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Short film project as part of a two-man bachelor thesis at the Department of Media Technology at the University of Applied Sciences Dusseldorf.

In this short film, the Heinrich-Heine-University based statue of "Heinrich Heine", a German poet (1797-1856) is brought to life. Afterwards Heine visits stations of his life in today's North-Rhine-Westphalian capital and performs one of his poems - "Im wunderschönen Monat Mai" ("In the beautiful month of May") - set to music by "Robert Schumann" in Duesseldorf's grand concert hall "Tonhalle".


Backplates filmed on hacked Panasonic GH2. (Some quality problems in underexposed areas caused by the used hack's poor encoding. -.-)

The "Heine" 3D Model has been created more detailled than the original statue to be able to show detailled face mimics and the clothes' dynamic behaviour.

"Heine" Character anmations created with help of low-cost body and facial motion capturing solutions

Heavy use of Disney's PTEX

"Tonhalle" created almost entirely with VFX in Post (3D Camera Projection, etc.)

Rendered on two Core I7 quadcore, 16 GB RAM personal computers

Projects' data volume: about 700 Gigybytes


„Heinrich Heine in Düsseldorf“

A film by
Jan Willem ter Horst & Jan Riechelmann

Prof. Dr. Karin Welkert-Schmitt
Thomas Zipf
Jan Willem ter Horst
Jan Riechelmann

Story & Directing:
Jan Willem ter Horst
Jan Riechelmann

Justus Seeger

Jan Riechelmann

Jan Willem ter Horst

Jan Riechelmann

Character Concepts:
Katharina Regulski

Character Modelling:
Jan Willem ter Horst

Motion Capturing:
Jan Willem ter Horst

Rigging & Animation:
Jan Willem ter Horst

Cloth Simulation:
Jan Willem ter Horst

3D Sculpting:
Jan Riechelmann

Textures and Materials:
Jan Riechelmann

Jan Riechelmann

Match Moving:
Jan Riechelmann

Set 3D Modelling:
Jan Riechelmann

3D Camera Projection:
Jan Riechelmann

Jan Riechelmann

Color Correction & Color Grading:
Jan Riechelmann

Sound Design:
Jan Willem ter Horst
Jan Riechelmann

Ambient Sound Recorings:
Lukas Terfloth

Voice Recordings:
Yuliana Atakishieva

“Too Quiet (Piano)” von “OldDog”
Released under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license

“Im Wunderschönen Monat Mai”
Text: Heinrich Heine
Music: Robert Schumann
Vocals: Justus Seeger
Piano: Amina Taikenova
Recorded and produced by:
Jasper von Rühling · Micheal Bothur · Adam Kujawski

Audio Restauration:
Wolfgang Böckelmann, Revierton-Studios Herne

Sound Mix:
Jan Riechelmann

Heinrich Heine quotes taken from:
“Geständnisse”, “Ideen. Das Buch Le Grand”, “Reisebilder 1”,
“Deutschland. Ein WIntermärchen”, “Die Heimkehr”

Additional equipment provided by:
FH Düsseldorf - Department of Media Technology
FH Düsseldorf - Department of Social Sciences
MMT Veranstaltungstechnik GmbH

Copyright notice:
The Heinrich Heine 3D model used in this film is based on a replica of a "Heine"-Sculpture by Hugo Lederer.

Thanks to:
Prof. Dr. Karin Welkert-Schmitt, University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf
Thomas Zipf, University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf
Prof. Dr. Eng. / Univ. of Tsukuba Jens Herder, University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf
Joachim Tomesch, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf
Dr. Ursula Roth, Heinrich Heine Institut
Michael Becker, Tonhalle Düsseldorf
Anke Henseler, Tonhalle Düsseldorf
Wolfgang Böckelmann, Revierton-Studios Herne
Lukas Terfloth

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