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Hello guys and girls,
I finally got around making a proper portfolio site. Yay!
I am thinking of liking this or a new blog within that site, but those are plans for the future. For now I will just update my new site when a project is done. At the moment I am working or three nice projects! I will try to keep you posted one way or another.
All the best to everyone,
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!
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!
thought I’d keep you guys up to date about what I’m doing at the moment and what I’ve been doing lately. Here’s a small overview..
In progress / doing at the moment:
screenwriting and storyboarding my new animated shortfilm (with the VAF Wildcard budget)
supervising and doing the post-production for a short ”Feeling” magazine commercial for the Flemish TV (assignment by Hotel Hungaria)
making 1,5 minute of animation for a segment of a kids-program pilot, possibly for a Flemish TV-station (initiative of a group of freelancing television makers)
illustrating for the sketchbook of Genk (doing this now and then, and will be doing this for quite a while)
Done / recently completed:
post-production of a Toyota Prius commercial for national television (assignment by Hotel Hungaria)
making the storyboard and animatic of an episode of an animated series for kids, for a Flemish TV-station (assignment by animation studio Hoaxland)
supervising and doing the post-production and animation for 4 internetcommercials for DVV Verzekeringen (assignment by Hotel Hungaria), one can still be found here: Jean-Marie Pfaff trickshots
Things have been going very well and I’ve been able to keep busy all the time. Getting out of school and finding a way into the professional world was a challenge. But by sticking to the philosophy of always doing your best, however big or small the project, and always trying to deliver great work, things worked out.
I’ve almost always been working at my home on all the projects, as a freelancer. It’s got its pros and cons. Biggest pro is that you can structure your day as you wish. (Which is a con at the same time.) Biggest con is that you are working on your own for most of the time. (Which is a pro at the same time.) All in all, I like it and I’m very grateful to be in the position that I am in now.
here’s a little owl I painted for my dad his birthday. On old wise owl..
I’ve started drawing for the city of Genk since a couple of weeks. The end product will be a little book that will be sold in the touristic points in Genk, full of drawings of places in and around Genk (by me, yeah, it’s a bit crazy..). The goal for the book is to be a coloring book for kids and at the same time an enjoyable picture book of the city, for adults.
It’s a great assignment, one that means a lot to me. It’s really liberating to get out and draw again, in the open. Being freed up from the computer. Back to paper and marker. Love it.
I’ll keep you up to date!
I have the honor of making a little illustrated book/coloring book consisting of about 30 of my drawings for the city of Genk, where I live. The plan is to make black and white drawings of sights and things in Genk, the well known spots but also little jems that I have discovered over the years. Special thanks goes to Anniek Nagels, Kristof Reulens en Eddie Guldolf.
It’s all very fun and exciting, making stuff for the real world.. I’m really enjoying it.
These are the drawings the people from Genk saw and were referring to, when they explained to me what they were looking for in the book.
Oh yes, I was also invited on a talkshow on our local TV channel. I feel very honored with all the attention people are giving me..