Here is a quick first animation test with the newly layouted football fans- or rather with one of them. The sound is just a layout, featuring Marracash First Session Orchestra ‘s frontman Joe La Baloue.
We are working on the design of the football fans for the monster-story in Watching the ball. After a current break in the city, rioting football fans become so intense in their rage that they form a monster and doom is at hand. But how much individuality do we allow the fans that become part of something else? That’s the main question we are trying to find out in the layout drafts.
One year after our first meeting in Dresden, a part of the team is back for the 10th annual exchange forum where participants of the nine precedent years gather. Beside the busy festival schedule and the programme of the exchange forum we steal some time to meet and discuss aspects of the respective stories- and have a walk on the hills surrounding the city.
Anastasia Tasic has a passion for superheroes. She even hosts one in her room in a tiny self made puppet set. For her episode in the film this super will become Iron Man, equipped with the super power to: iron. Of course Iron Man can also fly and is very much into watching football. Probably that’s why he misses to tackle the problem with the city being attacked by a monster in a prober way.
The monster on the other side is not the classical Godzilla-style creature with big claws and bad manners. Tatiana Moshkova’s monster is made of people who couldn’t watch the match properly because of a power blackout. Who said that football makes people aggressive? No football is even worse.
The stories of Anastasia and Tatiana will interact over the course of the film and finally give us the answer to the question: Will Iron Man finally save the city from the destruction caused by the monster? And will electricity be back before the end of the match?
Hoologanism is a problem quiet common in Russia. So we are told. Tatianna Moshkova lets a crowd of football fans get violent after electricity breaks down in the city. The fans literally become a monster which is devastating the city. While both hooligans and monster are clearly up for evil, the first still have a certain association to football. When the football is gone (how do you watch a broadcast of a match when electricity is off?), it’s clearly monster time….
Animators and producers from nine different countries were gathered together for the Exchange Forum in Belgrade. How many of them will work together on the film? I really hoped for a production with a team as diverse as possible. And many mails and hours of skype conferences later we startthe project with a crowd of ten from six different countries. There is Anastasia Tasic, Krunoslav Jovic, Nenad Krstic, Uroš Krčadinac, Vid Rajn from Serbia, Ivan Ramadan from Bosnia, Tatiana Moshkova from Russia, Katre Haav from Estonia, Scotsman Steward Comrie as well as Michael Schwertel, Martin Kleinmichel and Till Laßmann from Germany.