The ErlKing (film)
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|ErlKing film poster|
|Directed by||Ben Zelkowicz|
|Produced by||Ben Zelkowicz|
|Written by||Ben Zelkowicz|
|Screenplay by||Ben Zelkowicz|
|Based on||Der Erlkönig (poem)
by Johann Wolfgang Goethe
|Distributed by||National Film Board of Canada|
|Running time||6 minutes|
Zelkowicz studied English and biopsychology before turning to animation. He is graduate of CalArts, for which The ErlKing was his thesis film in 2002, and has worked with the Will Vinton and Chiodo Brothers studios.
In May 2012, The ErlKing was an adapted for use by the American progressive metal band Hope Lies Within. In conjunction with the band's musical release, permission was granted to Hope Lies Within by artist Benjamin Zelkowicz to adapt his already-released sand art video The ErlKing to their own musical version of Franz Schubert's Der Erlkönig and an English poem version titled The Erlking. Although permission was granted, the film's original integrity could not be broken. The only changes to the original sand art video were the opening and closing credits. Even though none of the film's original timing was modified, Hope Lies Within made small musical cuts to their recording that would allow the song to fit over the video seamlessly.
Animation World Network wrote that the project was a "quite beautiful and accomplished film", and Zelkowicz's choice to use only one hue for his sand animation was a "limited palette which produces a kind of sepia effect is very effective in capturing the nocturnal, spooky milieu of the poem and song." They felt that his choice to not use English subtitles to accompany the German language song was problematic for those viewers who did not understand the language or were unfamiliar with the Goethe's original work. It was concluded that the director's choices were "at worst minor flaws in what is otherwise a very successful effort."
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