Tuesday, May 31, 2011


Some more exploring ideas and looks for the (possible) Hero.

Friday, May 27, 2011


Exploring sketch for my short project.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Masterclass Piet Kroon at the NIAf

Last week I was lucky to, together with 15 other animation fanatics, follow a Masterclass given by Piet Kroon at the NIAf in Tilburg.

Piet Kroon works as a storyboard artist for Blue Sky Studios. Some of the films he has worked on as a storyboard artist: The Iron Giant (1999), one of my favourite animated movies, Shrek 2 (2004) and most recentlyRio (2011). As animation director he worked on Osmosis Jones (2001) and has written and directed two succesfull short animated films, Dada (1997) and T.R.A.N.S.I.T. (1998).

The workshop was titled:

A Thousand Pictures (and as few words as possible)!
The demystification of the creative proces.

The workshop took 6 days, and was both theoretical as practical. Besides analyzing and talking storyboards, watching and discussing animatics, we off course drew some storyboards ourselves.
We created a simple story setup and started working in small groups. The following days we storyboarded our brains off, pitched our ideas and sequences to the group and discussed about what and how we could improve our boards and ideas.

With al this feedback and the story becoming more clear we took another pass on the exisiting sequences. Out of these sequences ideas came flying out everywhere.

The result:
One storyboarded short story about a girl and her dog, a headless man and a moose.

On the last day of the workshop we worked on another small assignment which resulted in 4 ideas for sequences to complement one of the short films Piet has made.

It have been 6 fun and interesting days at the NIAf, I wouldn’t have wanted to mis.
It inspired me to start and change my procesand approach for my own short film project I'm working on currently.

Get it wrong quickly!

Sunday, May 15, 2011


I watched last week.

The Princess and the Frog (2009)

Directed by Ron Clements & John Musker
Writing Credits check imdb
Film Editing by Jeff Draheim

Forrest Gump (1994)

Directed by Robert Zemeckis
Writing Credits Winston Groom (novel) & Eric Roth (screenplay)
Film Editing by Arthur Schmidt

Dexter| Season 5, Episode 1 & 2 (2010)

Credits check imdb

Monday, May 9, 2011


I watched last week.

Johnny Appleseed (1948)

Directed by Wilfred Jackson
Writing Credits by Winston Hibler, Joe Rinaldi, Erdman Penner & Jesse Marsh

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)

Directed by Kelly Asbury & Lorna Cook
Screenplay by John Fusco
Film Editing by Clare De Chenu

The BFG (1989)

Directed by Brian Cosgrove
Writers: Roald Dahl (novel), John Hambley (adaptation)
Film Editing by Nigel Rutter

No Country for Old Men (2007)

Directed by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Writing credits Joel Coen & Ethan Coen (screenplay) & Cormac McCarthy (novel)
Film Editing by Ethan Coen & Joel Coen (as Roderick Jaynes)

Une Vie de Chat (2010)

Directed by Jean-Loup Felicioli & Alain Gagnol
Writing credits Alain Gagnol (dialogue & screenplay) & Jacques-Rémy Girerd (dialogue)
Film Editing by Hervé Guichard

Thursday, May 5, 2011


Quick exploring sketch of the protagonist for one of my story ideas.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

May Goals

Last month, April, I have been working with the 4 story ideas I had chosen.

As of today there are two ideas left.

My goal is to have one 'finished' story at the end of may.

That means, turning this board, which is now containing two story ideas ...

... into a board with one story.

Weekdays: Working on my story.
Weekends: Doing animation exercises.