“Tick Animation 1” by Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

  • ©Sven Dreesbach and Matthias Zeller


SIGGRAPH Video Review:




    Tick Animation 1




Company / Institution / Agency:

  • Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg


    The film describes how the FSME virus is transmitted from tick to human. A tick waits in the high grass for a new victim. It scents an approaching jogger and is wiped off by one of his legs as he passes through the grass. On the skin of the jogger, the tick searches for a soft and humid place. As the tick finds an appropriate spot, it starts to cut through the skin. The film takes the viewer on a journey through the salivary gland of the tick, where the FSME virus repro-duces itself. With the sucking and pumping action of the tick, the saliva is squeezed under the skin of the victim and with it the dangerous FSME virus. At the end, the film shows how to properly remove a tick by grabbing it very close to the head with tweezers and pulling it straight out.


    Dell workstation, Windows XP, NVIDIA


    Maya, Lightwave, Photoshop, Bodypaint, Digital Fusion, After Effects

Additional Contributors:

    Directors: Sven Dreesbach, Matthias Zeller

    Producer: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg


    Script, Director of Photography, Animation: Sven Dreesbach, Matthias Zeller

    Script: Joerg Wolf

    Storyboard: Gunter Grossholz

    Scientific Consultant: Martin Komorek, Baxter Deutschland, GmbH Bioscience

    Music: Ilja Polach

    Producer: Klaus Riech, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

    Narrator: Hans-Peter Boegel

    CG Artists: Sven Dreesbach, Tanja Krampfert, Markus Plinke, Patrick Wachowiak, Florian Waldenmaier, Matthias Zeller

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