August 22, 2014

"Trippel Trappel" and "Oma"

The first half of 2014 I worked as a background artist on the Dutch animated feature "Trippel Trappel", with the awesome team at Creative Conspiracy in hometown Ghent!
The movie is based on the Dutch tradition of Sinterklaas, the same guy that actually inspired Santa Claus in the USA. As a want-to-be-an-animator-when-I-grow-up-kid I always figured Sinterklaas would make for a great animated film. Well, here it finally is:


As far as the trailer goes, I did most of the backgrounds in the garden scene.  

Other than that I also proudly want to mention that my girlfriends' film "Oma" is selected for the Cartoon Brew Student Fest and is now on Cartoon BrewTV. Enjoy!


Grandma (Oma) from Cartoon Brew on Vimeo.

June 6, 2014

Searching...

A while ago we were looking for a new home in Ghent, so I did this picture to alert friends to keep an eye open. In the end we decided to stay where we are. Living small certainly has it's flaws, but when it really comes to it, we just like it too much here, I guess!

(But if you own a huge mansion in Ghent and want to donate it to somebody, I'm sure we can work something out!)

May 28, 2014

I love Hooligans

Look who's on the New York International Short Film Festival?
I love Hooligans by Jan-Dirk Bouw!

 " A football hooligan feels unconditional love for his club. However, being gay, he has to hide his identity in order to survive in this world that is so precious to him."

In 2012 I supervised the animation on this 13 minute animated documentary. The art-direction was done by the great Joost Jansen, who recently did a new short movie to remember the centenary of World War I. Check out his blog!

May 26, 2014

Matte Paintings

A year ago I worked as a matte painter on the french feature "The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart".
I did a lot of skydomes which was challenging and fun, but I'm glad the good folks at the modeling and texture departments also left some cities and wide vistas to paint for us, as to have break from the wonderful world of clouds!
So here's a selection of some of the work I did. As the matte paintings best come to their right when compositing has done some of their magic, I also added some final composits!
matte paint

final composit

matte paint

final composit

final composit

part of a skydome

final composit

final composit

final composit


Here I did the snow and icing on the sea, and tried very well to hide my face in the already rendered rock work. But even when I point it out to people they hardly see it, and it's totally out of focus in the movie anyway, so this one's for the really die-hard easter egg hunters amongst you!

Obviously the geometry would block the lowest part of this skydome, so don't mind the rude finishing.

Well, that's it for now.I've been doing a lot of 2D backgrounds in the past year, so expect some of that when these movies will be released! (hopefully that won't be too long from now...)

December 28, 2013

Happy Holidays!


detail (click to enlarge):

August 6, 2013

Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

Since January I've been working as a mattepainter on "Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart".
The teaser is finally out, so here you can catch a glimpse of the work we did!

April 4, 2013

"Belgium at the top of the world in animation?"

Well, that might not be entirely true... yet...

This week National Television made a small item about animation in Belgium. Which is good for my blog, because it shows glimpses of precisely those four productions I worked on for the last two years.

Obviously there's "Pinocchio". Then you can see some vague confidential polygons which come from "La Mécanique de Coeur", for which I'm currently doing matte paints. More prominently there's Wouter Bongaerts' cute short "Mia" for whom I did the color script. And last but not least "I Love Hooligans", where I was animation supervisor.


Once these projects are more widely released, I'll post some stuff on my blog!

January 6, 2013

Donderboom

In memorandum for the centennial of WO I in 1914, the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) decided to fund some One minute shorts based on the theme "peace".
The movies will be shown on the big screen in front feature films throughout 2014.

Together with my friend Dries Bastiaensen, we decided to take a light hearted and fun spirited approach to the heavy theme of war and peace, putting it in a simple yet charming context.

Alas, our concept was not selected by VAF, so here's the animatic, some concept art and a supposed-to-be-still. The first two were done by me, the still we did together.

animatic from Joris Bergmans on Vimeo.


Snow and Rain

I really like the place where I currently live with my girlfriend and our cat. It's a small 1880s working-class street, with a common garden in the middle, surrounded by two peaceful waterways.

To celebrate the holidays and the fact that our little street turned 125 last year (if I'm not mistaken), we had a little drink in december, so I did this illustration for an invitation.


But no matter how charming your street might be, snow is a rare thing in Belgium during this time of the year, and rain was poring down that day. And to make things even worse, the water pipes were renewed earlier that week, resulting in one big mud-pool:

  Oh well! We still had fun!

September 30, 2012

Pinocchio (Enzo D'alo)

 

For the good part of 2011, I was animating on a new feature adaptation of Pinocchio, by Italian director Enzo D'alo, with art direction by the lovely illustrator Lorenzo Mattotti.

This version of Pinocchio is much closer to the original book than the famous Disney version of the 40ies.
It's also much more colorful, weirder, and fast paced. I guess in general, it's just much more Italian!

The movie went in to premiere at the Venice Days Film Festival in September and will have an Italian release in December. I suspect Belgium will follow in February 2013...