Sunday, December 27, 2015

Promotional Stills

We've lifted some stills from the film for festival and promotional purposes. Hopefully it'll help to get us selected. And to get some pants (and skirts) in those cinema seats.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Model Reference Sculpture

Here's a little bust of my main character that I modeled long ago. 

It's quite rough but it helped me better understand the structure of his head. During production, while I was animating, I kept it within reach for reference, and when I happened to loose track of his structure, volumes and proportions this little fella helped me out quite a lot. 

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Foley and Final Mix at Bob Kommer Studio's

After recording and mixing our musical score at Studio Dada in Brussels we did the foley recording and final soundmix at Bob Kommer Studio's in The Hague.

Foley recording is the art of adding sound effects to the film by creating those sounds, using everyday objects, during a live studio recording.

Here's Jeroen, creating every squeak, crack and whistle for our film.

Robin brought his parent's antique pendule so we could record the right tone and resonance of an old wooden grandfather clock. In front of that is my old pocketwatch. Long broken but perfectly suitable for these purposes (and no, we didn't smash them). 

After that we created our final soundmix, sculpting a perfect 5.1 surround track for cinema screens as well as a stereomix for smaller festivals and venues. 

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Recording Music in Brussel

It's been a while since my last update.

The fact is it's been crazy busy in the last stages of production. Finishing up all the visuals, coloring animation, correcting, recoloring, sound FX and foley recording and mixing took it's due toll. But it's 99,9% done! Almost there!

In June, shortly after my session with the composer Reinhard Vanbergen, we went to Studio Dada in Brussels to record the music with a chamber orchestra complemented with additional percussion. Just the right amount of musical instruments for an intimate story like Ticking Away. It was a nice adventure and a great privilege to have had these tremendously talented professionals performing just for us.

Reinhard Vanbergen getting ready for our day-long recording session.   

Geert Calleart on the piano.

Gaetan La Mela working the vibraphone.

Gaetan brings out the big guys!

Punishing those kettledrums.

All is cool at mission control.

Our string quartet getting ready.

And performing.

End of day. An abandoned music studio is a melancholy sight.

Reinhard Vanbergen getting comfortable for an evening of mixing.

Button, buttons! Don't push the red one! 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

We made it!

And now it's official! We made it, thanks to YOU!

Thank you so much to everyone who helped us get the message around. And to all the funders. The were a couple of very generous anonymous ones; thank you guys, I have no way of knowing who you are but I'm very grateful.

Monday, July 20, 2015


Here's some more animation, cleaned up this time, for our project.
Background is by Brun Croes. Animation by me.
We're on 77% and we only have a few more days to go, so help us out and donate here if you can:

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Framed Still For Our Supporters

When you choose to support us for the 500 euro reward you get all of the rewards from 25 euro on and on top of that you receive a framed still (A4) from the film. Since we will pick out this still together with you, it will be a unique artwork to hang on your wall and dazzle your friends.

Go check out our rewards on and help us reach our goal!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Background Paintings

Here are some full-color background paintings for Ticking Away. Colored by Brun Croes.
If you like these, you can help us finish the film. Our crowdfunding is still running, but running out of time. We only have 10 days left! So please go here and donate if you can:

Friday, July 10, 2015

Roughs and cleanups

To keep things going; here's some rough animation, followed by cleanups.
If you like it, you can give us a hand in completing the film.

Thursday, July 9, 2015


Here's some more artwork. These are the B/W layouts drawings for the animation scenes. Eventually they were colored in by Brun Croes. (I'll post some of those colored BG's later.) A fair portion of these will be included in the 'Making Of' book, btw.

And please don't forget to donate if you can! Help us finish this thing, we only have 16 days left and that's not a lot.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Making Of Book

Curious about the rewards we offer for our crowdfunding campaign?

One of them is the “Making of Ticking Away” hardcover book. An inside look at what is needed when making an animated film. It will include the complete storyboard, layout drawings, development sketches and background paintings. Also included is behind the scenes information about the development of the film.
The book is one of the rewards you get when you support us for 250 EUR. We’ll also mention you in the credits. On top of that you get all the rewards of the lower amounts: the wallpaper, mp3, a signed Ticking Away DVD, flipbook, a ticket for the Dutch premier and the Best of CinéTé DVD.

Here are some samples of the storyboard:



Sunday, July 5, 2015


A very nice article with some background info about Ticking Away on Animatieblog!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Gazet Van Antwerpen

Our project made it into the Belgian newspaper the "Gazet Van Antwerpen".
(Pdf can be found here.)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

26% at Cinecrowd!

We reached 26% of our goal at Cinecrowd!

A big thanks to everyone who donated! To everyone else, please donate if you can and help us finish the film. It would help us tremendously and you get a nice reward in return. Otherwise, please share our crowfunding message.

To celebrate, here's a little teaser with rough animation. The foreground/background is painted by the inimitable Brun Croes.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Composing the score

We've managed to get Reinhard Vanbergen to compose and conduct the score for Ticking Away. Here's the two of us fine-tuning  the composition to get it just right for the film and ready for the musicians, a chamber orchestra with additional percussion, to perform.

After that it was off to Brussels to record the score at studio Dada.

Friday, June 26, 2015


For the final stage of our production, my producer has set up a crowdfunding at Cinecrowd. We are trying to scrape together the budget to pay for the final stages and we are looking for backers. We offer very nice rewards in return for a donations! So, if you can, please donate. If not, please spread the word and help us finish this film. We'd be really grateful.

Friday, June 19, 2015


Private preview for my friends from Mooves giving me feedback and advice on dramaurgy and storytelling. 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Fabrique Fantastique

I've been working closely and very pleasantly with the crew at all-round animation and production studio Fabrique Fantastique who are hard at work doing compositing and coloring on Ticking Away.

Here's them looking rather photogenic.

Left to right; Matthew Lu (color artist), Hanne Geeraert (DEA veteran), Michaël Koning (compositing wizard), Quinten van Epperzeel (color artist).

Sweating Away.

Floriaan Den Hoed stretching his neck muscles.

Hanne needs exactly 4 cups of coffee to keep going.

Doing their "Usual Suspects" routine. (Gimme the keys, you @$#%*&!!)