Credits


Client Imagine Film Festival
Production year 2013

Niels Dekker (design & animation), Danne Bakker (design, animation & music), Natali Voorthuis (design, animation & music)

About


This small short was featured as a leader for the Imagine Film Festival 2013. This project was realized within a month in cooperation with the now defunct Feed the Horse collective. It tells the short tale of monsters visiting the cinema. Throughout the story we find out that while we watch them, they watch us as well.

Concept


Image Film Festival is an annual movie festival in Amsterdam. It shows the newest and latest in international fantasy, horror and science-fiction; just the things me and my crew love to watch. We had been going for a couple of years already and decided we should do something in return. That's when we entered the leader competition they held that year.

One thing was clear to us from the very start: let's give people the same feeling we have when going to these terrible movies. The thrill, the excitement of walking into a theatre with people who are just as weird as you are, if not more so. We all crawled out from under our rocks to experience something special, together.

Story


One thing was clear to us from the very start: let's give people the same feeling we have when going to these terrible movies. The thrill, the excitement of walking into a theatre with people who are just as weird as you are, if not more so. We all crawled out from under our rocks to experience something special, together.

Design


We went over a great amount of monsters. Lonesome weirdos hanging on the side, kids and their dads getting slimebuckets from fish vendors, big hairy abominations. We managed to put a good bunch of them into the final animation but a whole lot got lost in production as well.

The two main characters had to be a tad more relatable. We picked two classics, Dracula and Medusa, and changed them in an adorbale couple. They had some friends that got dropped along the way. A brain with a pair of eyes in a bottle and a slimey glob who doesn't have any limbs but wears shoes anyway. Due to our tight production schedule and a running time of less than thirty seconds both had to be scrapped eventually.

Result


When we actually won the competition we were shocked, we never expected that! It was a great experience working together on such a short timeframe. Sadly, Feed the Horse disassembled not long after that and we went on pursuing other things. This project is however a great testament to where we were at in 2013, the things we love to watch and the things we love to make.

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