Jan Utecht

Jan Utecht grew up in a small village in West Germany close to the Iron Curtain which broke down when he was 8. When 23 he moved to Berlin-Kreuzberg. Punk music, turkish people and ugly graffiti everywhere, Utecht finally felt at the right place, but still didn't know what to do with his live. When 26 he formed the black metal band Occvlta together with his two brothers, and after reading an internship offer for an animated film with "satanic and anti-religious-content", he went for the interview. One year later he started studying at Film University Babelsberg. In 2010 his son was born. 2016 he finished his graduation film titled Reflecting Black. With this seven minute short Utecht introduces an animation technique which he developed during his studies: the animation of reflections on a surface of black oil paint which Utecht calls Reflection Motion.


In 2014 Utecht painted a gig poster for two friends, who where just about to start booking heavy metal shows. He created a figure that was supposed to express the certain energy in this particular music. On the night of the show the three discussed the idea of promoting underground metal gigs in Berlin on a regular basis, using imagery offside of the usual photoshop gig-posters. Utecht came up with the idea to use a never ending comic strip story, featuring the Speed Metal Dude always on his way to Wolf City, running into strange and few not so strange situations inspired by the actual act, but also throwing in certain issues of political importance, which is usually a no-go in the metal underground.


"I was born in the early 80ies, and was a teenager in the nineties. The older I got the more I was attracted by the imagery of that time, and my own personal past. Xerox copied flyers, water colour painting in school, pre-photoshop collages, fantasy book covers, Animes, Marvel comics. So I decided to let those techniques and styles and many good memories and energy flow into my own work."


Filmography

- Last Living Dinosaur, music video 2016

- Reflecting Black, animated short 2016, Grand Prix Motion Design at Panam Anim Paris

- Erasure, music video 2017
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