Animated Films from Germany
Jan Bitzer, Ilija Brunck, Tom Weber: 458nm, 2006, 1
Jan Bitzer, Ilija Brunck, Tom Weber: 458nm, 2006, 2
Jan Bitzer, Ilija Brunck, Tom Weber: 458nm, 2006, 3
Jan Bitzer, Ilija Brunck, Tom Weber: 458nm, 2006, 4

Jan Bitzer, Ilija Brunck, Tom Weber: 458 nm

Before life on earth dies out – before the planet, moving with a slight, irregular rotation vanishes into the jungle of the cosmos – there will come the invasion of the snails. From the 38th parallel of the northern hemisphere to the equator, the earth will be covered in snails. They will eat everything that grows – not just marigolds, phlox, dahlias, lettuce, hollyhocks and hostas.
By then, the environmentalists will have banned the use of snail bait (a cyanide-based pesticide) and even "guillotining" (cutting through slimy snail bodies with garden shears) may already have been forbidden. The viewer should know this before witnessing sex-crazed digital giant snails in a monumental act of procreation in "458". Suddenly there is hope that the end of the world may yet be far in the future  – as we see one of the last hunters putting an end to the snail sex and thereby preventing a snail population boom. Whatever the outcome, this surprise coup – the brutal feeding corvid – is one of the most impressive plot twists in German animated film history.

  • Authors, screenplay: Jan Bitzer, Ilija Brunck, Tom Weber
  • Year: 2006
  • Length: 6.50 Min.
  • Technique: 3D-Animation
  • Animation: Jan Bitzer, Ilija Brunck, Tom Weber
  • Music: dAdA – iNN
  • Directors: Jan Bitzer, Ilija Brunck, Tom Weber
  • Producer: Sinje Gebauer
  • Production company: Baden-Württemberg Film Academy, Ludwigsburg

Jan Bitzer

  • 1979
    born in Offenbach/Main
  • 2003
    trained as a media designer in Cologne
  • 2004–2010
    studied at the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy
  • 2007–2008
    Digital Artist Psyop Inc. NYC / Los Angeles

Ilija Brunck

  • 1982
    born in Villingen-Schwenningen
  • 2004–2010
    studied at the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy
  • 2007–2008
    freelancer at Polygon Pictures Inc., Tokyo

Tom Weber

  • 1978
    born in Marbach am Neckar
  • 2004–2009
    studied at the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy
Jan Bitzer, Ilija Brunck, Tom Weber: 458nm, draft
Jan Bitzer, Ilija Brunck, Tom Weber: 458nm, draft