Checkmate - Animated Short Film About a Chess Game -

Checkmate – Animated Short Film About a Chess Game

Kostack Studio
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This film was made for an art installation as introduction for a reading about historic events. The end title reads: “Life is a game”

Idea: Marie Strübe
Cinematography & Animation: Kai Kostack
Music: Gustav Holst – The Planets, Op. 32 – I. Mars, the Bringer of War (CC PD)
Software: Blender


  1. Blender 3D Tutorials von says:

    Hi, echt gute Arbeit.
    simple und sehr gut auf den Punkt gebracht!
    viele Grüße, Tobi

  2. Your command of cinema grammar comes through with the use of the camera and depth of field, which is important. On the other hand, I really hated the hideously sterile and dated shading. The only convincing material seen here is the dark wood applied to the black squares (with nice reflection roughness map and all). Everything else looks like it was rendered in 1999.
    Also, some of the animation on the pieces could've benefited from a little physicality to help achieve the dramatic effect it was going for.

  3. it would be cool to make a Python add-on that creates an animation from the text of a chess game

  4. sieht sehr gut aus! mit welcher Software hast du das gemacht und wie lange hat das gedauert?

  5. I saw a ad with chess in it before this video!

  6. I made a chees Animation "like this" too. Now i'm looking around how many bullshit is posted. This is one is great! I like it, good ideas and an inspiring camera setting.

  7. That pawn was like, ‘GET THE FUCK OUTTA HERE, LAD!’

  8. If it had been checkers, then I could have followed. LOL Nice render…

  9. Is it possible to use some parts of the video as a background video during a performance?

  10. May I please use parts of this for a school documentary? The animation is spectacular!

  11. Hey bro that's such a great animation video you've got some mad talent!
    Can I use some part of this in my video? 😅

  12. Nice video I like , i want to use a clip of this video in a project to illustrate a caption, can I?

  13. Hey can I use 12 seconds of this video in my own? How would you like me to give you credit? 🙂 this video was very well made

  14. Can I use this in my forth coming video please!?

  15. Hola Podría usar 5 segundos de su videos soy profesor de ajedrez y quiero dar clases por internet, estoy haciendo un video para promocionar mi proyecto entonces quería saber si me lo permite y a quien atribuyo los créditos, de antemano gracias .

  16. Wow! Nice, may i use some of the part for my video? I will mention this channel.

  17. Two glass of redwine and an epic end what a wonderful video amazing job!!! I try to animate chess also in my channel but it's not good as your video but maybe one day I could approach your level… Bye

  18. It is silly because kings don't get taken of the board …That is not possible . The king never dies, he just gets caught .. So the pawn throwing a fishing net over the king or something would have been a better idea

  19. I have played many chess games but I have never seen the king getting killed.

  20. Hello … excellent work, congratulations … I would like you to give me the authorization to use the first 15 seconds of the short film to make an intro that will be used on the new youtube channel of the Dominican international great master Ramon Mateo … waiting for an answer and grateful … Thank you very much

  21. Sir can i use 10 sec of clip for my video..? My video is about a music..plz sir this video is amazing😍

  22. Hey great animation :).

    I was wondering if I could use clips of this for a video I'm making and ofcourse credit you and link to your work.

    Let me know if possible 🙂

  23. may I use this video for my schoolwork? this video is so amazing

  24. Awesome animation… may I use this as background clip of my piano performance?

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