Make Longer Cables

A short film I made during a one-week mechatronics workshop

During a one-week introductory workshop to mechatronics, we wired and programmed a five-axis robotic arm.

Half-way into the workshop, faced with the question what we should do with the robot, we had a funny idea: Since most robots are generally involved in repetitive tasks, what if the robot — bored by its monotonous work — tried to commit suicide by pushing itself off the table?

The video was shot and edited in one day, using a Canon 5D Mark2 and Premiere Pro. The robot is controlled by an Arduino Uno.

Make Longer Cables has been nominated for Deutscher Jugendvideopreis 2015, was screened at the Bundesfestival Video 2015 and featured on


Concept/Design/Development: Philipp Schmitt, Stephan Bogner and Louis Fischediek
Cinematography & Editing Philipp Schmitt
Technical Consulting: Franz Biggel
University: Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd