Apollon & Daphne - an animated short

The animated short is inspired by the edition of roman poet Ovid.
The marble sculpture ‚Apollon and Daphne’ by Bernini acts as reference fort he
metamorphose of Daphne. The myth is an abstract realization along the lines of the expressionistic painters, like Wassily Kandinsky and August Macke.

Eros, the messenger of love in the Greek myth is shown with wings. Apollon, the god of the music and the archery, mocks at him. He is the son of Zeus and the goddess Leto and one oft he twelve main deities oft he Greek Pantheon. He is an arrogant person.

After that mockery he avenges himself on Apollon by shooting an love arrow with a golden arrowhead at him and an arrow with a heavy arrowhead at the mountain nymph Daphne. She is in the Greek myth the goddess of the earth, the daughter of the river god Peneios and a virgin huntswoman.
Apollon falls in love with her. Daphne however feels disgust. Apollon approaches and sweet-talks to her. He admits his adoration to her. Daphne indeed feels to be hard pressed and backs off in disgust. Apollon then seizes her by the arm and tries to bottle her up. Daphne finally doesn’t know what to do except to flee in terror from him.
Completely Exhausted from chase by Apollon, she begs her godfather Peneios for a metamorphose, so she isn’t no longer attractive to Apollon. After that she loses her clothes and her limbs freeze. Along the lines of the Berini-sculpture and the written master by Ovid Daphne turns into a laurel.

The graduation film was made at the University of Applied Sciences Augsburg, 2011under Professor Robert Rose.

Music by Andrew Osano.


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