OWN DRUM tells a story about self-determination.
It's the story of Barbie, who falls in love with a mysterious, red haired woman but she is too insecure to react to her feelings. Instead she does what people expect her to do: She goes with Ken and an unkind, but socially accepted, relationship. Doing the one thing she is good at, Barbie suppresses her own desires. But she is haunted by the thought of what could have been and keeps losing control of her emotions. Realising that she wasted her only chance to live a happy and fulfilled life Barbie tries to find someone to blame. And succeeds.
OWN DRUM is an appeal to accept who you are and to live your life the way you want it. How knows it better than Barbie? She has been pressured for all her life: To look perfect, to behave and act nice, to have a perfect relationship, a perfect career. But what if Barbie is totally different? What if society, so all of us, forced Barbie into being like this with our expectations?
Own Drum is the 3rd short film by Kai Stänicke. Kai is a young german filmmaker based in Berlin. His works include the award winning short films COLD STAR and IT'S CONSUMING ME, that you can see here:
The stop motion drama OWN DRUM is Kais first animation film. He's going to work together with experienced animators & puppeteers from Zyklopik, a Berlin based collective of animations artists. You can check their amazing work on their page http://zyklopik.de/.
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Biography // Kai Stänicke
Born June 22. 1986 in North Rhine-Westphalia, Kai started to study at the Commercial and Media Academy Marquardt (WAM) in Dortmund. There he shot many short films, including the comedy "Flamenco Surealisto" (2007), which got distributed by Salzgeber Medien and the Musicalfilm „VerkehrtHAIRum“ (2008), for which Kai got the Talent Funding NRW.
After getting his diploma 2008, Kai worked in the Production Department of X-Filme Creative Pool Berlin. He took part in the films "The White Ribbon" (2008) by Michael Haneke and Tom Tykwers "Drei" (2010). Since then he worked as a freelance Assistent Director and Set-Manager.
While that time Kai realized his own projects as producer and director. "Cold Star" was shot and won him the Audience Award at the 22nd Hamburg International Queer Film Festival. That was just the start of successful festival distribution. The film got invited to Toronto, L.A., N.Y., San Fransisco, Tel Aviv, Brussels, Paris, Bern and many more. Just lately "Cold Star" won the seal of approval "Highly Recommended" by the German Film & Media Review and was their Short Film of the Month and submitted to the German Short Film Price in the category Experimental Film.
His latest work "It's Consuming Me" celebrated its premiere at the Frameline Festival in San Fransisco this year, the biggest gay-lesbian film fest in the world and started to make its festival tour around the USA. It was shortlisted for the Iris Prize in Cardiff and won audience awards in festivals in Oslo, Hamburg and Belgium.
Kai Stänickes films proclaim sexual diversity and self-determined actions, without imposing a certain interpretation or trying to lecture the audience.
His films can be watched at: www.kaistaenicke.com
What We Use Your Money For
Stop Motion Animation is a pretty time consuming and expensive thing but it's worth it. This special kind of animation got a very own unique style probably best known for Tim Burtons movies NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS or the new movie FRANKENWEENIE. It's edgy and it's oldschool and it gives us the opportunity to literally take Barbie, the doll every girl grew up with, and get her to life.
Before we can do that we need to prepare the dolls. Our puppeteer Susanna Jerger is going to build an own head for every single doll in the film so we can tell emotions in their faces. They're going to have movable eyes and eyebrows and of course Barbie can't smile all the time within the film. It takes a lot of time to do and will cost a lot of expensive materials.
Also Stop Motion takes a lot of time. It's a frame by frame animation, what means that you usually can't shoot more than 3 seconds a day (depending on the scene and how many dolls are involved). So we need to shoot 3 months to do this 8 minutes short properly. Of course we got a crew that needs to eat within this 3 months and we got equipment (like camera and lightning equipment) we need to rent for the time.
Art Direction is another thing. Barbie's world in the film is not all pink, of course. It's realistic and even a bit dark. So we need to build sets the dolls can move in and they need to look believable and unique.
These are the main elements, where your money will go. Even if we don't achieve our goal we can use every Dollar you give. But of course the quality of the film, the dolls and the set will increase the more money we can use on it. Every Dollar counts!
What we want to achieve with the film
OWN DRUM is a film with a message. It wants to strengthen LGBT ideas and who can do it better than Barbie, who is known for her cliché heterosexual relationship with Ken?
The film is going to be shown to festivals all around the world. Since the main part of the film is without dialogue and the little dialogue there is will be in English the film can be shown all over the world. And it's got a diversity of festivals to go to: Next to the well known festivals and short film festivals in the world it will also be played at LGBT Film Festivals and Animation Festivals all over the world.
Kais films have had successfull journeys around the world already. From festivals in Toronto, L.A., N.Y., San Fransisco, Tel Aviv, Brussels, Paris, Bern to Indonesia and India, his films received critical acclaim and awards as well as audience approval. So it's possible and with the unique and edgy idea of OWN DRUM it shouldn't be a problem.
What you get for helping
You can check the gimmicks we offer on the right. We really want to welcome you as part of our team. Let's try to do this film together and let Barbie find her own way!Also we've got a lot of stuff that we will build and prepare for the film. So there are exclusive products like the sets the film takes place in or the dolls, that star in it, that we will give away. These are really special treasures that are unique and only exist once.
Who else is there?
Of course there is a team behind Kai. You can't do a film like this on your own. Here's the team of OWN DRUM:
Paul Ohmert / Producer
Paul produces and edits films, music videos and EPKs since 2009. After receiving his Bachelor in Information- and Communication Management at the SRH University of Applied Science he went straight to the set of Dani Levys film "Das Leben ist zu lang". That's where he met Kai for the first time.
Afterwards Paul started to produce films and music videos and collected a lot of healthy experiences, especially in the matter of live action short films. Still he applied 2011 at the HFF Potsdam. But he had to be reminded while the interview that the HFF is a Higher School for Film and TV, not short formats for web nor music videos. After receiving that lecture gratefully, he decided to rather stick with his passion for short, intensive and exciting music videos and films and better work freelance.
Festivalwise his most successful productions have been so far: the short film "Felix" (2011) and the music video "Legacy" (2011) for Alcoholic Faith Mission. "Felix" was screened even at the Cannes Filmfest 2012 as part of the German Films Next Generation programme and "Legacy" was awarded Best Music Video at the Sehsüchte Festival 2012.
At the moment Paul is working a lot as In-House Producer for the MMC Group GmbH, produces a web comedy format called "QMNV.de", still music videos and of course "OWN DRUM".
His work can be watched at: www.vimeo.com/paulohmertfilms
Roland Fischer / Co-Producer
Roland was born 1978 in Memmingen and did an education as banker and later as corporate customer consultat. In 2002 he made his way into the film business and started studying Multimedia and Communication with a focus on Film- and TV- Production at the university of applied science in Ansbach. Since then Roland assisted in in the production and accountant department of Hofmann&Voges GmbH, worked in the public relations department of the Film Förder Fonds Bayern and has been assistent to diverse funding consultants and realized many projects as executive producer. At the moment Roland is lecturer at the University of Konstanz and freelance producer with his company Ocean Pictures.
Thomas Schneider / Director of Photography
Born November 1st, 1984 in Pirna, Saxony. After school Thomas Schneider went to Berlin to acquire work experience in the film business. As production assistant he worked together with the cameramen Lars Barthel, Marcus Winterbauer, Robert Laatz and Patrick Orth as well as with the directors Ulrich Köhler, Alice Agneskirchner and Jürgen R. Weber.
Next he studied Film and TV Production at the DEKRA Media Academy in Cooperation with the Mittweida University of Applied sciences. There he shot many short films as DOP, including the Documentary “STERNENKINDER” (2006), the film “WORAUF WARTEN WIR” (2007) a mixed documentary and feature film. For both he won the “DEKRA ACADEMY” Prize in Gold and the Special Prize for the Best Film at the year 2007. During this time he published the innovative TV Magazine “GOLDELSE” (2005 – 2008 and contd.) together with his colleagues.
After receiving his Bachelor of Arts, Thomas worked in the Line Producer Department of X Filme Creative Pool Berlin. He took part in the films “MEINE SCHÖNE BESCHERUNG” (2007) by Vanessa Jopp, “MAX MINSKY UND ICH” (2007) by Anna Justice, “THE MONGOL” (2006-2008) by Sergei Bodrov and “THE WHITE RIBBON” (2008) by Michael Haneke. Since then he worked as a freelance Camera Assistant and Director of Photography. During this period he worked together with the DOPs Christian Berger, Max Penzel, Marcus Winterbauer, Benedict Neuenfels, Ngo the Chau, Hans Fromm, Jürgen Jürges, Carl F. Koschnik, Armin Dierolf, Oleg Mutu, Michael Hammon and Rudolph Vorschneider.
Since 2009, Thomas studies Cinematography at the HFF Potsdam Babelsberg. He'll get his diploma 2013.
2011 he realized the short film “COLD STAR” together with Kai Stänicke.
Thomas wants to shoot films with his whole heart. It is important to him to find and show a truth behind the facades. It is all about the right moment and the right feeling. If People are going home after a movie, they leave with certain feelings, but mainly pictures inside them and maybe they will keep them in their hearts forever.
His films and more information can be found at: www.bilderphilosophie.de
Susanna Jerger / Puppenbau & Animation
Susanna Jerger is specialized in miniature and puppet construction for stop motion animations. Besides her passion for miniature worlds, she loves to paint.
Besides her work in the own collective ZYKLOPIK, Susanna worked for a lot of studios all over Europe, which was very inspiring for her. The films include:
2012 O Apóstolo
Puppet Artist Senior
Animation Feature / Regie: Fernando Cortizo
Mutter Muss Weg
TV Movie / Regie: Edward Berger
2011 The Gruffalo’s Child
Set Building / Dressing
TV Movie / Regie: Uwe Heidschötter, Johannes Weiland
The Three Musketeers
Feature / Regie: Paul W.S. Anderson
2010 Das Sandmännchen – Abenteuer im Traumland
Animation Feature / Regie: Jesper Moller u.a.
TV Series/ Regie: Zlatin Radev
2008 Fantasy Filmfest Trailer
Div. Werbefilme / Regie: Frank Vogt
2007 Max & Co
Head od Assistant Animators
Animation Feature / Regie: Frédéric Guillaume,
You can see her work and those of her mates from ZYKLOPIK here: http://zyklopik.de/