Short Film | 2011
Directed by Mike Kren & Mirjam Baker

Black Screen. A door opens. Light from the inside illuminates the silhouette of a man. He enters an empty, run-down room with yellowed wallpaper. A stop motion puppet animation telling a story about the attempt to come to terms with a situation and the liberation from it.

The Back Room is the short film version of the music video to the song ‘Galaxy’ written by Ben Martin and performed by I AM CEREALS.

Music Video | 2011
Directed by Mike Kren & Mirjam Baker

Official music video for Galaxy, performed by Austrian band I AM CEREALS.
A stop motion puppet animation telling a story about the attempt to come to terms with a situation and the liberation from it.

Festival Screenings (selection)

The Back Room

Annecy Festival International du Film d’Animation 2012FRA | Hiroshima International Animation Festival 2012, JAP DOK Leipzig 2012, GERInternational Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart 2013, GER | Animateka 2012, SL | StopTrik Festival 2013, PL | Invideo 2013, ITA | Trickfilmfestival Wiesbaden 2013, GER | Filmabend in der Manege 2014, AUT | Stop Motion Montreal 2013, CAN | Istanbul Animation Festival 2012, TR | Imago Festival Universidad de las Artes Havanna 2013, CUB | Tehran International Animation Festival 2013, IR | Kingbonn New Media Shorts 2013, Shenzhen, CN | Ciné-Jeune de l’Aisne 2013, FRA | Sydney International Animation Festival 2012, AUS | Stuttgarter Filmwinter 2012, GER | Exground Filmfest 2012, GER Valladolid International Film Festival 2012, ESP | China International Animation and Digital Arts Festival CICDAF 2012, CHN | Anima Mundi 2012, BRA | London International Animation Festival LIAF 2012, UK | Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival SICAF 2012, KR | Melbourne International Animation Festival 2012, AUS | Diagonale 2012, AUT  Fantoche 2012, SUI | International Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart 2012, GER  |  Tricky Women 2012, AUT  |  One Day Animation Festival 2011, AUT  |  Content Award 2011, AUT  |  CinemaNext Filmnacht 2011, AUT


Istanbul Animation Festival 2012, TR | AniFest 2012, CZ  |  CinemaNext Filmnacht Wels 2012 | International Student Film Festival London 2012, UK   Shoot-Me 2011, NL  Diagonale 2011, AUT  |  Shortynale 2011, AUT  |  Austria 9 Shorts, AUT   Music Austria 2011, AUT


Written, Produced, Animated and Directed by
Mike Kren & Mirjam Baker

Production Management
Jodok Böhm

Design by
Michael Ammer
Mirjam Baker
Mike Kren

Camera and Lighting by
Mirjam Baker
Mike Kren

Julian Cech

Puppet by
Michael Ammer
Mirjam Baker
Wuli Pawlat

Set Construction by
Michael Ammer
Mirjam Baker

Additional Set Construction by
Manuel Corn
Mike Kren
Wuli Pawlat
Philip Schmallegger

Edited by
Mike Kren

Cast Layout
Manuel Wagner

VFX Previs
Felix Knoche

Color Correction and Grading
Ralf Woltron

Mike Kren
Ralf Woltron

Visual Effects
Christian Waldhofer

Sounddesign and Mixing (Back Room)
Matthias Ermert

Special Thanks to
Julian Baker
Petra Buchmayer
Manuel Corn
Maria and Otmar Garschall
Steffi Gratzer
Jürgen Haas
Norbert Hackl
Vera Hartner
Dieter Karner
Stefan Karner
Dr. Maximilian Kleinert
Friedl Kren
Martin Laumann
Daniel Letschka
Manfred Lotz
Gesine Richter
Hannes Raffaseder
Martin Rotheneder
Jochen Russmann
Philip Schmallegger
Boris Steiner
Jessica Studer
Rosie Tomasch
Christian Waldhofer
Susanne Wastl
The Room 36
ZONE Media

Shot with Nikon kindly sponsored by Nikon Austria.

This work was supported by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture: BMUKK.