The ErlKing

The ErlKing

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This animated short is a visual representation of Goethe's poem, The ErlKing that uses sand-on-glass animation set to the music of Franz Schubert. The moving images, resembling woodcuts, capture the haunting, nightmarish quality of the tale of the ErlKing who steals and kills a little boy.

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The ErlKing, Ben Zelkowicz, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • director
    Ben Zelkowicz
  • producer
    Ben Zelkowicz
  • sand animation
    Ben Zelkowicz
  • music
    Franz Schubert
  • sound
    Jerry Summers
  • baritone
    Paul Berkolds
  • piano
    Peter Miyamoto

  • SeadogDriftwood

    As terrifying as it is stunningly done. Schubert and Goethe would be proud of your work!

    SeadogDriftwood, 24 Dec 2010
  • Ryland101

    That is amazing in every way... and depressing.

    Ryland101, 30 Oct 2010
  • DarkWindowFilm

    Stunning Wonderfuly Crafted

    DarkWindowFilm, 26 Feb 2010

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