The transformation of oral tradition, fairy tales, legends and myth into animation-films: That was the idea of twelve filmmakers and culture-pedagogues from Columbia, Ecuador, Estonia and Germany who travelled together for five month to rural areas in each of the four countries.
Three animation-film workshops were held in each country for young participants, in which the youngsters researched local stories in order to transform them into short animated films.
The aim of Living Legends was to collect and preserve oral history and wisdom, which is traditionally passed on by the older generation to the young, but in many places there is very little – if any – left of word of mouth storytelling.
Living Legends created an exchange between generations and used modern communication tools to give new life to the stories.
The Animation Film Workshops
Stories Shrouded in Legend
With professional guidance the youngsters produced animation films of the stories they found and heard. They learned each step of the animation film process to create the films: beginning with drawing a storyboard, building the sets and characters, up to animation and sound recording.
Beautiful stories were rediscovered, for example the 12 Giants who became mountains in the Andes (Ecuador) or the saga of how howler monkeys got their loud voices (Colombia), to mention just two of over 40 stories.
The films were screened publicly in each community directly after the workshops and they were also shared on the project website where an archive is generated for the preservation of all the stories.
To Be Continued:
Screenings, More Workshops, DIY Manuals
The Living Legends Team plan on continuing to host workshops in the partner countries and another workshop was already hosted by Moviemiento in 2017 in Berlin.
The finished films will then go on tour in 2018 and be presented at several screenings in all four countries. More info regarding dates of these screenings can be found soon on our website.
At the moment the team are writing workshop manuals which are free to download from the project website from 2018. Those interested can use this manual to host workshops themselves on the basis of those hosted by Living Legends.