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“One Minute Puberty” by Alexander Gellner

Berlin-based artist Alexander Gellner created One Minute Puberty recently as part of his graduation project from HTW Berlin. The school didn’t have an animation department, but Gellner tells me they allowed him to make this film provided he didn’t ask his professors how to animate. The results, created over the span of seven weeks, speak for themselves. I loved every moment of Gellner’s energetic piece, which is actually One Minute and Forty One Seconds Puberty, though understandably that title isn’t as catchy. There’s nothing inherently original about showing the phases of puberty, but Gellner’s approach distinguishes the film. The metamorphic state of the character and rapid-fire scenes visually reflect the raging hormones that characterize this stage of our development and the inherent confusion of trying to sort out all the changes in a person’s body and mind. Track and sound design by Niklas A Kröger.

  • greg m.

    Ganz Cool!!

  • amazing

  • Paul D


  • Awesome! In addition to the comments made by Amid, I also really dug how Mr. Gellner* made even the funnest parts of puberty** seem sorta scary and disorienting and wholly overwhelming.

    *He’s passed through puberty and is officially a man now. It’s about damned time we started calling him “Mr.”

    **Sex and, well…SEX!

    • amid

      Great observation, Ju-osh.

  • brad


  • dr. truth

    This is a beautiful piece!!!
    Very well crafted!!

  • That was awesome xD Brilliantly animated too.

  • Nicely Done!
    Not to take away from Mr Gellner’s remarkable work,
    I thought it might be fun to revisit a very different film with a similar theme.

  • jordan reichek

    trippy and fun…i’d buy that for a dollar!

  • Loved all the fantastic energy! Great solid black and white design too. Hope he continues to make more!

  • Jonathan Hohensee

    You know, I like that films can be distributed in such a way that it can reach a wide audience like this, but I find it a little disturbing that I’ll click on this film (Like the many, many student films featured on CB before) watch it, and then go on with the onslaught of information consumption that you get with the usual internet session. I mean, this (pretty good) film was just one minute in the middle of an hour-long blur of clips and articles…what preceded “One Minute Puberty” was a video of a cat and what followed it was TMNT video game clip…and so, by the nature of the internet, this very nice short film was just another log on the very, very large pile of the media I’ve seen today.

    Which means that the scant amount of attention I give the film is absurdly dwarfed the effort that was put into it.

    By being featured on the blog, my connection to this film lacks the type of intimacy that you’d get through watching it in a theater, or watching a DVD in your living room. As a filmmaker, that scares the f**k out of me that this is the world we live in.

    It feels as if it is getting easier and easier to reach an audience, but more and more difficult to penetrate them emotionally.

    • Furry Cartoon Brew Reader

      You know, I was just thinking the same thing, after going to see Spike & Mike’s 2011 Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation, a few days ago. I remembered seeing the original festival in a theater back in the early 90s(?) and the vibe was so different. Back then, there was no way to see outside-the-box and foreign animated shorts – at least until MTV’s Liquid Television came along – so as an event it was special. You still didn’t know the artists, and the artists weren’t there to see your reactions, but the rarity and the group audience experience was something I feel we’ve lost.

      I’m glad that artists can so easily distribute their work now, but I do miss that theater experience. Plus at the 2011 show there were maybe a dozen people (wasn’t well-advertized), and folks are shy to laugh out loud when the group is that small.

      There was also a loss of surprise – I’d already seen a third of the shorts already via the Internet, so they didn’t have that elation at seeing something new and unexpected. I don’t think there’s really a solution for that, unless an artist wants to hold back their work from the masses to take on the art festival circuit.

      Maybe it’s not just the difficulty of vying for the viewer’s attention amidst media overload, but the simultaneousness of having a group audience – most often these days you’ve got an audience of one, followed by another audience of one, and then another one, and then another. Short videos are like little gift snacks from friends. Be it on a blog (“I appreciate you, my readers, here’s something I think you might like”) or at the personal level of e-mail (“Hey friend, you should watch this video”) – forming little memetic tendrils spreading all over the place, brief friendly connections, trying to distract people momentarily from everyday drudgery. How do you measure that; how, as an artist, does one ultimately feel rewarded for their work, in such a nebulous network of distant, fleeting connections?

      • Don’t loose heart, FCBR! There’s still some great animation festivals out there! Also, check out some year-end screenings from animation schools in your area. They’re great places to see unwatched films with a lively audience!

      • Furry Cartoon Brew Reader

        Oh, I’m not discouraged! Just missing the audience feel of the pre-Youtube/Vimeo days and ruminating about current distribution models. Selections from last year’s Ottawa Animation Festival recently came through town here, and in early May there’ll be a local film festival that includes animation and puppetry. Last year they brought in The Secret of Kells and Summer Wars, amongst others – I’m waiting for them to announce this year’s schedule!

      • A.C.

        Just want to say all of your comments sum up exactly why I tend to hesitate on online distribution sometimes. I hate that feeling of just being swarmed up in the massive Youtube ocean. Sure, friends check out my stuff, and I get good comments..but that’s usually where it ends.

        Hence why I’m still trying to make it to the TV screen (despite how bad TV animation is right now and all the more decades it’ll take).

  • Delightful animation. Almost as much fun as puberty.

  • Aside from art, my ii year-old son thought it was a scream.

  • Man, super good. Lots of great stuff on the Brew today.

  • I can relate! That was great from start to end. I’d like to see a version done for female puperty to compliment this film.

  • Very enjoyable. :)

  • Totally wicked!

  • Sooooo cool! :D