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"
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."
director Alex Bruel Flagstad
screenplay Alex Bruel Flagstad
Producer Alex Bruel Flagstad
Country Denmark, Germany
24.09.2012 * HARLEM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2012 (USA)
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)
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)
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'
Shooting Format RAW
Screening Format DCP, DVD, BluRay, .mov (HD)
Aspect Ratio 1920x1080 (16:9)