Hi there, animation lovers,
The Apple Tree storyboards are finished! What you see here is about one third of the movie. I must say it’s great to see the whole story unfold before my eyes in images.
I have a beautiful digital version of the boards – of which I’ll be posting pages in the near future – but I also printed out a paper version. The only problem is that there is too much humidity in my ramshackle Apple Tree studio. The board is curling up like a squid on a hot griddle. Dang!
There’s still a lot production work to be done. Exciting stuff with lots of top of the bill animation peoples involved. I’ll tell you more in… say… a month or two? In the meantime: if you have burning questions that simply can’t wait, just contact me.
Hi y’all! Here’s a puppet-building test. Built in 2 days. Animatable. The wire armature is a bit too thin. Makes him a bit wobbly. But that fits the character, doesn’t it? Continue reading
Great article on the Apple Tree Studio in De Gelderlander. Thanks Marco! Check here for a short, online version.
Last evening I made these 3D sketches at the kitchen table. A first look at priest puppet. The first four (which is one and the same) is inspired by the illustration from the book. The one on the right is a little bit more stylized, more cartoony. It’s missing it’s eyes tho. The eyes will be created separately, for replacement animation. Continue reading
Last week we had one – only one – terrific day of snow, so I took out my cam and shot this merry horror-comedy-Christmas-greeting. Note the zombie-apple in the opening shot; it’s the one that suddenly appeared last summer on a branch of the little apple tree in my garden. Continue reading
We have the key to our new studio in the heart of Arnhem! It’ll take some time to get things up and running, but as soon as we have interesting stuff to show – puppets, sets – you are welcome to visit! We’ll keep you informed.
A plasticine sketch of Aber the worm. I plan to post more sketches of different characters soon. Continue reading
I attended a workshop by stop motion Oscar winner Suzie Templeton at the NIAf. She was very generous in revealing her puppet-making secrets. She brought some puppets for us to hold in our hands. These puppets are from her film Peter And The Wolf. Amazing detail! Created by Polish animation studio Semafor. Continue reading
I’ve had this tiny apple tree in my garden for at least eight years now, and this is the first time that it actually grew an apple. That’s a sign, right? It must be. I finally decided to go ahead and make my Apple Tree movie and tada! there’s an apple. It’s a small one, but hey, I need lots of miniatures for my film. It even has worms! In the background you can see my little cabin in the woods. This is where I’m drawing the Apple Tree storyboards all day. Continue reading
I made a couple of thumbnail pics for promotion purposes: Continue reading