u19 - Create Your World

Auszeichnung - Award of Distinction

Flucht

Dimitri Teufl (AT)




URL:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs_Ll3TYNNxXScoXctxHcNw

I’ve been fascinated by LEGO ever since my earliest childhood, and then when I entered elementary school I started getting interested in LEGO films too. For my first attempts at producing one myself, I used my cell phone. I didn’t start working with a real camera until my Flucht (Fleeing) project, in which I used the stop-motion technique.

My teacher was already familiar with my LEGO musical films and she encouraged me to enter the Ars Electronica’s u19 competition. When it came time to choose a topic, I happened to be reading a really sad book about a family that fled from Tunisia. I found this true story really touching, so one thing just led to another: the theme of my film would be fleeing.

So I got started with a Nikon D200, a tripod, a computer program named Magix and lots of LEGO. I also got a lot of useful knowledge from reading a book entitled Ins Paradies? (Into Paradise?)

I often had to reshoot a scene a couple of times until I was satisfied with it. After many hours of work—about 55 all together—I created the appropriate soundtrack for my 2,592 photos. Each one of them appears on screen for approximately one-tenth of second, since that’s what it takes to produce fluid motion.

I hope that my project can offer a different point of view to people who are hostile towards refugees or are afraid of them.

Biography:

Dimitri Teufl

Dimitri Teufl (born 2003), is 13 years old, lives in Tyrol and attends Wörgl High School. He is interested in football, making mini-videos and playing games on his computer. Much of his attention is taken up by his little sister, Naima.