In a totalitarian propaganda world ruled from above, a girl can be all it takes to spark off a revolution and challenge the MOTHERLAND.

The narrative and imagery of MOTHERLAND is based on stereotypic characters and motives that are abundant in propaganda art of the 1920s & 1930s: The innocent child in need of protection by the heroic soldier, the benevolent ruler and the patriotic worker. They all live and serve for the nuturing mother state. In MOTHERLAND this original meaning has been turned on its head to reveal an underlying, terrifying truth behind the propaganda.

Whilst the world depicted gives the audience a look into a stylized past, it was built and realized using cutting edge 3d real-time technology. Crytek’s CryENGINE was used for previs and to render out set extensions & background vistas to be used in compositing. Approximately 66% of all shots feature real-time rendered background elements. –Hannes Appell

Motherland is a diploma project produced at The Institute of Animation Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

Director: Hannes Appell
Director of Photography: Stevo Arendt
Producer: Libor Tesacek, Felix Vollmar

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