My second christmas film tells the story of a thieve who steals christmas music on christmas eve. A father who believes that there can be no christmas celebration without the music goes on a thieve hunt together with his loyal "dog" Rufus.
- My first short film to use a blue screen effect. The "actors" were copied digitally into various video footage.
- There are actually two different versions of the film: a German and a Japanese one.
- Both versions are not only using different languages, there are also scenes exclusive to one version. For example, there are Karaoke subtitles and a scene where the thieve sings "Last Christmas" in the Japanese version.
- My first short film which was shot in NTSC format.
- In order to avoid misunderstandings, the Japanese version has subtitles (in Japanese).
- Type of film
- Three hand puppets (Beaver, Cat, Snoopy) and a stuffed pet play the main roles. As usual, I do all the voices.
- The Japanese version has human actors as well: three news announcers and the girl group Morning Musume.
D/J 2004, 7 Min.
Jap. title: Kurisumasu Ongaku
Ger. title: Weihnachtsmusik
Language: German, Japanese
Setting: Hamburg, Kamakura, Tokyo
Music: u.a. Cousteau (Ologie Part 3). Jap. version: Gackt & Ayumi Hamasaki, Kick the Can Crew, SMAP feat. BoA. Dt. Version: Heino, Flippers, W. Petri.
Format: NTSC MiniDV
Cut: Final Cut Pro
Director, Story: Matthias Jaap