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. Since he co-funded Talking Animals in 2009, he is working on music videos and his own short films. He just finished EINE VILLA MIT PINIEN (2016). His special interest is animating with water color.

FILMOGRAPHY
  • 2002
    MUESLI

    3D Animation

  • 2005
    OUR MAN IN NIRVANA

    3D Animation

  • 2012
    SEEED - BEAUTIFUL

    Music Video, Mixed Media

  • 2014
    SEEED - CHERRY OH

    Music Video, Mixed Media

  • 2016
    EINE VILLA MIT PINIEN

    3D Animation, Mixed Media

  • 2016
    MUDI - DIE FRAU AUS DEM LIBANON

    Music Video, 2D Computer, Mixed Media

WORK SAMPLES

Rico, Oskar und die Tieferschatten - Titles

Opening Titles Drawn 1:43 min © Lieblingsfilm 2014
Animation directed by Pauline Kortmann
Title sequence for the feature film "Rico, Oskar und der Tieferschatten"
  • Producer: Lieblingsfilm
  • Concept: Jakob Schuh, Neele Leana Vollmer
  • Animation Director, Producer: Pauline Kortmann
  • Compositing: Jan Koester
  • Animation Cleanup: Veronica Solomon
  • Backgrounds: Peter Schössow
  • Additional Backgrounds: Sebastian Koch

Muesli

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

Mudi - Die Frau aus dem Libanon

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MUSIC VIDEO MIXED MEDIA 3:34 MIN © Virgin Records 2016
Directed by Jan Koester
The music video for Mudi - "Frau aus dem Libanon" tells the story how Mudi's parents met during lebanon civil war.  

Eine Villa mit Pinien

Short Film Mixed Media 12:58 min © Hauptfilm & Jan Koester 2016
Directed by Jan Koester
Stereoscopic short film made of 2000 watercolour painted pages.
Coward bird and courageous lion break into a villa at nighttime without having the slightest clue what's going on there.    
  • Director, Animation: Jan Koester 
  • Producer: Christine Haupt
  • Actors: Christoph Letkowski, Paolo Masini, Johanna von Gagern, Anna Luisa Schmidt
  • Voices: Christoph Letkowski, Anja Taschenberg, Jan Koester
FESTIVALS:
  • Toronto International Film Festival
  • Internationales Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg
  • Exground Wiesbaden
  • Interfilm Festival Berlin
  • Flickerfest Sidney, Australia
  • Chicago International Film Festival
  • Landshuter Kurzfilmfestival
  • Short Film Slam Hamburg
AWARDS:
  • ARTE Award at IKFF Hamburg
  • Audience Award at IKFF Hamburg
  • SAE Award for best use of digital technology at Flickerfest
  • Special Award at Exground Wiesbaden
  • Audience Award at Short Film Slam, Hamburg
 

Unlike U

Short Film 2D Computer 0:10 min © Unlike U 2016
Directed by Jan Koester
Logo animation for film production company Unlike U

CHERRY OH

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Music Video Mixed Media 3:41 min © Warner Music 2014
Directed by Jan Koester
Music Video for Seeed - "Cherry Oh 2014".
The cruel nature disturbs a peaceful garden barbecue party.
   

Once i dreamt of Life - Animation Trailer

Animation Sequences 2D cutout 12:00 min © Mouka Filmi 2014
Animation Directed by Gregor Dashuber
"Once I Dreamt Of Life" is a feature length documentary film about suicide - a 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

OUR MAN IN NIRVANA

short film 3D computer 10:27 min © HFF Konrad Wolf 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.
  • Animation, Direction, Design: Jan Koester
  • Music: Benjamin Dickmann
  • Sound: Daniel Gilde & Andi Drost
  • Produktion: Ole Nicolaisen
 AWARDS:
  • Berlinale: Silver Bear
  • The British Academy for Film and Television Arts Los Angeles: BAFTA LA Short Film Award Cinequest Film Festival
  • Sapporo Short Fest: Best Student Director
  • International Student Film and Video Festival Beijing Film Academy: Silver Award

 
 AWARDS:
  • Filmfest Dresden: Golden Horseman
  • Brooklyn International Film Festival: Spirit Award
  • Aniwow Beijing: Best Film

BEAUTIFUL

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Music Video Mixed Media 3:27 min © Warner Music 2012
Directed by Jan Koester 
Music Video for Seeed - "Beautiful".
In this steampunk adventure the band drives through an abandoned city on a kinetic machine.


 
  • 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

Time Context

Image Film 3D Computer 3:27 min 2016
Directed by Pauline Kortmann and Jan Koester
Image film for a data organizing software, Time Context.
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