FIRST CHRISTMAS

Silver eurobest Award

Demo Film

Film

ClientERSTE GROUP BANK AG
Category A10. Animation
TitleFIRST CHRISTMAS
Product/ServiceERSTE GROUP
Entrant JUNG von MATT/DONAU Vienna, AUSTRIA
Idea Creation JUNG von MATT/DONAU Vienna, AUSTRIA
Production PASSION ANIMATION STUDIOS London, UNITED KINGDOM
Production 2 MCASSO London, UNITED KINGDOM
Credits
Name Company Position
Andreas Putz Jung von Matt/Donau Chief Creative Officer
Mike Nagy Jung von Matt/Donau Creative Director
Eva Zefferer Jung von Matt/Donau Copywriter
Karin Uebelbacher Jung von Matt/Donau Copywriter
Benedikt Nussbaumer Jung von Matt/Donau Account Director
Katharina Hoeller Jung von Matt/Donau Account Manager
Kyra Buschor Kyra & Constantin Director
Constantin Paeplow Kyra & Constantin Director
Debbie Crosscup Passion Animation Studios Executive Producer
Mike Turoff Passion Animation Studios Producer
Anna Cunnington Passion Animation Studios Producer
Rick Bland Passion Animation Studios Producer
Jason Nicholas Passion Animation Studios Special Effects Computer Graphics
Dave Walker Passion Animation Studios Special Effects Computer Graphics
Alex Holman Passion Animation Studios Special Effects Computer Graphics
Nami Strack - Sound Design Arrangement
Mike Connaris Mcasso Music Production Music
Tom Martin Mcasso Music Production Music

Write a short summary of what happens in the film

Christmas ist the time of the year we celebrate love and togetherness; the time you want to be close to your family and friends. However, that's a little difficult for Henry the hedgehog, who struggles to find new friends in school, because all the other animals in his class are afraid of his sharp quills. Thankfully his friend Squirrel comes up with an idea which they present to him on Christmas Day. This little tale of friendship and love shows that if not only you but also your fellows believe in you, then no obstacle is too big to conquer.

Tell the jury about type(s) of animation used and summarise any relevant challenges or techniques.

Henry’s world was fully designed in CG which gave us enough creative freedom to make the woodland creatures deem human and thus relatable. Our forest animals walk on their back legs, use objects like humans and wear garments. All in order to help people to identify even more with Henry and his story. The 3D characters were created in the style of old felt puppets to create a tactile and nostalgic feel. Their cute faces and design helped cut through the masses of Christmas adverts online.