The Chimney Swift
Category Description

A system of motion graphic elements within a documentary film

Project Description

Based on a meticulously detailed letter, the hard-knock lives of young 19th century chimney sweeps are uncovered in this animation, which masterfully articulates the finer points of preparing children as young as four for a life of hard labor up the flues of the bourgeoisie.

The idea for the film is based on an early childhood memory of a bird falling down my grandparent’s fireplace. It is one of those vague memories that really grabs you and stays. Later when I did some research on the systematical abuse of the 19th century children chimney sweepers, I connected the two dots.

Like in my previous film “Carlotta’s Face” I use hand drawn 2D animation with a personal style to be able to create a unique access to a multi-layered story of fate through metaphoric images.


Director: Frédéric Schuld
Writer: Frédéric Schuld Fabian Driehorst
Producer: Fabian Driehorst
Animation: Rebecca Blöcher, Alba Dragonetti, Frédéric Schuld
Music: Frédéric Schuld
Voices: Henry Holland Joschua Zühlke
Sound Design & Mixing: Alex Müller-Welt
Production / Studio: Fabian&Fred