Get to know the short film: PEPITA & MAX, 6min, Family/Animation

Played at the September 2017 Film Festival

Pm poster englsPepita and Max have all sorts of adventures. Monsieur Raf, Max’ toy giraffe, is always with them. When Max loses Monsieur Raf while hiking, the little boy can’t find sleep. Not even the Alpsegen, the lullaby of the mountains, which is meant to protect animals and people on the alp, helps. The peculiar tradition gives Pepita an idea: what works for Swiss alp-cows could also save a giraffe through the night.

  • Rahel Ilona Eisenring
    Director
  • Stephanie Knoebl
    Director
  • Julia Rakotoniaina-Waldner
    Writer
  • Stephanie Knoebl
    Producer
  • Stefan Holaus
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Pepita & Max – ein Alpsegen für Monsieur Raf
  • Film Type:
    Animation, Short
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 12 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 16, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    130,000 CHF
  • Country of Origin:
    Switzerland
  • Country of Filming:
    Switzerland
  • Film Language:
    Swiss German
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital/Video HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
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Watch Audience Feedback Video: MAN’S BEST FRIEND, 7min. UK, Family/Animation

Short Film played at the December 2016 Family/Animation Film Festival.

AUDIENCE FEEDBACK VIDEO of the short film:

  MOVIE POSTERMAN’S BEST FRIEND, 7min. UK, Family/Animation
Directed by Rob Sprackling

10 year old Zach loves his football – and his football loves him back. They enjoy playing in the garden, going to the park and spending time together, just like a boy with a faithful dog. But when his ball gets lost, Zach must team up with his neglected Mum, to find his best friend. In doing so, Zach and his Mum re-find each other.

Director Statement

I’m an experienced comedy screenwriter and before that was a stand up comedian and TV presenter. I enjoy the spoken word and as a result most of my screenplays are relatively dialogue heavy (as were my previous two award winning shorts ‘Green Monkey’ and ‘Rise of the Appliances’). So when writing/directing my third short, I wanted to set myself the challenge of making a film without dialogue. It seemed like an interesting discipline that would force me to tell the story in pictures, which, for me, felt refreshing and new.

The other challenge I took on was to mix live action and animation. I work a lot in both forms as a screenwriter – having written for Disney, Aardman, DreamWorks, Fox, Working Title, BBC Films and others. As I now want to shift my focus from screenwriting to writing/directing (I am currently attached to direct a live action and two animated features) I felt it would be interesting to combine those two worlds in one film.

So the challenge here was to make a simple story, without dialogue or complex plot twists, that delivered a unique tone, good visual comedy and a rewarding emotional journey. Thanks to a fantastic cast and crew, I’m hopeful that we achieved this. Ratings

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