Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 16:21
Wrapped is a graduation short film from Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg to students Roman Kälin, Falko Paeper, Florian Wittmann, which uses CGI and time-lapse shorts to shows a busy thriving world being taken over by bacteria, fungi and then weeds and branches that slowly weaken and collapse the giant structures of the world. The film takes us on a journey that starts with the cells taking over the body of a dead rat, and then compresses thousands of years into 4-5 minutes, this is film It explores “the clash between civilization and nature.” The film has run at more than 100 festivals around the globe, has scooped several awards at animation and visual effects events around the world, including prizes at the prestigious SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival.
The film combines Technique time lapse photography with computer graphics to create a surreal 3 minute narrative, like a dystopian Planet Earth documentary. Cleverly created using real time-lapse footage of the city teamed with CG, we see nature overcome civilization as we know it, an impressive outcome, exploring the effects of time and change in the world as the deterioration of one becomes the foundation of life for another. To a soundtrack that progresses from tentative to triumphant, fast-moving foliage gets a foothold and gains ground, starting with an opening shot of a dead street rat getting subsumed by verdant moss. The flora continues its takeover of Manhattan’s man-made infrastructure and concrete canyons, with a conclusion we won’t spoil. Using a blend of real footage, stunning CG, and unique science fiction aspects, this time-lapse motion picture creates a powerfully visual, audible, and thought-provoking experience. The film was idealized, realized, and directed by student filmmakers Roman Kaelin, Falko Paeper and Florian Wittmann at the institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction. The team offers a brief, but accurate description of their work: “The short explores the effects of time and change focusing on the the world’s seemingly never ending cycles. The deterioration of one is the foundation for another. This fact takes on new dimensions when the unexpected forces of nature clash with the existing structures of our civilization.” Wrapped was first released in 2014, at which point it was screened at over 100 festivals, receiving praise from thousands of viewers, as well as a plethora of awards. The short was made viewable online for the first time April 5, 2016.