A car-eating monster draws attention to the German museum.
The Mercedes-Benz Museum is celebrating its ten-year anniversary in part with two whimsical new short films that highlight the storied automaker’s history. The clips first debuted last month to open the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film, and will continue to be shown both at the museum and online.
The first video, “Hungry for History,” reimagines the stylish Mercedes-Benz Museum as a robotic monster, hungry for bits of Benzes past. Using vintage footage of classic Mercedes cars, filmmakers Marco Erbrich and Florian Greth spliced in a CGI monster that greedily gobbles up vehicles from various decades of Mercedes’ history. Finally, the monster comes home to roost in Stuttgart, revealing itself to be the embodiment of the 178,000 square-foot Mercedes-Benz Museum.
The second video, “A Girl Called Mercedes,” revisits the automaker's origins 130 years ago, focusing on an impressive trip made by Bertha Benz in an early car in 1888, and Mercédès Jellinek, whose name was used for Daimler’s car company in 1902. Using hand-built, stop-motion photography, the film was created by three students from Germany’s Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design. German actor and voiceover artist Boris Aljinovic narrates the video, which tells the story of how Carl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler developed early automobiles.
The Mercedes-Benz Museum has welcomed more than seven million visitors since opening in 2006. It currently houses a total of 1,500 exhibits and 160 cars, with a tour of the exhibition taking approximately two hours.
Mercedes-Benz Museum Short Films
Direction and 3D animation: Marco Erbrich, born 1985, studied animation at the Filmakademie in Ludwigsburg between 2008 and 2014, and in 2014 set up "Flyvision Media". Specialises in animation and visual effects for films and commercials.
Direction, editing and compositing: Florian Greth, born 1985, studied animation at the Filmakademie in Ludwigsburg between 2008 and 2014, then worked as a freelance compositing artist and at Flyvision Media.
Screenplay, direction, camera & sound, 3D animation and post production:Annarita Matuschka, born 1987, has studied at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design since 2010 and at the New York Academy of Art and the Art Students League of New York since 2014. She has worked with Eduard Losing since 2010 on art projects and exhibitions in southern Germany, Austria and New York.
Eduard Losing, born 1989, has studied at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design since 2010. He has worked with Annarita Matuschka since 2010 on art projects and exhibitions in southern Germany, Austria and New York.
Dirk Michael Flach, born 1989, has studied at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design since 2011. Various artistic projects, and solo and group exhibitions in Baden-Württemberg and Düsseldorf, plus projects as an animated film maker.
Stefan Heller, born 1985, studied art at the State Academy of Art and Design between 2004 and 2010. Freelance artist and animated film maker since 2010. Various solo and group exhibitions in Baden-Württemberg and Düsseldorf.
Narrator: Boris Aljinovic, born 1967, German theatre and film actor and narrator of numerous audio books and radio plays.