About me:For the past five years, Swedish comics creator and filmmaker Max Andersson has devoted himself to the feature film project TITO ON ICE.
The film mixes live documentary scenes with stop motion sequences shot on Super 8 mm. During the production, more than fifty different sets and an infinite number of characters were constructed to form an entire parallel universe exclusively made out of wastepaper, cardboard boxes and garbage.
Max Andersson is the author of underground classics PIXY and DEATH AND CANDY as well as several short films, among them the award-winning ONE HUNDRED YEARS.
To promote their book BOSNIAN FLAT DOG, Max Andersson and colleague Lars Sjunnesson tour the countries of former Yugoslavia with a mummyfied Marshal Tito in a refrigerator.
On the road they meet Saša Rakezić (serbian comics artist a.k.a Aleksandar Zograf), Igor Hofbauer (croatian comics artist, known for his legendary posters of the Zagreb Club Močvara), the people behind the influential slovenian comics zine Stripburger and other characters populating the post-yugoslav indie cultural scene.
Watching border controls turn into improvised snapshot parties, admiring mutant iron-curtain disney toys, buying souvenir grenade shell handicrafts and discovering sniper art galleries in blown-out apartments, they find that truth may indeed be stranger than fiction.
Who I'd like to meet:
THE TITO ON ICE TIMELINE:
December 2002: Max Andersson and Lars Sjunnesson are invited to Ljubljana, Slovenia, for an exhibition of their unfinished book project BOSNIAN FLAT DOG. Max and Lars build a mummy resembling Marshal Josip "Tito" Broz and bring it along. Helena Ahonen brings a miniDV camera.
April 2003: Tito is invited for further exhibitions in Zagreb, Belgrade, Sarajevo and Mostar. Documentation on DV continued.
May 2003: The raw video material inspires ideas for a documentary film.
February 2004: Request for support from Swedish Film Institute is refused. The book BOSNIAN FLAT DOG is released in Sweden.
May 2004: New journey to Ex-Yugoslavia, shooting additional scenes and interviews.
December 2004: German edition of BOSNIAN FLAT DOG.
May 2005: Request for support from Swedish Television is refused. Tito visits Lisbon.
July 2005: French edition of BOSNIAN FLAT DOG. Tito travels to Paris. Helena suggests Max and Lars make model buildings and people out of cardboard and trash for the exhibtion. This inspires ideas to expand the film with animated film scenes.
July 2006: U.S. edition of BOSNIAN FLAT DOG.
August 2006: Audio and DV material is organized, editing begins.
December 2006: First rough cut is over 2 hours long.
January 2007: Video, photo and computer equipment stolen. The only hard drive with the entire film project is left untouched.
May 2007: Italian edition of BOSNIAN FLAT DOG.
December 2007: Final rough cut of the documentary video. Narrative structure of the film is determined. A storyboard is produced.
January 2008: Design and construction of model sets begin.
May 2008: The first animation scenes (Tito Train and Berlin) are photographed on Super 8.
September 2008: The Ljubljana animation scenes are constructed and shot.
March 2009: The Zagreb and Stockholm parts of the animation are finished.
April 2009: Construction of buildings, vehicles and characters for the rest of the film begins. Gunnar Lundkvist becomes a Special Guest Designer and builds a Pig's Fat Factory in Belgrade.
November 2009: Czech edition of BOSNIAN FLAT DOG. Tito travels to Prague.
April 2010: Exterior scenes of Serbia are animated and shot.
July 2010: Exterior scenes of Bosnia. 500W photo lamps combined with a summer heat wave make the Super8 cassettes jam and malfunction. Entire sequences need re-animation.
November 2010: The world's last remaining lab for Kodachrome Super 8 film shuts down processing forever on New Year's Eve. Pause from TITO ON ICE to use up all Kodachrome in the freezer before that date.
February 2011: Remaining interior scenes animated and photographed.
June 2011: Another record heat wave hits Berlin. The Battle of Neretva (1943) is recreated in the apartment, with the help of higly flammable explosives.
November 2011: The last animation sequence (actually the first scene in the film) is shot and processed. The final cut is completed in two weeks.
December 2011: Slovenian edition of BOSNIAN FLAT DOG.
January 2012: The film is in final postproduction.
August 2012: Sound mix by Per-Henrik Mäenpää and grading by Shoot&Post is finished in Gothenburg.
November 2012: World premiere at Stockholm Film Festival.
Nail Films 2012
75 min, digital, 4:3, bw/color
Directors: Max Andersson, Helena Ahonen
Writer/Designer/Photographer/Animator/Editor/Producer: Max Andersson
DV Photograper: Helena Ahonen
Co-designer: Lars Sjunnesson
With: Lars Sjunnesson, Max Andersson, Helena Ahonen, Štefan Skledar, Katerina Mirović, Ivan Mitrevski, Igor Prassel, Igor Hofbauer, Radovan Popović, Saša Rakezić, Vladimir Nedeljković, Nedim Cišić
TITO ON ICE has 498 friends.
- Max Andersson
- Klopka za pionira
- tito's bojs
- Dubioza Kolektiv
- Obojeni Program
- COLD TRINITY
- Elektricni Orgazam
- Yugo Rock
- Komikaze Komikaze
- Fest anca
- Josip Broz
- Carl-Einar Häckner
- Elvis Presley
- Henrik Möller
- Claes Leijonhufvud
- Dagie Brundert
- Erik Bünger
- Andreas Michalke
- Status: Single
- Zodiac Sign: Leo