animated short
Germany, 2022, 04:25 min

In the dark swamps of a nocturnal forest, a group of gleaming axolotls is in heat, nuzzling and nibbling one another’s limbs. Soon a much larger, two-legged forest-dweller encounters the lustful group and reaches down to gobble one of the small shimmering creatures. His plump friends begin to partake as well and a feast begins. While dawn is slowly breaking, a cheerful game begins higher up in the branches.

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Trailer: https://vimeo.com/662706061

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festival selections:

*Premiers Plans Angers* France
*REGARD – Saguenay International Short Film Festival* Canada
*Filmfest Dresden* Germany
*GoShort Festival* Netherlands
*GLAS Animation Festival* (USA)
*Seattle International Film Festival* (USA)
*DC International Film Festival* (USA)
*Milwaukee Film Festival* (USA)
*Animafest Zagreb* (Croatia)


directed and produced by Jonatan Schwenk
music & sound design David Kamp
screenplay Merlin Flügel, Jonatan Schwenk
puppet fabrication Anne Breymann, Hélène Tragesser, Jonatan Schwenk
puppeteers Thalke Thyen, Max Mörtl, Maria Teixeira, Merlin Flügel, Jonatan Schwenk, Ramona Lüdemann, Carolina Iglesias
camera (real-time-part) Ferdinand Kowalke
stop-motion camera Jonatan Schwenk
best boy Björn Ullrich
assistant director Merlin Flügel
set manager Joey Arand
production assistant Carolina Iglesias
stop-motion animator Jonatan Schwenk
2d animators Marta Magnuska, Jonatan Schwenk
retouch & rig removal Mascha Balura, Lea Majeran, Maria Teixeira, Aaron Farkas, Jade Stendel (PixelPEC) Irina Rubina,
Chengjie Xu, Yu Hao
3d models & textures Valentin Oellers, Ferdinand Kowalke
2d tracking Maria Teixeira
3d tracking Valentin Oellers
compositing Marc Rühl, Jonatan Schwenk
color grading Matthias Behrens (waveline), Jonatan Schwenk
graduation film at HfG Offenbach
funded by HessenFilm und Medien GmbH & FFA