Out of the furnace…
The Federal Ministry for Climate Protection Austria releases a spooky animation about the threat posed by outdated fossil fuel energy systems.
- Director Renee Zhan
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Conceived by Jung Von Matt and directed by Renee Zhan through Blink Ink, the film, What’s That Lurking in the Basement?, draws attention to relics of the past - oil boilers, gas and and coal furnaces - that many Austrians have lurking in their cellars.
Using live-action puppetry and animation, Zhan juxtaposes humour and heavy metal music to evoke the horror and real-life threat of climate change, spreading the message that efficient energy usage is the way forward. Along with the intricately hand-crafted puppets and sets, twisted flames and smoke and oil effects were added to provide extra spark to the malevolent boilers.
Zhan commented: “I loved the original idea for this project – it felt like it could become a unique and timely film. I was really excited by the idea of using humour, metal music and Tim Burton-esque characters to spread the message of efficient energy usage and climate protection."