Made an animation for an ‘anti-alcohol under 16’ campaign together with Michélé De Feudis. We made the commercial from start to finish: idea, script, storyboard, designs, animation. dEUS drummer Stéphane Misseghers made the catchy soundtrack. The briefing we got: let the kids know not to start too soon with drinking. So we decided to portray of bunch of people in different situations starting too soon with something and failing because of that. Had a blast working together with Michélé on this one.
Client: VAD / De Druglijn
Direction, design & animation: Wouter Bongaerts / Michélé De Feudis
Audio: Stéphane Misseghers
Here’s a peek into the evolution of the designs.
It was even featured on the news :)
I compiled my commercial and short film work from the last couple of years into a crispy bite size treat. On these projects I was either directing, animating or doing both.
Want to work together? I am open for commissions! Feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
PS: wouterbongaerts.be in the making
decided to share some commercial work.
I get the chance to do quite some commercials in between things, although I haven’t really shared much of them here. Commercials are a great way to learn how to work fast and efficient. Plus a good school to stay calm and open for feedback at any given moment. You need to be quick with your changes and always, always communicate as clearly and directy as possible with the client/agency. There’s also the balance of putting in your own ideas versus the briefing. People expect you to do your thing, but within the given limitations.
This one I actually made during my visit to LA and San Diego for a screening of Mia. It was quite hectic, dealing with the jetlag, going to meetings and trying to see a bit of the place. The time difference made the communication a lot harder and the deadline was very tight. I actually finished this one on Thanksgiving while staying with good friends in San Diego. I roamed the shops at night with my buddy on Black Friday to celebrate the ad being done. Unfortunately, the day after I already had to fly back home. But I still very much enjoyed making it abroad and am happy with the outcome.
Now that I think about it, I’ll post something about the trips I have been able to make the last couple of months in a next post. Might be fun to share. :)
about time I share this here: the trailer for the 2D feature Trippel Trappel. It’s a Dutch production by il Luster, directed by Albert ‘t Hoofd and Paco Vink. It’s a really solid, fun and classic movie for kids about Sinterklaas (= Saint Nicolas): three young pets set out to find Saint Nicolas to hand over their wish list with presents.
We’re really proud of the final film. The backgrounds were made in Belgium, at Creative Conspiracy (where we made Mia). I was one of the background painters. Had a blast making some new friends for life during the production: Joris Bergmans and Bartel Bruneel.
Unfortunately the theater screenings have already passed, but the DVD is coming out 10th February 2015.
Made my first ever GIF for a competition at BLIK.
BLIK is a new animation event in Gent, organised by a good friend of mine, Britt. A lot of very inspiring animation studs will be talking: Emme De Swaef, Jonas Geirnaert and Julie Mahieu, Roman Klochkov and a dozen more. Feel free to pop by at the Sphinx Cinema in Gent at 15 november!
Here’s a small montage of some of the footage of my trip to Warsaw for Mia. Had such a great time… I had never been to eastern Europe before. Was very inspirational and new to me. But most of all it were all the filmmakers and organisators that made it special.
(My buddy you see here is of course Bert Vandecasteele, with who I wrote Mia. Portfolio: http://web-epos.be/ )
I am writing this from the Warsaw Film Festival in Poland where we had the world premiere of Mia yesterday. It went great. :) Finally sitting in the venue and feeling the emotions and reactions of the crowd was just awesome. The film really came through and with that a huge weight was lifted from my shoulders. Goosebumps everywhere.
It’s such an inspiration to go to film festivals like this. You meet so many filmmakers, journalists, critics, organisators from all over the globe: Canada, the UK, South-Korea, Japan, Australia, Belarus, Argentine, Chile, Romania, … The list goes on and on. Hanging out together in the evenings and talking about our joys, hopes, anxieties, dreams – it’s such a wonderful feeling. I have some great anecdotes, pictures and videos to share with you next blogpost.
But for now, here’s the teaser for Mia!
I have decided to finally post some artwork I made for my new short ‘Mia’, which we are currently making. These are stills I painted in Photoshop during the development of the short, that should represent the look of the final film.
At the time I made a complete production dossier with the script, character descriptions, my intention, these paintings and more. Together with my producer Viviane Vanfleteren (Vivi Film) we went out to find a studio that wanted to make the film with us. That studio turned out to be Creative Conspiracy, located in Ghent. It’s there that I have had the privilege to be directing my film with the studio’s super awesome team. And since about 2 weeks NMTrix from Alkmaar, The Netherlands has joined us on the animation department.
I would like to keep it short, because we are still in production and I am still in focused mode. I will let the paintings do the talking.
finally the day has come to upload my graduation short on the internet. After touring film festivals all over the world Snickers has returned home and decided to go online.
It’s been about 2 years now since I’ve finished the film, to wrap up my animation studies in Genk, Belgium, and I’m still very fulfilled and happy about the film. I can’t really put into words the ups and downs I went through during that year, but it was completely worth it in the end. Seeing how people all over the world enjoy this little film is just such a great feeling…
So here it is:
Here’s the list of all the film festivals it has been selected:
Giffoni Film Festival 2011 (Italy), Chicago International Children’s Film Festival 2011 (USA), BAMkids Film Festival 2012, New York (USA) TIFF Kids 2012, Toronto (Canada), Festival Int. de cinéma jeunesse de Rimouski 2011 (Canada), 13th Seoul International Youth Film Festival 2011 (S-Korea), Little Big Shots 2012 (Australia), Short for Kids – Verona Film Festival 2012 (Italy), 8th InDPanda International Short Film Festival 2012 (Hong Kong), Int. Children’s Media Center 2012 (USA), 2nd annual Tumbleweeds Film Festival for Children and Youth 2012, Salt Lake City (USA), Traverse City Film Festival 2012 (USA), newportFILM 2012 (USA), 28ieme Festival Du Cinéma Européen 2012, Lille (France), 17° Festival Internacional de Cine para Niños 2012 (Mexico), The Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival 2012, Massachusetts (USA), Singapore International Children’s Film Festival 2012 (Singapore), Arty Pants, at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (USA), Int. Art Film Festival for Children in Colombia 2011 (Colombia), Filmlabfestival 2012 (Italy), 34th Int. Children’s Film Festival LUCAS 2011 (Germany), Kaliber35 Munich Int. Short Film Festival 2011 (Germany), 19th Filmfest Hamburg 2011 (Germany), Peterborough Int. Film Festvial 2013 (Canada), Curtocircuito Santiago de Compostela ISFF 2011 (Spain), El Meu Primer Festival 2012 (Spain), Int. Film Festival Ciné-Jeune de l’Aisne 2011 (France), International Short Film Festival Lille 2012 (France), La Fête d’Animation Lille 2012 (France), Emmentaler Filmtage 2010 (Switserland), Cinekid 2012 (The Netherlands), MCM Filmfest 2011 (The Netherlands), Anima 2011 (Belgium), Film Festival Oostende 2011 (Belgium), Int. Short Film Festival Leuven 2010 (Belgium), 14th Brussels Short Film Festival 2011 (Belgium), Ciné Privé 2011 (Belgium) Het Grote Ongeduld! 2010 (Belgium)
Here’s the prize list:
VAF Wildcard for Animation 2010 (Belgium), Winner Canvas prize Animation 2010 (Belgium), Winner Best Animated Short for kids, Int. Youth Film Fest. Rimouski 2011 (Canada), Winner Best Animated Short for kids, Int. Film Fest. Ciné-Jeune de l’Aisne 2011 (France) Winner Zebracinema-prize 2010 (Belgium)
At the moment I am directing in Ghent full time for my new short, in the studio and with the awesome team of Creative Conspiracy and produced by Vivi Film (Les Triplettes de Belleville, The Secret of Kells, …). Much more on that in the upcoming post!
since a couple of months I am working full time on my new short ”Mia”, together with the incredible crew of Creative Conspiracy, in Gent. Though I could already show you several visuals and stuff, I would still like to keep them to myself. Don’t want to jinx what we got going. :)
But no worries, here’s something else I can finally share with you: the short animated sequences I directed for the Flemish television program ”Groenland” on Eén, made by production house Hotel Hungaria.
Together with amazing animator Matty Jorissen and Wijnand Driessen (Matte! Nande?) we made animated segments, each +-10 seconds long, that merged two different video items of the gardening program. Every week for 43 weeks, we made 2 of these segments, resulting in a total of about 14 minutes of animation.
The character animation was entirely made in Flash, though we tried to keep an organic and tactile feel to it. Backgrounds were hand painted on paper, with aquarel and pencil. Compositing was done in After Effects.
It was quite a challenge for us to deliver these pieces every week, for a whole tv season, in between other work. We’re very glad we pulled it off. Keeping the gags funny and/or original was our main focus, while staying in the feeling of the program in its whole.
Here’s a montage of some of the best moments. Watch full screen and in HD for more eye candies! Enjoy!
finally I have the honor to present to you the 2 books I have drawn for the city of Genk, where I grew up in.
2 books? One is a kind of diary of myself, filled with drawings of important places of the city or of places that have a special meaning to me. It’s a hard cover, has color and is very sturdy. This kind of personal sketchbook is meant for the more grown up audience. The other book is for all the energetic kids that want to color their asses off: it’s a coloring book. It’s kind of a simplified version of the other one. But there are a lot of drawings as well that are drawn specially for this one, things I thought the kids of Genk would enjoy coloring.
It is just such an honor to get the chance to do this for my city. Big props go to Kristof Reulens who came up with the idea of making this book and initiated it. ”Why wouldn’t we make a book filled with drawings of our city? Wouldn’t that be great?” I thought so too, so we did it.
I really took my time making these books, drawing mostly during the weekends, while working on other projects. It was liberating going out again with a piece of paper and my pencil and marker. No computers, no pixels, just paper, pen and the outsides. I didn’t get pressured either, by the city, and I was really trusted with the project, being allowed to do what I think would be right.
Another great part of the project was working together with the talented couple Daan Linsen and Debora Lauwers. Their graphic design bureau: http://www.postcardofapainting.com/ Debora her Tumblr: http://deboralauwers.tumblr.com/ They were put in charge of putting the books together, doing the layouts and pimping things up. It was real fun to have their original and experienced look on things and to learn and work with them. Together we created a kind of worn out look of the hardcover book, trying to make it a cosy and used sketchbook. They really added a lot to the book, giving it a lot more feeling and character. Down here you see all three of us.
A picture is worth a 1000 words, so I’ll cut the talk. Here’s a (pretty big) peak at the 2 books! They are sold in Genk in the Uit in Genk shop (in between the library and the train station), in the C-mine shop and in the bookshop Malpertuis in Genk. The hard cover is 20€, the coloring book 5€. Enjoy!
Quite a while ago my sister gave me this: a little metal box with Mister Strong on it and inside of it a tiny orange origami bird. She said to me: this is what I wish for you, to be strong on the outside and to stay tender on the inside. I’ve always liked having it lying around on my desk somewhere.
Over the last couple of months I have been realizing that it’s ok to be tender and vulnerable. That your vulnerability is actually what makes you strong.
In a museum about fairy tales I read the following lines that reminded me of what my sister said: ” […] for the hero(ine) to find the courage to be vulnerable. Because those who don’t dare to be vulnerable never really start their quest.”
here it is, the working title of my new short: Mia.
The screenplay is final and at the moment, I am storyboarding, designing and just engulfing myself with the movie. Trying to keep it running through my veins.
As I said in the previous post, I’ve written it with my friend Bert Vandecasteele. More to come in the following months..
made a small illustration this weekend for my good Berlin based Belgian screenwriting pal Bert Vandecasteele. I have been working closely together with Bert these last couple of months, writing on the script of my new animated short, with the VAF Wildcard. It’s great sharing insights with him, brainstorming together, listening to him analyzing my script and picking each other’s brain. Makes writing so much more fun, compared to when I was writing alone on Mouse for sale. Here’s a picture of Bert and I next to the Berlin wall, when was in Berlin with my girlfriend for a week.
Bert submitted an exposé for a screenwriting contest and I made an illustration for the front page. It’s an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tail ”The Tinderbox”. I have also been involved in the development of the writing for a small part, which was great to get the feel for the atmosphere I had to create in the drawing. The man who owns the tinderbox sees a woman in the flame and finds her.
Here it is. Drew it first on paper and painted it in Photoshop. I am finally experimenting more with brushes, trying to get a more tactile painting.