HELP, I SHRUNK MY TEACHER

comedy film | Blue Eyes Fiction + Karibufilm + MINI Film | 2014

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director : Sven Unterwaldt
dop : Stephan Schuh
costumes : Birgit Hutter
sfx : Helmut Neudorfer | Magix FX
vfx : Sven Martin | Pixomondo

“The film tells the story of 11-year-old Felix, whom nobody believes he has “shrunk” the universally hated school principal Dr. Schmitt-Gössenwein to a height of just 17 centimetres …”

This was my biggest project so far, some days my SUPERB (!) crew was so big, it was impossible to know all their names! The film was shot all over Germany, sets and studios were spread around 600km. Basically we were like a travelling circus, all our office gear, workshop and props ready to be packed and go again. What an adventure … ;)

Creating sets for a person that has to look 10 times as small, means that the floor or object this person is standing next to has to be built 10 times as big. Now what sounds like a lot of fun quickly became a huge brainteaser: Sometimes it was impossible to find material that could be “authentically” shrunk or scaled up – due to it’s texture, size, flexibility, rigidity, … for some objects like the rubber band in the pencil case this became almost a nightmare.

And then there was the PARKOUR … such a cool set to design. Basically what was written in the book was not even understandable … So the director and me sat together for 2 whole days and started to imagine what it could really be, how it could look and feel and function, and I think if someone would have seen us with all our weird sketches, jumping back and forth in this office trying to imitate the possible actions, well yeah .. you know.. film is crazy ;)

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media / press

(e)nglish, (g)erman

– Hilfe, ich hab meine Lehrerin geschrumpft –
(g) official site

– trailer with english subtitles –
(e) official trailer

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credits

– Blue Eyes Fiction + Karibufilm + MINI Film –

production design : Alexandra Maringer
art director : Bettina Morell
set decorator : Birgit Esser
production design assistant : Anna-Maria Otte
art department trainee : Benita von Hornstein

prop master : Sandra Zimmerle
graphic artists : Friederike Fischer, Nele-Tabea Reineke, Lisa Salat
stand by prop : Nadine Naumovic
prop driver : Vince Varona

construction manager : Florian Schafarschik
set builders : Michael Adam, Armin Hecht
scenic artist : Fabian Kraus
sculptor : Björn Poppinga
swing gang : Klaus Heimes

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: additional crew BAYERN :

location scouts : Antonia Haacke, Bettina Morell
prop assistant : Hella Stichlmair
set dresser : Anuchai Wolfgang Dodo Lilienthal
prop driver : Gerhard Lassen
trainees: Jochen Born, Mareike Rückert

set builders : Florian Bartl, Simon Bartl, Philipp Kuse, Carlos Wagner

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: additional crew NRW :

location scout : Pia Esten
prop assistant : Susan Gohsmann
set dresser : Carsten Wesche-Böttcher
prop driver : Akin Cusuz

construction managers : Uli Langenberg (school), Dominik Wipperfürth (studio shell)
set builders : Michael Bernardy, Fake Filmconstruction (school), MMC Ausstattung (studio shell)
scenic artist : Achim Reimann (school)
assistant scenic painter : Nina Horstmeier
trainee scenic art : Johanna Schreiber

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: additional crew HESSEN :

construction managers : Ali Brambilla, Jürgen Henn
set builders : frix 3D

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