“Kinski Revisited” by Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

  • ©Andreas Krein  Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg



    Kinski Revisited


Company / Institution / Agency:

  • Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg


    “Kinski Revisited” is an homage to the German actor Klaus Kin-ski, who died in November 1991. Our intention was to recreate the actor as he would appear in 2007. The re-creation process was restricted to referencing filmed material and photographs. These constraints led to a nearly entirely artist-driven approach to creating a convincing and realistic digital performance.

    The 34-second film shows Kinski at the age of 81 acting in origi-nal film sequences and giving an interview, his voice performed by David Zimmering. The entire facial performance was created by “hand” animation; no performance-capture technique was used.

    Klaus Kinski was a very emotional and expressive actor, so we chose him to demonstate that our animation tools and tech-niques are capable of creating not only believable but also realistic results.

    The visuals were generated using tools and techniques developed within research projects at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg’s Institute of Animation. The Adaptable Facial Setup presented as a sketch at SIGGRAPH 2004 was further developed to match the requirements of this production.


    Facial Animation Toolset for Maya Version 1.1 (Institute of Animation), Maya 8.0 on Windows, MentalRay, Shake v2.5, Reelsmart Motionblur, Displacement extraction of life-cast by RGBXYZ, Mudbox 1.0, Shave and a Haircut 4

Additional Contributors:

    Project Supervisor & Rigging: Volker Helzle

    Rendering & Shading: Robin Reyer

    Compositing: Andreas Krein

    Animation Supervisor: Angela Jedek

    Live Cast: Jan Ptassek

    Voice: David Zimmering

    Technical Directors: Stefan Habel, Lars Demel, Hendrik Panz

    Director: Andreas Krein

    Producer: Volker Helzle

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