How it was supposed to be

Sophie Remstädt

HOW IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE by Sophie Remstädt is an animated children’s book about a little girl that rather likes blue instead of pink. The shortfilm underlines that it is okay to be yourself and that everyone is unique.
Gender stereotypes are a big problem in general, but especially when it comes to children’s media, they can have a big influence on children’s lives.

Sophie Remstädt

21 year old "Küken" from Hamburg specializing in 2D animation, cartoons and stop-motion animation. She likes to make movies for children that can have a positive influence on their lifes and are also entertaining, as well as movies or short films that critizise our society.

She will soon be studying in the Cartoon and Animation program at Chosun University in Korea for her masters degree and hopes to show longer and more detailled work in the future.

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

I hope to be an animator in some small animation studio based in Asia. Making animation movies for all ages that inspire people and give them a little bit of comfort when things get rough.

Who or what inspires you?

Hayao Miyazakis or all in all Studio Ghibli.

How do you approach a new project?

Brainstorming(!!!), making mindmaps and watching youtube analysis videos of random movies I like.
When you have the idea, the next step for me is sketching whatever comes to mind and researching at the same time to keep your brain busy with the idea.

What advice would you give to students who just started studying in your programme?

Work on your time management and also be kind to your fellow students! It is so important to have people who help you not only with working on projects but also as mental support during harder times because they get best what you might be going through.
Also do not panic about the deadlines, there is always the option to pull an allnighter in the last two days before ;)

Have you changed during your studies? How?

I am so much more self confident now. Before starting at uni I was really insecure and did not want to go out or meet new people but I completely changed after meeting the most amazing people and creating a new structure in my life that balances work/art and having fun. Of course there will always be harder times but I am confident in my ability to turn those into opportunities to make more art.

Why did you choose to study in your programme?

As a big fan of animation movies it was always in my mind to make them myself. Before that I wanted to be an actress but after trying it out a few times I decided that behind the camera was more interesting for me. Hayao Miyazakis movies were another reason for sure - the movies are my comfort and my childhood memories and my present all in one.

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