Wagner's Life In Miniature

I created this animation for SinfiniMusic about the life of composer Richard Wagner.

I did extensive research and tried to integrate as many elements from Wagners life into the animation. For example the stage where the piece is set is based on drawings and schematics of the real Bayreuth festival hall which Wagner built. You can see the exterior of the building in the final scene of the animation. All the buildings in the cot scene are based on real 19th Century architecture from Leipzig.

I drew the textures and illustrations by hand then took them into Cinema 4D to animate. I also modelled a lot of the elements and used my hand rendered images to texture them. I also used Sketch and Toon to create linework around the geometry to help integrate it.
I used a number of animation techniques from keyframing by hand to making use of rigid body simulations for the mechanical signs and cots and so on and of course cloth tags for the curtains. I also used a few particles for the 'Gesamtkunstwerk' section.

Below are some production images, click to enlarge.

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Music: Zu Dir Wall Ich, Mein Jesus Christ from Tannhäuser. Conductor: W. Sawallisch
Trauermarsch from Götterdämmerung. Berliner Philharmoniker Conductor: L. Maazel
Die Walkurie from  "Der Ring des Nibelungen". Berliner Philharmoniker. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan