Stützner, Lutz

Biography:

Lutz Stützner was born in Königsbrück on April 14, 1957. He studied graphic design in Berlin from 1979 to 1982, when he joined the DEFA Studio for Animation Film in Dresden as an assistant animator. In 1984, he was hired there as an animator and cartoonist, and stayed until 1992. His debut as a director, animator, and cartoonist was with the cartoon Herzdame in 1985. From 1986 to 1988 he worked as a co-writer, director, and cartoonist on the animated film series Mausi und Kilo. His DEFA short films Konsequenz and Monument were selected to be part of the Rebels with a Cause retrospective, which premiered at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2005.

 

Since the DEFA Studios closed, Stützner has worked at ILFO-Film-Music in Bad Homburg (1992-1993), for Studio 88 cartoon company (1994-2010) and, as of spring 2011, at Motion Works in Halle. Stütznerʼs films have received recognition at many international festivals, including the Berlin International Film Festival, the International Festival for Documentary and Animation Film in Leipzig and the International Festival of Youth Cinema in Rimouski, Canada. Stützner is also the co-director of the children’s television series (1999-2002) and movie version of Der kleine König Macius, based on the 1923 children’s book Król Macius Pierwszy by Janusz Korczak.

 

From 1990 to 2003 the Sächsische Zeitung published Stützner’s weekly political cartoons featuring his character ‚Oswin;’ In 1998, a collection of these cartoons was published under the title Das Wort zum Samstag (transl. Thoughts for Today). More recently Stützer has taught animation, for example at the 2011 International ANIMA workshop, and worked on the post-production of animation projects such as Rabe Socke, Bummi und Kommissar Morris. Lutz Stützner is married with four children and lives in Dresden.

 

Filmography:

2007 Der kleine König Macius (Little King Macius)
2003 Das Wunder (The Miracle)
2001 Der kleine Eisbär (The Little Polar Bear)
1998-2007 Der kleine König Macius (Little King Macius, TV series)
1996 Goethe Miniaturen (Goethe Miniatures)
1994-2004 Bio-Wetter-Wuschel (Bio-Weather-Wuschel, TV)
1994 Ein Weihnachtsmächen (A Christmas Tale, TV)
1993 Am Anfang war… (In the Beginning There Was…)
1990 Inselwitz (Island Joke)
1989 Das Monument (The Monument)
1989 Sonntag (Sunday)
1989 Der Sieger (The Victor)
1988 Die Panne (The Breakdown)
1986-89 Mausi und Kilo (Mausi and Kilo, series)
1987 Konsequenz (Consequence)
1985 Herzdame (Queen of Hearts)

 

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