Pick Up Your Cross (and follow me)

Pick Up Your Cross (and follow me) is an animated music video drawn frame by frame. It shows the morning routine of a young woman – portrayed by Simona Ascher – in a continuous shot. The song of the same name is a specially composed and produced piece of music.

In 2021, the music video was honoured with the »Levi« Award for the Best Music Video at the Venetian Ca’ Foscari Short Film Festival. The official statement of the four-member jury rated the video as »stylistically optimal«. Furthermore, it praised how it expanded the atmosphere of the song.

The following year, it was awarded a gold medal and a special prize for a remarkable idea at the VÖFA Regional Championship Upper Austria/Salzburg and a bronze medal at the VÖFA State Championship.

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Frame by frame animated music video
(2020, 3 min)

director, editor, producer, animator & composer
Michael J. Keplinger
Simona Ascher
special thanks to
Jeanny, Charlie, Django & Niklas Strahammer