An interdisciplinary VR experience questioning the role of the spectator. 

Nothing Happens

Expanded Animation

Nothing happens is a film and cinematic VR experience which questions the role of the spectator by inviting the individual to participate in an event. The project explores a new kind of narrative, a new way of being in a painting; a work of art that is truly comprehensive and immersive.

Nothing Happens

  • About

    Nothing Happens offers a new way of looking. It is about spectatorship, about watching and being watched. It is about being present.

    Nothing Happens is a film and cinematic VR experience which questions the role of the spectator, by inviting the individual to participate in an event. VR allows us to choose our perspective, allows us to dwell on the details and absorb the unique atmosphere. The project explores a new kind of narrative, a new way of being in a painting; a work of art that is truly comprehensive and immersive.

    Category: Animation/Multimedia/VR installation
    Genre: Experimental narrative
    Technique: Drawn animation, paint on prints, virtual reality experience
    Directors: Michelle & Uri Kranot, TinDrum
    Music: Uri Kranot

  • Partners

    Partners and producers:
    Nothing Happens is produced by Dansk Tegnefilm and Marie Bro in co-production with Miyu Productions of France, with support from the Danish Film Institute, the West Danish Film Fund, CNC, and The Animation Workshop. The installation is created in collaboration with Sara Topsøe-Jensen from Carte Blanche.

    Dansk Tegnefilm

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    Founded in 1976 it is both the aim and the strength of the company to produce original, story-telling films. The main focus is on animated quality films for children and the films include many critical acclaimed and award-winning features.

    Miyu Productions

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    Miyu is a French production- and distribution company specializing in animated feature and short films.

    Det Danske Filminstitut

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    The Danish Film Institute (DFI) supports the development, production and distribution of Danish films and also offers funding for international co-productions. Support programs extend to digital games, film education and promotion at international film festivals.

    Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée (CNC)

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    CNC is a public administrative organization, set up as a separate and financially independent entity with the main purpose to support, distribute, develop and preserve film, broadcast, video, multimedia, technical industries and film heritage.

    West Danish Film Fund

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    The West Danish Film fund support films, documentaries, television series and multimedia productions, including international co-productions, which further the strengthening of the film industry in the region.

    Carte Blanche

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    Carte Blanche is a regional theatre located in Viborg focusing on creating poetic interactions between performers and audience in unusual spaces; in a library, a park or maybe at a museum.

  • Artists

    Michelle and Uri Kranot are internationally rewarded and renowned artists.

    The Kranots first gained recognition with films such as Black Tape, Hollow Land, and How Long Not Long. Their latest project is the VR film installation Nothing Happens, which is in competition at the Venice International Film Festival, La Biennale di Venezia. They have been honored with top industry awards for their work, including the Fipresci Prize at Annecy International Animation Film Festival and the Danish Statens Kunstfond award for the performing arts along with a place on the Oscar® Academy Award Shortlist.

    In recent years, the Kranots have focused on collaborative projects using cross-media innovations to enhance emotional human storytelling, exposing the depth and beauty in the things – physical and intangible – that connect us all.

    Originally from Israel, Michelle and Uri live in Viborg where they are raising their three sons.

    Read more about Michelle and Uri Kranot

  • Selected Awards

    Nothing Happens Short Film

    2017:
    Prix André Martin for “Best French short film”, Annecy International Animation Film Festival, France
    Prix Festival Connexion Région Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, Annecy International Animation Film Festival, France
    Best Film, Kurzfilmfestival Köln, Germany
    Best Film, Anibar International Animation festival,  Kosovo
    Best International film, Odense Film Festival, Denmark
    Best Film, Tofuzi International Film festival, Georgia
    Best Film, Banjalukanima Film Festival, Bosnia & Herzegovina
    Anima Award, The International Film Festival Etiuda & Anima, Poland
    Special Mention, Fredrikstad Animation Festival, Norway
    Honorable Mention, The Kuandu International Animation Festival, Taiwan
    Special Mention, Animafest Cyprus, Cyprus

    Nothing Happens VR

    2017:
    The Lumen prize, UK
    Prix Immersion, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Canada
    Winner AFTRS International VR Competition, Adelaide Film Festival, Australia

  • Selected Festivals and Exhibitions

    2017:

    • Venice Film Festival La Biennale di Venezia, Italy
    • Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Denmark
    • Fantoche, Baden, Switzerland
    • Tallinn Contemporary, Estonia
    • Bergen Film Festival, Norway
    • Stockholm Film Festival, Sweden
    • Culture Fest Lübeck, Germany
    • World Creativity Forum, Denmark
    • Viborg Kunsthal, Denmark
    • Kulturmødet Mors, Denmark
  • Contact

    Do you want to learn more about the project? Contact us!
    Michelle Kranot

    Michelle Kranot

    Independent filmmaker and artist

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Nothing Happens trailer

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Nothing Happens making of

VR installation Making Of