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A girl called Mercedes

This stop-motion animation was made by three students from the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design - Annarita Matuschka, Eduard Losing and Dirk Michael Flach - plus Stefan Heller, a freelance artist and animated film maker. Their short film, which lasts around two minutes, invites the viewer to see the history of the Mercedes-Benz brand in a new dimension. The stars of the short film include the inventors of the automobile Carl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler along with two female protagonists: Bertha Benz, who made the world's first long-distance car journey with her sons in 1888, and Mercédès Jellinek, who gave her name to Daimler's car brand in 1902. The individual scenes are told with skilfully drawn figures, along with buildings and scenery. The creative use of scissors, pen and paper has brought the two-dimensional protagonists to life. When it came to creating the animation, the most important tools were the film makers' own hands and their voices which feature on the accompanying soundtrack. They also used various models which they built themselves and a computer, and the music was specially composed. From the screenplay to post-production, the film is the result of intensive teamwork. The film is narrated by actor Boris Aljinovic. Aljinovic is familiar to German audiences as police inspector Felix Stark from the Berlin-based series of the German police procedural "Tatort". Aljinovic is also the narrator of numerous audiobooks, including the German versions of the Discworld novels by fantasy author Terry Pratchett. Screenplay, direction, camera & sound, 3D animation and post production: Annarita Matuschka, born 1987, has studied at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design since 2010 and at the New York Academy of Art and the Art Students League of New York since 2014. She has worked with Eduard Losing since 2010 on art projects and exhibitions in southern Germany, Austria and New York. Eduard Losing, born 1989, has studied at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design since 2010. He has worked with Annarita Matuschka since 2010 on art projects and exhibitions in southern Germany, Austria and New York. Dirk Michael Flach, born 1989, has studied at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design since 2011. Various artistic projects, and solo and group exhibitions in Baden-Württemberg and Düsseldorf, plus projects as an animated film maker. Stefan Heller, born 1985, studied art at the State Academy of Art and Design between 2004 and 2010. Freelance artist and animated film maker since 2010. Various solo and group exhibitions in Baden-Württemberg and Düsseldorf. Narrator: Boris Aljinovic, born 1967, German theatre and film actor and narrator of numerous audio books and radio plays.

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