Berlin based filmmaker Anne Breymann studied at Kassel School of Art and Design, her impetus is towards creating miniature worlds in the shape of animated films, dioramas and 3-dimensional illustrations.
''The story and characters developed simultaneously and very intuitively. In the beginning I had more an atmosphere in mind than a plot, like in a dream. One of my inspirations was human interaction and the 'masks' we wear in our everyday lives. There is no specific message I want to convey, I prefer to leave room for interpretation. My favourite films are those that make me think and feel without the need to explain everything.
For the characters I took inspiration from animals, medieval bestiaries, and masks from various cultures. I wanted each of the creatures to somehow have more than one face, hidden or only visible at second sight. They're made of wire, foam, acrylic, paper, and other materials. I like experimenting with textures, for one of the puppets I made molds from real leaves and cast them in latex.
The characters are animated in stop motion, meaning that I slightly move each puppet frame by frame, shooting twelve pictures for one second of film. Most of the time I worked on my own, but I had a great little team for sound, music and lighting. The abstract visuals were created by Nikki Schuster. She animated them in a different technique, by digitally assembling photographs of minerals and plants, to make them appear more spiritual in contrast to the physical stop motion puppets.''