Undone

The teaser trailer for “Undone” - a new animated series by Amazon Prime - has just hit the internet. I was lead storyboard artist on this series and I am very proud to have been part of this production.

Undone follows the cosmic journey of a young woman who treks across time, space, and beyond to solve the mystery of her father’s death.

It was produced by Amazon Studios and Tornante Productions. Showrunners and writers are Kate Purdy & Raphael Bob-Waksberg (BoJack Horseman) and it was directed and designed by Hisko Hulsing.

Amsterdam-based animation studio Submarine brought a team of painters and artists from across Europe to to bring multi-media elements to the screen visuals, among them vivid backgrounds achieved by oil paintings on canvas. Rotoscoping was done by Austin-based Minnow Mountain.

My job as lead story artist consisted of creating the rough thumbnail storyboards, straight from the script, working closely with the director to find the appropriate staging and camera angles, all within the confinements of budget and overall deadlines. After those were approved the boards were distributed among the larger storyboard team (myself included) to refine for the animatic and for presentation purposes down the line.

Below is a small sample of my boards of which the results can be seen in the trailer. I’ll share more when the series is released (in the fall of 2019).

Below is the intriguing series poster. Designed by series director Hisko Hulsing over a painting by Titus Meeuws.

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Edit: And here is the official trailer with a release date: September 13, 2019.

Heinz - The Movie

On 18th of April 2019 “Heinz - the Movie” will premiere in the Netherlands. It’s an animated feature film that I was involved with during it’s early storyboard stage. It is based on the Dutch cartoon by René Windig & Eddie de Jong.

Piet Kroon directed and Bosbros and Submarine produced in The Netherlands. Fabrique Fantastique produced in Belgium.

Here is a selection of my work as story artist. You can find more on my storyboard page.

The animatics, or moving storyboards (further below), are quite rough but that’s because this is a very first - and very rough - pass of the board, visualising directly from the script.

And a selection from the animatics. Very rough with temp voices and soundtrack. More on my storyboard page.

Pass It On

Some years ago I had the great honor of working under the direction of Joanna Quinn at her studio -Beryl Productions- on one of their animated commercials. This one was for Charmin Toilet Paper. I did the rough animation after which the crew at Beryl took over to do clean-up and rendering. All this was done on paper and cells back then.