Category Archives: Games

Game productions of and with students of Trickfilmklasse Kassel.

REVIEW: ITFS and FMX 2017

Stuttgart: Beim Internationalen Trickfilmfestival in Stuttgart (ITFS) war auch die Trickfilmklasse vertreten…

…und präsentierte in der dortigen GAMEZONE verschiedenste Spiele und künstlerische Installationen.

»Übungen in Neugierde« war der Titel der Ausstellung, die für den Betrachter zu einer Entdeckertour wurde.

Eine Highlight war die Präsentation dreier brandneuer VR-Projekte: Bei »Where is Joe« kann in die Gestalt eines Riesen geschlüpft, und eine virtuelle Stadt erkundet werden.

»Zoetrop« macht es möglich, mittels virtueller Farbe im 3D-Raum zu zeichnen und eigene Animationen zu erstellen und »das Labor« verbindet visuelle Wahrnehmung mit haptischer Erfahrung und bietet ein spannendes Tasterlebnis mit Überraschungseffekt.


Trickfilme von Studierenden wurden auf der Werkschau im Kino präsentiert.

Parallel zum ITFS fand zudem vom 1. – 5. Mai die FMX, Conference on Animation, Effects, Games und Transmedia unter dem Motto »Beyond the Screen« statt. Die Trickfilmklasse präsentierte sich und ihren Studiengang an einem von den Studierenden designten Stand.


https://www.fmx.de/
http://www.itfs.de/
http://www.wkv-stuttgart.de/

Trickfilmklasse at ITFS and FMX 2017

The Trickfilmklasse Kassel exhibits at the WKV ( Württembergischen Kunstverein ) as part of the GameZone. The exhibition is placed within the framework of the ITFS ( Internationales Trickfilm-Festival Stuttgart – Festival of Animated Film ), that takes place from May 2nd – 7th in Stuttgart.

Exhibition location is on the 1st floor in the WKS, room number 216.


At the same time as the animation festival the FMX 2017 ( International Conference on Animation, Effects, VR, Games and Transmedia ) takes place from May 2nd – 5th. The Trickfilmklasse Kassel has an exhibition booth at the conference.


Das Internationale Trickfilm-Festival Stuttgart – Festival of Animated Film (ITFS),
2. – 7. Mai 2017, wurde 1982 gegründet und ist eines der weltweit größten und wichtigsten Festivals für Animationsfilm. In neun Wettbewerbskategorien werden über 70.000 Euro Preisgeld vergeben. Neben dem Partner Spotlight – Festival für Bewegtbildkommunikation arbeitet das ITFS eng mit der FMX zusammen. Als Europas größte Fachkonferenz für Animation, Effekte, VR, Games und digitale Medien (Conference on Animation, Effects, VR, Games and Transmedia) veranstaltet sie gemeinsam mit dem ITFS die Businessplattform Animation Production Day, dem einzigen auf Animationsprojekte spezialisierten Koproduktion- und Finanzierungsmarkt in Deutschland.


https://www.fmx.de/
http://www.itfs.de/
http://www.wkv-stuttgart.de/

Tiny & Big is the winner of the DEUTSCHE COMPUTERSPIELPREIS

Big win with the play developers of Blackpants: Their game Tiny & Big has won the German computer game prize in the category “Best new concept from student competition”. The € 35,000 prize is not the first award that the Kassel team wins with the game.

Black Pants are a group of students and former students of the trick film class as well as informatics graduates of the Ing.-Schule Kassel, who gathered together about two years ago in order to jointly develop a computer game. The computer scientists had written a 3d-game engine and were working with animators to develop a 3d adventure game. The cooperation was fruitful: last year, a first demo of Tiny & Big has appeared and has caused a stir in the world of independent game makers and players. Just a few days ago, Black Pants traveled to the San Francisco Independent Games Festival in the USA to receive their award in the student competition. Then they won the Unity Award in Austin (Texas) as part of the SXSW festival.

On the last Wednesday evening, Blackpants in Munich were awarded the German Computer Game Prize as part of a festive gala. With radiant faces, Christian Niemand and Sebastian Stamm, the group’s representative, accepted the prize for the best concept in the competition for newcomers. The associated cash prize of € 35,000 enables the Group to continue to remain independent and to work on the development of Tiny & Big. In the fall, a new version will appear, with new features and several levels.
Congratulations!

www.tinyandbig.com

Lea Schönfelder featured by SWR2 – RADIOINTERVIEW

Their latest game, “UTE”, won just a few weeks ago at the prestigious INDEPENDENT GAMES FESTIVAL. Even the predecessor “Ulitsa Dimitrova” has provided international attention. Lea Schönfelder not only gets attention from the play scene: SWR (Südwestrundfunk) invited her to the studio as part of the program “Jungle Magazine” in the SWR2 and asked questions about the game and her artistic work.

The conversation is featured by SWR2 http://www.swr.de/

Ulitsa Dimitrova“ gibt es zum kostenlosen Download unter www.ulitsa-dimitrova.com

UTE“ ist als Onlinegame spielbar unter www.ute-game.com

Success at the INDEPENDENT GAMES FESTIVAL

The 13th INDEPENDENT GAMES FESTIVAL San Francisco (IGF) has just released the excellent games of this year’s student showcase. And so in the Trickfilmklasse Kassel for much joy provided: 3 of the 14 excellent games this year are of class! The festival is one of the biggest and most important events of the indie game scene.


Student Showcase Gewinner: „Tiny and Big“ von BLACK PANTS

Seit nunmehr zwei Jahren arbeitet eine Entwicklergruppe von Studenten der Trickfilmklasse und Informatikern der Ing-Schule Kassel an dem 3d-Game „Tiny and Big“. Mittlerweile hat sich daraus ein 5-köpfiges, unabhängiges Entwicklerteam mit Sitz in Kassel gegründet. Nach einer ersten Demoversion von „Tiny and Big“ mit überwältigendem Feedback bewarb sich „Black Pants“, wie sich die Entwickler nennen, nun mit der neuen Version des Spiels für das Student Showcase des IGF und ist unter den 8 Gewinnern des Student Showcase.

Als Character „Tiny“ muss der Spieler in „Tiny and Big“ mit Hilfe eines Laserschneiders Wege finden und konstruieren, um in einer komplexen Wüstenwelt eine von „Big“ gestohlene Unterhose zurückzuerobern.

www.tinyandbig.com

“Ulitsa Dimitrova” has already been awarded a play by Lea Schönfelder at the IGF last year (we reported http://trickfilm.uni-kassel.de/2010/01/20/ulitsa-dimitrova-wins-atindependent-games-festival/). For her new and no less explosive game “UTE”, Lea Schönfelder now receives an “Honorary Mention” in the Student Showcase. The game invites you to have sex with as many men as possible as protagonist “UTE”, to crack the Highscore – and not get caught. Lea Schönfelder can now look forward to re-honoring her work and the related attention. “Ute” was programmed by Stefan Lind, a student at the Ing-Schule Kassel.

www.ute-game.com


Honorable Mention: “About Love, Hate and the other ones” by Tobias Bilgeri

Just a few weeks ago Tobias Bilgeri published the now excellent first 10 levels of his online game “About Love, Hate & the other ones”. By means of the two game figures a way has to be found and built in a 2d world in order to reach the exit from the level in the form of a red button. The goal is to get as few moves as necessary, and many moves as possible.

Further levels are in progress and will be published on the website’s website. By the way, the characters “Love” and “Hate” are also part of his final work in the animation film class, an animation
series.www.aboutloveandhate.de

CONGRATULATIONS!

UTE is online

This year, Lea Schönfelder has created an excitement in the game industry with her computer game “Ulitsa Dimitrova”. First she won an award at the Student Showcase at the “Independent Games Festival”, then the British newspaper “The Independent” reported on Russian government censorship projects the game. Since today, their new game “Ute” is online and has the potential to provide excitement again!

A simple start screen with black and white line drawings awaits the visitor of www.ute-game.com. It is noted that “Ute” is a game for adults. The reason for this is the goal of the game: to have as much sex as possible before marriage.

Ute runs around and meets an odd number of men with whom she can sleep. The more sex she has, the more points she gets. But since all the men are in love with her, she has to be careful that she is not seen by the other men when she is in bed. If they are caught, two men fall away, who never sleep with her again. In the end, a man remains in the game. Ute must marry him. In a highscore you can enter the collected points on the website and I measure with other players.

The game was realized in cooperation with the programmer Stefan Lind of the engineering school Kassel. Have fun playing!

By the way: Lea Schönfelder is looking forward to feedback on the game ( lea@schoenfelder.co )

ULITSA DIMITROVA disputed by Russian government

The game “Ulitsa Dimitrova” by Kassel students Lea Schönfelder and Gerard Delmàs may fall victim to censorship in Russia. The British daily “The Independent” reported on 5 June 2010 (link to the article http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/russia-wants-to-ban-cold-war-villains) -from-games-1992016.html.

According to the newspaper, the Russian Parliament is currently discussing the possibility of forbidding “anti-Russian” computer games. The article also mentions “Ulitsa Dimitrova” as well as the famous game “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2”, where the players at Moscow’s airport have to shoot innocent passengers.

In “Ulitsa Dimitrova” the task of the player is to keep the small street boy Pyotr alive by letting him break into houses, sniffing glue, drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes. If you stop to deal with the boy, the boy sits down on the freezing streets of Saint Petersburg and freezes in the snow.

Lean Schönfelder has been studying in the Trickfilmklasse since 2006 and has developed and realized the game together with Gerard Delmàs, a student in the “New Media” class. The game was inspired by a visit to Saint Petersburg, where she got in touch with street children. We are eager to see how the specific censorship of the game will look in Russia, after all, the game is available on various websites worldwide for free download.