We’ve been a-poppin’ cider champagne for The Apple Tree just grew bigger and better. My lovely producer and I made a pact with another lovely producer - Pedri Animations – and are in the process of making even more pacts with producers abroad. The best thing is that the Dutch Filmfund – bless their apple cores – decided to support us all the way! This movie is turning into an international production with top of the bill puppet makers and animators and studio’s. I am thrilled and I’m planning on being thrilled all the way through the production process until I can thrill y’all with this movie. Cheers!
A meeting with the cast of Under The Apple Tree. These actors will lend their voices to the main characters Aber, Crombie and Nethy, bringing alive the stop-motion puppets that we’re building.
I met these fickle actors in my back yard and I must say it’s a bit getting used to working with them…
Yesterday we popped a lovely cider champagne. The ever growing Apple Tree team had to celebrate. Celebrate what? you ask? I’ll tell you soon..!
In the meantime: For the best bubbly in town I recommend you have a look at the Ciderwinkel website of Cider Man Raúl. Cheers!
I’m off to Annecy 2013! I am looking forward to drown myself in animation and to meet y’all and have a beer. Or let’s do business over a cup a coffee. Either way: see you there!
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.