"We’re riding in a taxi cab through the dusty Cairo air."

Vacation or political Riot? Through a taxi ride, we experience both sides in Cairo 2011. 
During the Arab Spring, cities in northern Africa protested against its authoritarian government and police brutality. This democratic movement had a powerful impact on politics and society, even today.
The film captures the contrast between Cairo's beauty and its political troubles.

Ana and Sophie did the illustrations and frame-to-frame animation. My responsibilities fell on compositing, animation, grading & lighting. We collaborated closely to develop the film's concept.
From storyboard to the final image
For the backgrounds, we chose a detailed and saturated style. This better expresses the warm feeling of Cairo.
Storyboard
Storyboard
Colored
Colored
Grading & Lighting
Grading & Lighting
Storyboard
Storyboard
Colored
Colored
Grading & Lighting
Grading & Lighting
Storyboard
Storyboard
Colored
Colored
Grading & Lighting
Grading & Lighting
Storyboard
Storyboard
Colored
Colored
Grading & Lighting
Grading & Lighting
Taxu
Taxu
Tahrir Platz
Tahrir Platz
Brand des Gebäude der Nationaldemokratischen Partei Ägyptens
Brand des Gebäude der Nationaldemokratischen Partei Ägyptens
Hotel
Hotel
A political statement
The story is based on historical events. On 23.01.2011, the government's headquarters was set on fire.
Tahrir Square played a central role in these protests. It became the main location where many people stood up against the corrupt government and police brutality.
Characters
Jörg
Jörg is a curious foreign correspondent from Scotland who is very enthusiastic about the city of Cairo. However, he is surprised by what the cab driver Dandy tells him. 
Astonished by the critical political situation, he begins to see reality with his own eyes.​​​​​​​
Dandy
Dandy is a bitter taxi driver in Cairo. He is disappointed with the political situation. He has fought unsuccessfully against police violence and the corrupt government.
His sister Mandy becomes a victim of police violence, causing Dandy to fall into depression.
Due to his backstory, Dandy drinks alcohol and smokes while driving.

Thus, Dandy is a storyteller. He wants to share his life story and political views.
To him, these tough experiences are normal. That's why he isn't surprised when a stone hits his taxi window. Unfortunately, violence and protests are part of his daily life.

The sketchy style of the two protagonists offers a contrast to the detailed background. This gives the characters a boiling line that sets them apart from the background. It makes them appear more alive. The light and shadow contours seamlessly integrates them into the background, despite distinct styles.
Resolution
The viewers should be taken on a journey during the film. From the beautiful, perfect world to the escalating protests in 2011.
Jörg experiences Cairo through our eyes: surprised, interested, and partly frightened by the brutal events. For Dandy, this bipolar world has become everyday life. He has made many attempts to change this. But in the end, he hasn't succeeded, which has left him feeling sad and resentful.
In the end, the two worlds collide. Jörg is led into a luxurious hotel, while Dandy has to drive back into the raging city.
Credits
Ana Scheele – Illustration, Frame-to-Frame Animation
Sophie Litvinenko – Illustration, Frame-to-Frame Animation
Long Huy Dao – Compositing, Animation, Grading & Lighting
Felix Sommerburger – 2D Color Artist
Luis Riedel – 2D Color Artist

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