Indie Trailer Sunday: Czech Rotoscoped B&W Film 'Alois Nebel' Teaser

June 26, 2011
Source: Twitch

Alois Nebel Teaser

Every time I see rotoscoping, I have to stop and admire it, it's such a great form of animation. Today's indie trailer comes from the Czech Republic, a feature film adaptation of the first modern graphic novel to be published in the Czech Republic. The film is called Alois Nebel from director Tomáš Luňák and I have to give my thanks to Twitch for first featuring it. This is a 68-second teaser and unfortunately does not have subtitles, but it's for a dark and fascinating, rotoscoped B&W animated film that I suggest taking a look at anyway. If you're confused, we've got some more information on the plot. Check out this great teaser below!

Watch the first teaser trailer for Tomáš Luňák's Alois Nebel via Negativ Film's Vimeo:

The end of the eighties in the twentieth century. Alois Nebel works as a dispatcher at the small railway station on the Czech-Polish border. He's a loner, who prefers old timetables to people, and he finds the loneliness of the station tranquil - except when the fog rolls in. Then he hallucinates, seeing trains from the last hundred years pass through the station. They bring ghosts and shadows from the dark past of Europe.

Alois Nebel is directed by Tomás Lunák, from a screenplay by Jaromír "99" Svejdík & Jaroslav Rudiš. The film is produced by Pavel Strnad at Negativ Film, in association with Pallas Film, Tobogang, Česká televize, UPP and Soundsquare. This is an adaptation of the 2003 graphic novel by Jaroslav Rudiš and Jaromír 99, and uses rotoscoping to stay true to the style of the original comic. For more information visit:

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  • Jericho
    THIS LOOKS BETTER THAN THE AMERICAN REBOOT!!!!!!..... just thought i would cover that......
  • Ryderup
    It's floating too much. Not a fan of that flash-based animation. Yuck. Nice with the B%W though.
  • rc4
    Subtitles for those who can't speak Czech :) - So who is he?- Nobody knows. - He doesn't speak. He's speechless. - How speechless?! - He had a photo with him. You and old Nebel was on it. - Did you tell anyone?
  • KZ
    Well I made a rotoscoped movie 3 years ago in the Polish Filmschool, but it was a frame-by-frame hand-drawn animation based on live-action footage. Here's the trailer - tell me what you think. 😉 (sorry - no subtitles)
    • redguy
      if you did that, it's pretty impressive. grats.
      • KZ
        Thank you :) Best regards from Poland.
        • John I.G.
          Get some Subtitles on that thing and post the short somewhere for us all to see.
    • duane
      KZ.... whhhaaaattttt??? Me likey.  That was bad-ass.
    • KZ man that was styling! I kindo liked that style better than the film shown too, really good man! Are you still making animation now?
  • MoonScar
    KZ, It's amazing. One of the best I saw in the genre... Like a graphic novel in motion... How can we see the complete short? Alois Nebel has a great mood but I've got to say that your trailer hits me stronger. Congrats.
    • KZ
      wow - thank you very much for your kind words. My school owns all copyrights so I'm not sure if I should upload it via YT or Vimeo (the movie is only 8,5 minutes long so it wouldn't be a problem). I'll ask :)
      • Anonymous
        Please do and post a link cause that was pretty great.
  • Cracky
    That was the guy from A Serbian Film. Good to see him getting some excellent work. This is going to be neat.
  • John I.G.
    Reminds me of Waltz with Bashir, although that one seemed a bit smoother. Also kinda looks like A Scanner Darkly of course, partially because of how stuff floats a bit. The thing about both of those movies though, is that they had a reason for using the odd style, where as this one seems a bit more stylised for stylised sake, we will see though.
  • Dusan




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