DONT KNOW WHAT
8 min, 2019
DCP-4K, 24 fps, dolby 5.1

Production format: RED video
Techniques used: single frame editing of image and sound
Screening format: DCP-4K

Concept, Direction, Animation, Music, Actor, Producer: Thomas Renoldner
Camera: Ludwig Löckinger
Sound recording: Adnan Popovic
Set assistent: Sophia Egger-Karlegger
Sound-design, color grading: Andi Haller

Financial support:
Bundeskanzleramt (Federal Chancellery of Austria,
Division for Arts and Culture)
State Government of Upper Austria - Cultural Dept.

Thanks to:
Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
Photo Laboratory - for the studio
Media Laboratory - for camera and light
Animation Laboratory - for editing equipment

WORDS ABOUT THE FILM:
Slogans, Synopis(es), Critics, etc.


...different versions for your choice...

DONT KNOW WHAT
a slapstick avantgarde film

...when art and entertainement clash...
How much entertainement is possible in avantgarde film, and how much experimentation in animation ?
The basic idea of DONT KNOW WHAT is to combine entertainement cinema and avantgarde film / video art.
With the method of single frame editing, which in the first step focused on the sound, the hyperrealistic film transforms into fantastic, surreal, structural and even abstract film.
It is also a musical composition, experimenting with the human voice and transforming language to sound and music.
The work also intends to play with the expectations of different audiences (theorists / curators), and to question common definitions of different film genres.
DONT KNOW WHAT shifts between different categories:
- live-action and animation
- realism and abstraction
- serious film art and entertainement cinema
- language and music
- conceptual planning and playful experimentation.
(T.R.)
A man gazes into the camera, breaths, speaks, and blinks. In playfully formal austerity, Thomas Renoldner explores the borders of the cinematic genre. Real film becomes stop-motion, language a hammering noise staccato. The film draws comical and intellectual potential from the transformation of organic movements and sounds into mechanical ones, from the dissolution of the world into abstraction and rhythm.

Die Nahaufnahme eines Mannes, der frontal in die Kamera blickt, atmet, spricht, blinzelt. Mit minimalistischem Setting in Schwarz-Weiß und reduzierter Handlung lotet Thomas Renoldner die Grenzen zwischen Unterhaltungs- und experimentell-strukturellem Film aus. In spielerischer Formstrenge werden Bewegungen und Töne angehalten, rückwärts abgespielt, in einzelne Segmente zerteilt und im Kurzschnittverfahren neu synthetisiert - auf den Kopf gestellt. Es ist die technische Transformation von organischen Bewegungen und Lauten in mechanische, aus denen DONT KNOW WHAT sein komisches wie intellektuelles Potenzial bezieht: Aus Realfilm wird Stop-Motion und schwarz-weißes Flickern, aus Sprache hämmerndes Klangstakkato, das an das Rattern eines Filmprojektors erinnert. Die Auflösung der Welt in Abstraktion und Rhythmus..

(Michelle Koch; Catalogue / Film Archive - DIAGONALE, Festival of Austrian Film, 2019)

FESTIVALS

DIAGONALE - Festival of Austrian Film - March 2019, Graz (A) - Competition: Innovative Cinema
GLAS - Int. Animation Festival - March 2019, Berkeley (USA) - International Competition
CROSSING EUROPE - Filmfestival - April 2019, Linz (A) - 'Local Artists' Competition
FLATPACK - Festival - April/May 2019, Birmingham (UK) - International Competition: (programme: Sound Bite)
ANIFILM - International Animation Film Festival - May 2019, Trebon (CZ) - International Competition: abstract and non-narrative animation
     SPECIAL JURY MENTION  (Jury: Annegret Richter, Max Hattler, Tomek Ducki)

ANIMAFEST - World Festival of Animated Film - June 2019, Zagreb (HR) - International Competition
ANNECY - International Animation Film Festival - June 2019, Annecy (F) - International Competition: Off Limits
     OFF LIMITS AWARD (Jury: Dean Deblois, Antonio Canobbio, Virginia Mori)
     "Best of Annecy 2019" - tour
FEST ANCA - Int. Animation Festival - June 2019, Zilina (SK) - International Competition
ANIMATOR - Int. Animation Festival - June 2019, Poznan (SK) - International Panorama
     Audience Choice - Programme 2
ANIMA MUNDI - Int. Animation Festival - July 2019, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paolo (BR) - International Competition
INSOMNIA - Int. Animation Festival - July 2019, Kaluga (RU) - International Competition
ANIMAFEST CYPRUS - Int. Animation Festival - July 2019, Salamiou, Platanistia (CYP) - International Competition
TAFF - Int. Animation Festival - August 2019, Turku (FIN) - International Competition
LINOLEUM - Festival of Contemporary Animation and Media Art - September 2019, Kyiv (UA) - Experimental Animation and Video Art Program
OIAF - Ottawa International Animation Festival - September 2019, Ottawa (CAN) - International Competition
ANIMATOU - International Animation Film Festival - October 2019, Geneva (CH) - International Competition - Best Experimental Short
ANIMA - Cordoba International Animation Festival - October 2019, Cordoba (AR) - International Competition