Das Rad – On Geologic Time

February 10, 2020

By: Lee LeFever

I write books and run an intentionally small company called Common Craft. Here, I share what I'm doing and learning.

Over the weekend a friend introduced me to the video below called Das Rad, which is a German term that means “The Wheel” in English. The film is known by the bland-but-accurate title “Rocks” in English versions.

The artistry and the overall concept made a big impression on me and I’ve thought about it multiple times since seeing it. As one YouTube commenter put it, “…our life cycle is to the rocks as a Mayfly’s life cycle is to us.”

The film was made in Germany and was nominated in 2003 for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short. Watch:

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