Our Wonderful Nature

Our Wonderful Nature

Germany 2008, 35mm, Dolby Digital, colour, with dialogue, 5 min, 3D computer animation, 1 : 1,85
Director, Screenwriter, Director of Photography, Editor, Animation: Tomer Eshed; Music: Stefan Maria Schneider; Production: Film and Televisoon Academy “Konrad Wolf” in Potsdam Babelsberg;
The mating behavior of the water shrew as it has never been shown before…

Tomer Eshed

was born in 1977 in Tel Aviv. After graduating from the School of Arts in Jerusalem in 1995, he served in the military for three years before working on various film projects in New York and travelling through Central and South America from 2000 to 2001. From 2004 to 2009 he studied animation at the Konrad Wolf Film and Television University in Potsdam-Babelsberg. He has been a director at the “Talking Animals” studio in Berlin since 2011. “Our Wonderful Nature “is his first animated film from his studies at the university.
Filmography: Our Wonderful Nature (2008), Flamingo Pride (2011)
Awards: Hamburg Animation Award, 2008: second prize and audience award; bitfilm 08 – Digital Film Festival Hamburg, 2008: first prize in the 3D category; SIGGRAPH, Los Angeles, USA, 2008: special well-told fable prize; International Documentary and Animated Film Festival Leipzig, 2008: prize for the best German animated film; Brief Encounters Short Film Festival, Bristol, England, 2008: 4Mations International Newcomer Award; Short Tiger Award 2008; Anima Mundi, International Animation Festival, Rio de Janeiro, 2009: best student film – audience award of the city of Rio de Janeiro; 36th Annual Student Academy Awards, Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA: nomination for Student Academy Award 2009

Lernmaterialien Filmschule DaF

In between the battle scene and the end of “Our Wonderful Nature” there is a short but explicit mating scene between the two water shrews. Please be advised to check this scene which is about ten seconds long, before showing it in a high school setting.

Our Wonderful Nature - Arbeitsblätter (PDF, 148 KB)
Our Wonderful Nature - Hinweise für Lehrende (PDF, 22 KB)