THE HOPPER
Info on the Short Film!

Search 1,000 of MOVIES
WATCH Audience Feedback Video (coming soon):

  MOVIE POSTER THE HOPPER, Animation - 17min - Germany
Appeared at WILDsound's June 2013 Film Festival

Directed by Alex Bruel Flagstad

Overview:

Clay-Animation, Stash House Stick-Ups, West Baltimore, and fluffy pancakes.

The Hopper is not your average clay-animation story. 16 year old Dexter lives with his grandmother in west Baltimore, Maryland. One night Dexter and his friend Kevin rob local drug dealers, but things do not work out as planned and violence spins out of control.

Director's Statement- The Hopper

"Most people regard clay animation movies as children's movies. They take a certain cuteness and naivety for granted with animated characters acting in a funny story. I knew this from the very beginning of the project and thought this offered a great opportunity to catch the audience off guard. I wanted to tell a story in a clay-animated universe where the premise of the real world is somehow maintained - "realistic" violence and "real" people with "real" problems (i.e. "real" hallucinations from "real" drugs).

The Hopper aims at capturing the mood and feeling of West Baltimore, Maryland. In a way it is paying tribute to The Wire, a series which completely blew me away: so perfectly written and realistically told. I grew up with HipHop and rap music and have a deep rooted love for this music and culture. I think this kept me going, making every nerdy detail as real as possible. Normally I am very impatient person but stop-motion and clay-animation is unbeatable, you just can't rush it. I'd be very happy if people watching The Hopper would at some point forget that they are watching a clay-motion movie."

short films Details:

director Alex Bruel Flagstad

screenplay Alex Bruel Flagstad

Producer Alex Bruel Flagstad

Country Denmark, Germany

Genre Animation

Festivals:

24.09.2012 * HARLEM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2012 (USA)
***BEST ANIMATION***

short films 28.09.2012 * ROSEVILLE ANIMATION FESTIVAL 2012 (USA)
***JURY AWARD FOR BEST INTERNATIONAL ANIMATED SHORT FILM***

01.10.2012 * PHILADELPHIA FILM & ANIMATION FESTIVAL 2012 (USA)
***BEST SHORT ANIMATION***

02.10.2012 * THE LOS ANGELES CINEMA FESTIVAL OF HOLLYWOOD 2012 (USA)
***BEST ANIMATION***

14.10.2012 * NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL (USA)
***THE HONORABLE MENTION AWARD***

09.03.2013 * 7th INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA 2013 (Int'l Competition, India)

23.03.2013 * ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL 2013 (Animated Short Competition, USA)

short films 18.04.2013 * 14th AMATEUR AND INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL KAN (Competititon, Poland)

15.03.2013 * WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEER SHORT FILMFESTIVAL (USA)
***HONORABLE MENTION IN THE EXPERIMENTAL/ANIMATION CATEGORY***

12.04.2013 * FUTURE FILM FESTIVAL (Bologna, Italy)

Colour Grading Colour Grading Rico Danscke

Running time 17:00'

short films Shooting Format RAW

Screening Format DCP, DVD, BluRay, .mov (HD) Aspect Ratio 1920x1080 (16:9)

Sound Dolby Digital 2.0

Colour, English


THE HOPPER