This is what an animated film set looks like away from the camera

by | Jun 29, 2020 | A look in the depot

In 2013 the Museum of Theatre Puppets Lübeck and the Puppet Theatrem Lübeck jointly conceived the special exhibition modelling clay (putty), wire and camera – cartoons and puppet animation films. The film “Kater” was also part of the exhibition.

Tine Kluth built an entire production stage out of cardboard, plaster, paper and wire

In this street the cat roams around and falls in love. 

The houses have always been a bit grim, the balconies crooked, the street lamps rather sporadic; the pink tomcat wanders around between garbage cans and rubbish tins for his light-grey beauty. The romantic atmosphere is perfect! Of course the tomcat is a loser; but fortunately, as a real tomcat, he has nine lives: nine exciting adventures. He needs all of them to finally conquer his sweetheart.

Tine Kluth worked for three years on the production of the stop-motion short film “Kater

From 2002 to 2005, Tine Kluth worked with a small experimental team on the story, camera and music for her short film “Kater”. For example, Tine Kluth had to apply for project funding for the storyboard (drawings of her ideas), for animatics (filming of the storyboard with a schedule for the individual image settings), for set and figure construction and the actual animation in stop-motion (moving the figures made of foam and wire), sound, editing and digital post-production. After three years she finished the 15-minute film which enjoyed great success: “Kater” was awarded the coveted Murnau Short Film Prize and can be seen on youtube.

Tine Kluth has donated her sets for “Kater” to the Museum of Theatre Puppets Lübeck. The small meticulously made world of the street is captured in our object of the week. If you walk at eye level, you can immerse yourself in a fantastic world.

A street that is not for sale, that is a one off creation and that wants to tell its story! But if you take a step back and walk around the object, everything is a dream made of cardboard and paper – this is theatre.

And yet you can’t get rid of the feeling that this adorable tomcat is about to peek around the corner to get through his 3rd, 4th or 8th life again …

The short film “Puss” on YouTube


“Puss” a short film by Tine Kluth

About the creator of “Puss”

Tine Kluth, with a lot of experience in dance and theatre, stage design and illustration, is most enthusiastic about stop-motion films. Puppet cartoon film – for children or adults – are her goal. There she can create landscapes, castles, streets, light and dark worlds and improvise stories with bizarre characters. After her studies at the Film Academy of Ludwigsburg she became an Animator – her job title. She moved to London and works on commission from animation production studios for commercials, music videos for well-known bands; she is also an animator for “Shaun, the sheep”.
Nowadays she shows children who stay at home how to make little animated films on youtube at the children’s animation academy or with Nick Jr.: 25 photos per second are needed for a motion sequence. She works very skilfully and creatively with everyday materials: cardboard, toilet rolls, egg cartons, wooden staples and modelling clay/putty.

More at www.tinekluth.com

"Kater" a short film by Tine Kluth

About the creator of “Kater”

Tine Kluth, with a lot of experience in dance and theatre, set design and illustration, is most enthusiastic about stop-motion movies. Puppet cartoons – for children or adults – will be their goal. She can create landscapes, castles, streets, bright and dark worlds, improvising stories with whimsical characters. After her studies at the Film Academy Ludwigsburg, she is an animator – that is the professional title. She moves to London and works after commissions from animation production studios for promotional films, music videos for well-known bands; she is also an animator for “Shaun the Sheep”.  

Today, she shows at youtube in the Kindertrickfilmakademie or at Nick Jr. how to make small animated films yourself: 25 photos per second takes a movement sequence. She works very skilfully and creatively with everyday materials: cardboard, toilet rolls, egg cartons, wooden clamps, clay. 

More on tinekluth.com

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