In quest of water a sand puppet leaves the sand world in which it lives. It wanderes through other worlds made of paper, stone and iron, following the sound of dripping water. In the end the sand puppet manages to reach the water ... in a very tragic way.
15 Frames per Day
End of production 1996
running time: 11:30 min
35 mm, color, 1:1,85
Dolby SR, surround
This puppet animation film, supported by the German Federal Film Board and the Cultural Film Fund of the State of Hessian, was carried out by Thomas Stellmach (story, animation, production) and Tyron Montgomery (direction, direction of photography, screenplay) at the Animation Department at Kassel University.
It was shot frame by frame with an ARRI II BV and a self constructed single frame motor.
The position of the character, the flying paper, the falling stones and the rotating machines were manipulated and photographed 19.000 times and reviewed by video control.
The 12m² sets had to be rebuilt and altered 30 times, the 20m² background was replaced five times by various air brush designs. The mainly two men crew took 3/4 of a year to build the "metal" scenery.
The sound was recorded with a digital PC hard-disc-recording system.
of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) for the Best Short Animation Film 1996, (awarded 1997), Los Angeles
Film Valuation Authority Wiesbaden, Germany
96, best film of the European Animated Prize Winner Films, awarded by the European Association of Animation Film, Brussels, Belgium
for best school film 1997, European First Film Festival of Angers, France
of the European Short Film Competition 1997, Brussels
1997, World Animation Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA
1997, Clermont Ferrand Short Film Festival, France
1997, New York Festival, USA
Special Award of the Journalists, International Animation Film Festival Espinho, CINANIMA 96, Portugal
For the intensity, symbolism, for the suspense kept the end, for being a different film, for the original idea, and sound effects.
for Best Debut Film, International Animation Film Festival Zagreb 1996, Croatia
International Animation EXPO Seoul 1997, Korea
for Best Animation Film 1996, International Film Festival of Melbourne, Australia
International Short Film Festival of Krakow, Poland
1996, Student Animation Category, International Film Festival Chicago, USA
International Film Festival Cork 1996, Irland
The Award for the Best European Short went to the outstanding German animation film "QUEST". This film presented a philosophical statement about mankind and its goals, the striving and searching of the human spirit for a personal answer; and it made this topic most accessible to a wide audience by its exceptionally artistic production design, photography, model animation and editing.
1996, Albany International Short Film Festival, USA
1997, MEDIAWAVE, International Festival of Media Arts, Gyor, Hungary
1996, Molodist - Kyiv International Film Festival, Ukraine
for Best School Film 1997, International Film Festival Huy, Belgium
1997, International Film Festival of Environment, "Green Vision", St. Petersburg
The opinion of the jury was unanimous. They all agreed that it is another level much higher than other films. Though it is a short animated film it poses all features of the big one. The history of a small man pushes us to think about the state of our environment and the responsibility of people to save their environment.
International Mountain and Adventure Film Festival Graz 1997, Austria
(10 to 30 min), International Animation Film Festival "Krok", Kyiv 1997, Ukraine
of the German TV Station - SDR 1996, International Animation Film Festival of Stuttgart, Germany
for the best Animation Film 1996, International Short Film Festival of Huesca, Spain
1996, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Germany
of the 7 nominated german short films 1996, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Germany
, Sitges International Fantasy Film Festival of Barcelona 1996, Spain
1996, International Film Celebration of Dresden, Germany
1996, Festival international du film d'environnement, Rienna, France
1996, International Short Film Festival Drama, Greece
1996, International Short Film Festival of Hamburg, Germany
for the Best Artistic Achievement 1996, International Ecological Film Festival of Freiburg
of the Federal Minister of the Enviroment for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Enviroment Education 1996, Oekomedia, International Ecological Film Festival of Freiburg
of the National Park Administration "Lower Saxony Mud-flats" 1996, Maritime Film Days of Wilhelmshaven, Germany
1996, Maritime Film Days of Wilhelmshaven, Germany
1996, Exground on screen, Wiesbaden, Germany
of the University Kassel 1996, Germany
1996 Wiesbaden, Germany
Compilation 1996, International Animation Film Festival of Ottawa, Canada
directed and photographed by
produced and animated by
PROF. PAUL DRIESSEN
puppets made by
supervising model maker
2nd model maker
assistant model makers
editing and sound-recording
OPTICAL EFFECTS METTMANN
IRMA K. THEIMER
CULTURAL FILM FUND OF THE STATE OF HESSIAN
GERMAN FEDERAL FILM BOARD