short film, 3 minutes, 2012
idea, animation, sound: Philipp Artus
A snail invents the wheel and goes through a cultural evolution to finally get back to its origin.
The character of the snail came into being one day when I was drawing around in my sketch book. I then animated the snail in about three days, which was a very intuitive and spontaneous process during which I didn’t think about anything in particular and just concentrated on the snail's performance. However, in the previous months, I had done a lot of research into the evolution of life, locomotion and acceleration in contemporary society, so there was a network of associations brewing around in my head for some time and Snail Trail suddenly emerged as a fruit of this process.
Then I projected the animation with laserlight on an afterglowing surface and took a picture off each frame. This was a very time consuming process, but I like this particular light drawing style that it creates. Finally it took me about three months to do the sound design and the post-production.