“Vote! for a better future” 

I made this stop motion animated short during my time at Tippett Studios  in California where I worked on Phil Tippett’s “Mad God”. 

The Studio is located in the Bay Area close to San Francisco. Every day I  would take the bike to work and on my way I would see all the tent  villages that had arisen on the streets. Costs of living in California is immense and there is a lot of  homelessness where ever you go. At the same time the government collected illegal aliens from their  homes and stuffed them into detention camps. There was just so much social injustice all around me that I had to do  something. So I made an animated short about everything I saw around  me. It’s really more of a culmination of events and my way of protesting. 

Phil Tippett was so kind to give me a corner of his stage and I started  working on the project in my spare time.  Two colleagues of mine, the amazing animator Chuck Duke and the long  time fx DP Jim Aupperle, joined me and helped on the project. I decided to make the film as affordable and quick as possible while still  using real objects, so I used H0 scale miniatures that I bought online. That way I could bring my point across in a very simple but effective way. I worked on it for about one month every evening. 

In the end of 2019 I moved back to Germany, Jonathan Howe from  Tumult Kollektiv did the sound design and really brought it to life.