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).
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.
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.
After it’s festival run it was time to put my film online for everybody to see.
Here are the festival selections, special mentions and awards it received.
I made a showreel:
Here is the trailer for "Ethel & Ernest". It was my great honor to work on this film (as key animator) alongside a bunch of tremendously talented artists.
The film is based on the graphic novel by Raymond Briggs which chronicles the marriage of Briggs' parents from the 1920's to the 1970's and will be released in cinemas in October 2016. The guys from Cartoon Brew and Animatieblog wrote an article about it.
I’ve made a short film; "Ticking Away". It's a hand drawn animated short film that had been on my liver for many years. During it’s making I set up a blog to showcase the progress and artwork that I, and my collaborators have been creating for it.
Here's the address: http://ticking-away-film.blogspot.nl/
Additionally, I've set up a Facebook page.
(The painting below was done by me)
Exploratory sketches for a 2d animation job.
This is a selection of illustrations I made for Franconville. An educational program that was set up by ThiemeMeulenhoff to teach Dutch kids French language and grammar.
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.
Two commercials I animated for Zwitsal.
An animated short for the Dutch version of Sesame street. The poem is by Theo Olthuis.