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Interview – Lorenz Wunderle – ‘Coyote’ – A Short Film

Director Lorenz Wunderle and Producer Ramon Schoch’s animated short Coyote shares the sad story of a coyote that loses his family. This wonderful animation has been making quite a mark in the film world, winning numerous high profile film accolades and will now play at LA Film Festival.

A coyote loses his wife and children from an attack of wolfs. Anguished from human emotions he’s trying to process the experience. Besides grief and delusion, evil takes up more and more space.

Director Lorenz Wunderle received a Bachelors degree in 2D animation in 2013 and a Masters in animation from the HSLU Lucerne, Design and Kunst in 2015.  Since graduation Wunderle has worked as professional animator and filmmaker.  His filmography includes Whatever the Weather, Hypertrain and most recently, the award-winning film Coyote.

Before Ramon Schoch co-founded the YK Animation Studio GmbH in may 2013, he studied visual communication in 3D animation at the HSLU Lucerne, Design und Kunst. After working as a CGI professional on the animated feature Molly Monster, he started to work as a producer for animated shorts. His filmography includes the award-winning films In A Nutshell and Coyote.

Coyote received the Best Animation award at Aspen Film Shortfest, the Best European Short Animation award at Go Short in Nijmegen, the Best International Short in Palm Springs International Shortfest, the Jury Prize for Best Short at Popcorn Frights Film Festival and has been selected for over twenty high profile film festivals around the world.

Interview - Lorenz Wunderle - ‘Coyote’

Interview:

To begin with, tell us about your latest film ‘Coyote’…

‘Coyote’ is a trippy 2D revenge violent bloody galore hand drawn animation short film from Switzerland. It’s about a coyote that loses his family through an attack of satanic wolves and him getting his revenge with the help of a demon in exchange for his (the coyote’s) soul. The coyote is transported into another parallel world, where he experiences emotional sufferance, drugs and alcohol and again, the

beat downs of the wolves and his demons and then he finally gets to  slaughter the wolves and get his revenge but there isn’t the happy end that he was hoping from the demon for him and his family.

Where did the idea come from? How did you get involved with the film?

The idea for Coyote came from childhood cartoons like ‘The Looney Tunes’, ‘Tom & Jerry’, ‘Akira’, ‘Adventure Time’ and a lot of action movies back in the 80’s and 90’s. And I was interested in type of religion like Voodoo or Santeria or any mythological stories. On top I wanted to build a character that get pushed hard to the edge till he gets crazy violent.

Tell us about the cast, who is starring?

All my friends from whom I have known from my student time in Lucerne Switzerland

What are your influences as a filmmaker?

As an animator I like the works of Chuck Jones, Art Babbitt, Tex Avery, Ralph Bashki and a lot of more Artists. I really don’t know, I’m not so fixated on one or four artists. I take a lot of influences from different Art works, not only just films. I also have fun using influences from comics like Manu Larcent or illustrations or just cut variations between scenes from movies that I like. For example Satoshi Kon creates great fluid cuts.

Where there any significant issues throughout the films production? How did you overcome these difficulties?

It took a little while to find a producer that understood the taste and type of animation of Coyote. A friend was telling me that YK Animation Studio was then interested to produce animation short movies that were not coming from their team. So I knocked on their door, showed them my storyboard and my “fake teaser” for Coyote and after that we decided to work together.

During the productions there was no significant issues, thanks to the great team!

What advice would you give any up-and-coming filmmakers, trying to crack the industry?

I was very lucky and there were not much of big thresholds for me to overcome. I just had to be patient about my ideas, give myself a little time to become a little distance and be critical about my own ideas and get some feedbacks from other people that are honest with your work and figure out if the critical points are about content or just about the taste. And be involved in other projects, as an animator you can join other animation teams to work on their short films. Find out what your strengths are in filmmaking and get help for those spots where you lack on talent or understanding and try to get better on it.

When and where can we expect to see ‘Coyote’?

Coyote is showing right now on ‘ARTE’ a TV station from France and Germany and at the ‘BOGOSHORTS’ from 4th till 11th December in Bogotá, Colombia. And in other short film festivals around the world and I hope also some day near you!

What is the next step for you? Do you have any other films or projects in production?

YK Animation Studio has another 2D animation short film called ‘Lachfalten’ which means ‘Laugh Lines’ in English from Patricia Wenger and we have other shorts coming soon out next year. And ‘In a Nutshell’ from Fabio Friedli is available on Amazon Prime. We are trying to do 2 shorts in a year.

For me, I’m helping out as an animator in the coming projects of YK Animation Studio and trying to develop some new stories and maybe a series.

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