THE ANIMAL

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jan-koester

Animation Director

Jan Koester studied Animation at the HFF Konrad Wolf filmschool in Potsdam. His graduation film OUR MAN IN NIRVANA (2005) won many awards, including a Silver Bear at the Berlinale, a Golden Horseman at the Filmfest Dresden and a British Academy for Film and Television Short Film Award at Cinequest festival in San José. After spending three months at the artist residence Villa Aurora in Los Angeles in 2008, he worked for the music video SCHWARZ ZU BLAU for PETER FOX. In 2010 he did the animation direction for IM REICH DER SCHATTEN, a 45 minute video installation for the Landesmuseum Trier. Jan is currently working on his new animated short film EINE VILLA MIT PINIEN. The film will be finished this year.

FILMOGRAPHY
  • 2002
    MUESLI

    3D Animation

  • 2005
    OUR MAN IN NIRVANA

    3D Animation

WORK SAMPLES

Once i dreamt of Life - Animation Trailer

Animation Sequences 2D cut-out 12 min 2014

Once I Dreamt of Life is a feature length documentary film about suicide — subject that people rarely want to talk about. It’s an account about one’s personal relation to suicide, but also studies suicide as social phenomena: What are the motives, warning signs and consequences? The film follows the journey of a young man, an animated character based on a real person, on his path towards suicide. The journey is described by people who’ve had encounters with suicide – parents who lost their child, young adults who considered or even tried committing suicide. official website of the film: onceidreamtoflife.com/

   
  • Background Painting: Giulia Valenti

 

OUR MAN IN NIRVANA

short film 3D computer 10:27 HFF „Konrad Wolf“ Potsdam-Babelsberg, 2005
Directed by Jan Koester A famous rockstar dies accidently during a concert and awakes in nirvana. There he has to face his wishes and deeds.

BEAUTIFUL

beautiful
Music Video Mixed Media 03:27 min 2012
music video for SEEED - "Beautiful" Directed by Jan Koester 


 
  • production management: Moritz Mayer 
  • camera: Sebastian Klatt 
  • camera assistent: Olaf von Voss 
  • gaffer: Marc Lontzek 
  • lighting technician: Waldemar Bruch 
  • stunt coordinator: Ralf Haeger 
  • data wrangler, camera, making-of: Beatriz Barragan 
  • intern compositing: Jana Kritchever 
  • intern 2D animation: Anaiis Poilpre

Muesli

short film 3D computer 1:17 Jan Koester, 2002
Directed by Jan Koester. Pan and pot want to feed me hot stuff for breakfast, but I prefer cereals.
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