watching the ball was screened at noon, as only animation film at the Bosnian shortfilm section with some hundred people in the audience. Glad to be there!

08/15/15

Parkflimmern


“Parkflimmern”- a German word creation maybe best translated as ‘Flickering in the park’ screens today a fine selection of shortfilms featuring our multinationalcultural collaboration. The event takes place at Parkclub in Fürstenwalde, a townlet north of Berlin.

08/6/15

New continents

Happy to announce the south american premiere! As part of the world panorama slot our story of football and desaster will be screened at Anima Córdoba in Argentina in september. And we will also be in Russia at Krok Festival and in Greece (3rd festical in Greece) at Be There in Korfu! Be There:)

07/16/15

Festivals, Poster

Tatiana Moshkova designed our cool new poster that we’ll be more than eager to use at Sarajevo IFF in august and Duhok IFF in September, where Watching The Ball is screened next. See for yourself…..

07/1/15

Cartoon Club

Watching The Ball is selected for Cartoon Club Award which is a part of the Cartoon Club Rimini from 17th to 20th July in Rimini/Italy. Yeah!

03/25/15

Impressions from 11mm in Berlin

Astro Turf instead of the usual red carpet and a coaching bench in front of the cinema. Welcome to a festival that’s all around watching the ball in cinema ;-)
As quite a view people of the crew are from Berlin, the festival was a nice opportunity to gather and rehearse positioning for a good wall. Ready for the next free kick…

03/18/15

Athens! Marathon!

In an epic struggle against sensory overload of their visual cortex, the audience at Athens Animafest Animation Film Festival 2015 will face Watching The Ball (among approximately 250 other animation shorts) at the Marathon section from 26th to 31st of March. Know your limits and don’t forget drinking (water, what else…..)

03/16/15

Return to start. Watching The Ball is screened at Filmfest Dresden.

Finally: Five years (!) after the first meeting we come back to the point of origin and celebrate the completion of Watching The Ball and the great hospitality of Filmfest Dresden and the Exchange Forum. Big Thanks to Annegret Richter and Lars Meyer for their restless support during the years.

At Dresden the film is part of the programme “Cinema Roulette”(Thursday, 16th April 2015) which will be screened in  a former casino and betting office with a unique character.

09/20/14

Premiere!

After 4 years, 5 month and estimated 27 days we will premiere the film at DOK Leipzig. We are really happy to show the film for the first time at world’s oldest festival for documentary films with their renowned animation programme. Looking forward to the 29th october…

 

09/12/14

Watching The Ball in the mix

No time for ping-pong:(  While sound postproducion facility Basis Berlin features exquisite possibilities for playing table tennis,we were far to bussy using it’s equally superb features for sound mixing to make Watching the Ball a real aural candy. After spending two days in the mix we left very pleased, with a farewell match on the table.

05/27/13

Redesign of an old friend

The third time’s the charm. The actual and final redesign brings new traits of character to the old football buff. He is at the same time more excited and fragile than in previous versions. The reduction in colours and clear lines helps to focus on the animation and the story.

12/27/12

New Monster Scenes


Tatiana Moshkova made new backgrounds and scenes in beautiful watercolour tones- ready to be destroyed by the raging football monster. See some stills from the new material.

 

 

12/14/12

Iron and Fire

What does a super do in his spare time? He has to focus. He has to do what needs to be done. And so Iron man skillfully prepares his dress while his city in the background is devasted by a (paper) firestorm. What can you do? If YOUR super-power would be ironing, what would you YOU do?

 

09/16/10

Script writing multinational

With Watching the Ball being an episode film about the problems of watching football, what is needed in the first place, obviously is some good episodes. For inspiration we started a bit before that point and asked ourselves: In which places and situations people use to see football matches? And more interestingly: in which conditions they regularly don’t, but the possibility would be there nevertheless? So  immediately we had a start: public transport, prison, home in the midst of marital problems, a bar and a cab: our first scenes.