Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Hans-Martin Rall


Associate Professor

School of Art, Design and Media
College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences

Email: RALL@NTU.EDU.SG
Phone: (+65)6514 1057
Office: ART 4-21

Education
  • Diplom-Designer The State Academy of the Fine Arts 1991
Biography
Academic Qualifications:
1991 State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart , Germany
1993 Postgraduate studies Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

Born:
1965 in Tübingen, Germany

Studied:
1986-1991 Grafic Design at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart, MD 1991
1991-93 Postgraduate studies in Animation at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg.

Summary of Working Experience:
Professional vita:
1994-2005 Freelance illustrator, animator and comic book-artist in Stuttgart, Germany

Educational vita:
2003-2005 Adjunct professor at the Media University in Stuttgart, Germany.
2003-2005 Visiting lecturer at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Ludwigsburg, Germany.
Courses and workshops taught:
• Storyboarding
• Principles of Character Animation
• Basics of Design
• llustration
• Photoshop, Illustrator and Flash.

Since 2005 Assistant Professor at the School of Art, Design and Media (ADM)
at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore
Courses developed and taught:
• FDN 110 Foundation Drawing (Figure Drawing)
• ANI 210 Basic Principles of Drawn Animation
• ANI 250 Animation History
• ANI 270 2D Advanced Animation
• ART 230 Figure Drawing Workshop
• ANI 380 Animation Development and Preproduction

2009 External Examiner Master of Design Program, College of Creative Arts, Massey University New Zealand
2009 Appointment as Academic Advisory Panel Member Universiti Teknologi Mara, Shah Alam Selangor, Malaysia

Since 1997 Hannes Rall has built a strong reputation for adapting literature successfully
in his animated short films:
“The Raven“ (1999) and ”The Erl-King“(2003) , adapted from the famous poems by E.A. Poe and J.W. von Goethe respectively, have been screened in over 120 film festivals
 world wide and won multiple awards.
His work was shown in group-and solo-shows in galleries in 20 countries worldwide since 2004.
-Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art
-National Museum Singapore
-State Gallery of the Arts Stuttgart, Germany
-Bangkok International Film Festival
-Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts, Beirut
-Egyptian Opera House, Metrogalerie, Kairo
-Cinematheque. Tel Aviv
-Goethe-Institut Damaskus
-Goethe-Institut Ramallah
-Seika Art Academy, Kyoto
-Osaka European Film Festival
-Auckland University of Technology, NZ
-Pataka Museum Wellington, NZ
-Muzium dan Galeri Seni Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang

"Tradigital Mythmaking":
-Goethe-Institut Singapore/Singapore International Film-Festival
-Goethe Institut Kuala Lumpur/Univesrsiti Teknologi Mara Kuala Lumpur


Workshops, conference presentations and seminars:
2005 5 day Workshop at the Goethe Institute Damascus, Syria on the
“Principles of Animation”
2005 3 day Workshop on “Principles of Animation” for the Arabic Broadcast Union (ABU) in Damascus
2006 2 day workshop on the exhibition “Animated Films from Germany” at the Bangkok International Film Festival in cooperation with the Goethe Institute Bangkok
2006 2 days of guest lectures in Malaysia on German Animation:
-The One Academy, Kuala Lumpur
-University Sultan Idris, Tajong Malim
2007 1 day workshop at the Singapore National Museum on the
“Secrets of Drawn Animation”
2008 Workshop at the Lotte Reiniger Museum, Tuebingen, Germany
2008 "Adapting Literature for Animation" Blow Festival, College of Creative Arts, Massey University Wellington
2008 Writing For Animation - Three Case Studies , FMX Conference, Stuttgart
2009 and 2010 Animation Masterclass at FINAS, the Malaysian Film Institute
Research Interests
Research profile Asst/Prof. Hans-Martin Rall

Asst/Prof. Rall's research interests are mainly in the areas of digital animation development and interdisciplinary research in art and technology.
He is a renowned director of independent animated short films, with 8 major film-funding grants awarded to him by German and European institutions.
Since 1997 Hannes Rall has built a strong reputation for adapting literature successfully
in his animated short films:
“The Raven“ (1999) and ”The Erl-King“(2003) , adapted from the famous poems by E.A. Poe and J.W. von Goethe respectively, have been screened in over 120 film festivals
 world wide and won multiple awards.
His work was shown in group-and solo-shows in galleries in 20 countries worldwide since 2004.
-Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art
-National Museum Singapore
-State Gallery of the Arts Stuttgart, Germany
-Bangkok International Film Festival
-Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts, Beirut
-Egyptian Opera House, Metrogalerie, Kairo
-Cinematheque. Tel Aviv
-Goethe-Institut Damaskus
-Goethe-Institut Ramallah
-Seika Art Academy, Kyoto
-Osaka European Film Festival
-Auckland University of Technology, NZ
-Pataka Museum Wellington, NZ
-Muzium dan Galeri Seni Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang

"Tradigital Mythmaking":
-Goethe-Institut Singapore/Singapore International Film-Festival
-Goethe Institut Kuala Lumpur/Univesrsiti Teknologi Mara Kuala Lumpur

Asst/Prof. Rall was awarded a 86 000,- SD tier 1 research grant by NTU in 2006.
“Tradigital Mythmaking-Singaporean-Animation for the 21st Century” :
In this project Prof. Rall explores the development of genuinely Southeast Asian animation styles, which are not derived from Western or Japanese concepts.
His book “Tradigital Mythmaking” was published in Singapore in 2009.

In 2010 he was awarded a second tier 1 research grant in the amount of SD 150 000,- to
continue and expand his research in “Tradigital Mythmaking-The Next level”:
In close cooperation with the Co-PI Prof. Seah Hock Soon from the School of Computer Engineering,
Asst/Prof. Rall is exploring the development of digital tools for the adaptation of Asian
mythological stories in local art styles.

External research funding
2007 Film production funding by the Film Funding Board of Baden Württemberg (MFG Filmförderung) for the film “The Cold Heart”
2004 Script-development funding by the MFG Baden-Württemberg for the animated shortfilm „THE COLD HEART“.
2003 Reference-filmfunding for the film ”The Erl-King“ by the FFA Berlin.
2000 Production-funding for „The Erl-King“ MFG Baden-Württemberg
2000 Production-funding for “The Erl-King”by the Kuratorium Junger Deutscher Film.
2000 Reference-funding for “The Raven”by FFA, Berlin
1997 Production-funding for the short film “The Raven”by the MFG Baden-Württemberg
1994 Script-development funding for animated series „Dicki“ by MEDIA-program


Research areas:
-Exploring Asian culture and history to develop unique and original animation styles, which are not derived from Western concepts.
(Current research project: “Tradigital Mythmaking”)
-Development and application of new digital technology to visualize Asian art styles in animation (Current research project: “The Living Line” Co-PI: Prof. Seah Hock Soon SCE,
10 000,-SD mini seed grant by Institute for Media Innovation NTU)
-The adaptation of literature for animation
(Current research project: “The Cold Heart”, 25 minute animated short film
adapted from the novel by Wilhelm Hauff, 90 000,- Euro film-funding grant
by MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg).
-Marketing animated short films in the 21st century (URECA research project)
-History of German animation
-History of Southeast Asian Animation
Research Grant
  • Academic Research Fund Tier 1 (2016-) [by MOE]
  • Academic Research Fund Tier 2 (2017-) [by Ministry of Education (MOE)]
Current Projects
  • Adaptation for Animation-Transforming Literature Frame by Frame
  • From Print to Digital: Re-Defining Narrativity for Interactive Digital Media
  • From Print to Digital: Transformation of Journalism and Information Graphics
  • Maritime Silk Road. Past, Present and Future. A projection mapping concept design project
  • Narrating Death on Stage: Theatrical Illusion and the Suspension of Disbelief
  • New Computer Animation Techniques For Replicating Singaporean/Indonesian/Malaysian Shadow Puppet Theatre(Wayang Kulit) (New Initiative Fund)
  • Reiniger Reinvented-Re-Creation of Classic Animation in a New Digital Environment
  • Tradigital mythmaking - the next level adapting traditional Asian stories for digital animation
  • Visualizations And Interactive Information Graphics - The Eastern Perspective An Intercultural Research Project About Visual Storytelling
  • Wayang Kulit - As You Like It Transcultural Adaptation of Shakespeare For Asian Animation
Selected Publications
  • Rall, Hans-Martin. (2014). Adaptation: Animation, Comics and Literature: Adapting Shakespeare for Animation. Adaptation: Animation, Comics and LiteratureGermany, Baden-Wurttemberg: Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film.
  • Rall, Hans-Martin. (2014). FMX Conference: New Approaches for Stylized Character Animation. FMX ConferenceGermany, Baden-Wurttemberg: Film-und Medien Festivla GmbH.
  • Rall, Hans-Martin. (2014). DC Independent Film Festival: Adapting a Story for Animation. DC Independent Film FestivalWashington DC, USA: DC Independent Film Festival.
  • Rall, Hans-Martin. (2013). Asian Animation Forum 2013: Wayang Kulit As You Like It: Transcultural Adaptation of Shakespeare for Asian Animation. Asian Animation Forum 2013South Korea: PISAF Buchon International Student Animation Festival.
  • Hans-Martin Rall. (2013). Tradigital Mythmaking-New Asian Design Ideas for Animation. Animation Studies Online Journal, 6.

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