- christian schlaeffer
John Frum, Messiah of polynesian Cargo Cults, returns as an astronaut and businessman to the postindustrial wasteland of the financial-service-economy. Together with a native, he sets out for a "conquest of the useless" — or something. then things get confused, and what begins as a journey turns into a trip far off the boundaries of so called "logic" and "meaning". With a storyline initially based on the prophecies of the seemingly most syncretic, ridiculous and pointless religion in the world — though really not any more syncretic, ridiculous and pointless than any and all other religions — computer-aided handdrawn 2D animation and 2D-3D-hybrid background art celebrate a renaissance of the unconscious, free from the technocratic structuralism of our times.
At 21:00 on 25 Mar 2011
This amazing short film, which would make an animation studio proud of their work, has actually been designed, directed and animated by one person, German student of design Christian Schlaeffer.
At 21:01 on 25 Mar 2011
A really exciting independent student animation, creator Christian Schlaeffer managed to find the geek buttons hidden somewhere on my body and hit them so hard that they overrode my brain—which told me that this film makes no f—ing sense. I don’t think an explication of the underlying mythology helps much, and a primer from Schlaeffer website does only a little. Instead what we get is eye candy in a hyper-cool and stylized 7 minute piece that seems ripped from the subconscious of a hopped up hippy.
At 21:02 on 25 Mar 2011
The Return of John Frum is Christian Schlaeffer’s thesis project from his studies at The University of Applied Sciences, in Augsburg, Germany. It’s an intricately-crafted, 7-minute opus set in a post-industrial world. We meet John Frum, who visits an abondoned office park and sets off on a journey with a native being. What happens after that, is perplexing and gorgeous.
At 21:06 on 25 Mar 2011
“The Return of John Frum” is Christian Schlaeffer’s exceptional thesis from The University of Applied Sciences in Augsburg, Germany. You can almost see the blood, sweat and tears that Christian put in to this film, and we are absolutely blown away by the brilliance of this work and really excited for this young director’s future. Bravo Christian!
At 21:38 on 25 Mar 2011
Largely, the celebration of a piece of film focuses purely on narrative structure, which begs the question, if you have no clue what a film’s ‘about’ can you truthfully say you liked it? Christian Schlaeffer’s animation The Return of John Frum is proof positive that you can.
At 21:40 on 25 Mar 2011
Christian Schlaeffer… damn. I have no words. First you should know that its a bizarre head trip. And if you’re ok with that then you just have to watch this BIG and turn up the volume.
At 21:44 on 25 Mar 2011
When I was watching Christian Schlaeffer‘s thesis film, I could’t help but wonder what the hell was the creator taking when he made this. The film, while boasting some beautiful and religious imageries, is also insanely weird and bizarre, and at times quite gruesome too. Although I had no idea what I was seeing, I can’t stop watching it either .
At 21:46 on 25 Mar 2011
“The Return of John Frum” is really something that you can’t miss if you like animations and short films.