SCREENING SELECTION 2021
Nominated for Best Student Production
Country: United States
Language: No DIalogue
Director: Henrike Lendowski
Diminuendo visualizes the detrimental effects plastic waste has on marine life and the environment from an emotional point of view. Through visual metaphors, the viewer is guided through sceneries that get more and more covered by plastic. To emphasize the contrast between the natural world and the plastic world, the animation is done entirely with ink on paper, except for the plastic, which stands apart from the oceanic life in bright digital yellow. The two parts are united through the pulsing paper texture that shines through the semi-opaque yellow as a constant reminder of the underlying life it covers. But there is room for change. In the end, it is never too late for a helping hand.
Henrike Lendowski is an animator and illustrator working between the realms of analog and digital art. She has an M.F.A. in Animation and Digital Arts from Pratt Institute. Her work addresses a variety of cultural, social and political issues, such as environmental pollution and protection of endangered species.
Conveying her love for illustration, printmaking and music, her work shows a wide range of techniques and materials, closely intertwined with music to create one seamless entity. Originally from German descent, Henrike currently resides in NYC, where she uses her skills to create thought provoking visual experiences.