Program 2017


'The Hunchback and the Swan' — on adapting a folk tale

Dotty Kultys, Sam Card-Hall, Tasha Howe

When Taffy Thomas and Peter Lord approached me with the idea to make a short animation based on one of Taffy’s tales, my response was pure delight at the idea of working with two great creatives whilst adapting a traditional story. I've always had a soft spot for folk tales, and coming from Central Europe almost makes it a duty for a filmmaker to work on one.

A year later, ‘The Hunchback and the Swan’ is ready, and this presentation will focus on the joys and challenges that a filmmaker can face when creating an animated adaptation of a folk tale. From choosing the right text and having a reason for making it an animation, through embracing genre rules and letting them shine through the narrative, to understanding how to make the adaptation constructive — the process involves plenty of tests in perseverance and perception. It is, however, a truly rewarding endeavour. 

FMX is funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the City of Stuttgart and MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg, taking place in cooperation with the VES Visual Effects Society and ACM SIGGRAPH. FMX is an event by the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, organized by Animationsinstitut, hosting the Animation Production Days (APD), a joint venture with the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS).

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