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


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...

May 4, 2012

The Boy is Gone

The Boy is Gone
A young boy pursues his dream of being a pilot and becomes instrumental to a nation’s nightmare. Based on his intense and personal memories, Christoph Bohn tells the story of the unknown German community in Belgium. A fascinating journey back in time through animated scenes, never showed archive footage and absorbing testimonies.

Yesterday the Boy is Gone went in to premiere at the Doville Festival in Leuven.
I supervised the 18 minutes worth of animation on this documentary feature. And although it didn't come easy, the final movie made it all worth! The animation is used to re-create memories from the past in a sort of child-like world.
The director, Cristoph Bohn, can be really proud on this very personal documentary! The art direction of the animation was done by the great Steven Hermans.

If you have a chance to see it (preferably in a cinema), make sure you do! It's not you average kind of WWII documentary, for more reasons than one!

Note: A while ago I posted some of the colourscripts I did for The Boy is Gone, they can be found here and here.

January 29, 2012

Dexia Bank Illustrations

Yes, I know, a lot can be said about the role of banks in today's society. But sometimes they bring good stuff, too. Like the time I had to do this illustration for Dexia's "eco credits". The image was used for posters, internet banners, and advertising on Dexia ATM screens.

Client: Boondoggle
Art-director: Gilles de Boncourt

And because I didn't post a lot recently, here's a sketch for a second poster that wasn't meant to be..

April 4, 2011

The Sleepy Winner

Yesterday, a bunch of us went to visit our friend Bert Dombrecht and his wife, to see their lovely new born daughter Bette.
We made a book for her with small stories and illustrations. This was my contribution.

February 4, 2011


Some quick studies I did today for an upcoming project.