No Escape! My first official song, published on Spotify, iTunes, CDBaby and what have you! Now I'm ready for my first... uhm... double album.

Friday, October 2, 2015 Under The Apple Tree was honored with the prestigious Golden Calf award for Best Short Film at the Netherlands Film Festival (NFF). Director Erik van Schaaik was welcomed to the stage by two of his most esteemed colleagues, Oscar nominees Marieke Blaauw and Joris Oprins, to receive the beautiful but heavy statuette. In a short speech Erik thanked his fantastic team at Pedri Animations and Beast Animation, especially Paul Mathot, Peter Mansfelt and Thomas Hietbrink. He also thanked Racoon for their song Fun We Had. Special thanks to producer Anita van Dalen – his very own Anita! – and to their loyal fans in Arnhem.

This production diary is all about animation. Animating the puppets for stop-motion horror comedy Under The Apple Tree. And also a bit about music. Watch me develop a happy tune to go with the credit roll of the film. Please support our crowdfunding campaign (runs untill May 26, 2015). Thank you!

Laura-Beth Cowley wrote an in-depth interview with Erik about Under The Apple Tree and his next animation project Hieronymus. Please click here for this great read.

An animated short film about a man struggling against the storm. Suddenly he discovers that not everybody is affected by the wind...

Dutch title: Pik 
Short, sweet 'n screwy. An ox and a bird. Can't live with, can't live without.

 
A deceased farmer is buried by his hated brother, the vicar. Worms inhabit the corpse, discovering they’ve full control over it. The dead farmer awakens...

The Phantom Of The Cinema is an animated short film in which we, the theater audience, get an indiscreet look behind the screen of the cinema. The film suddenly jams and breaks, allowing us to see what happens behind the projection screen when everything is going horribly wrong.

Cartoon Movie 2016 in Lyon, France. Erik and company presented their animated feature plan Hieronymus, supported by the Dutch Film Fund, television network AVROTROS, and many friends and collegues. A great show in front of a lot of enthusiastic, potential partners. See y'all soon!

I wrote the Apple Tree poem as an amusing, creepy and certainly offbeat bedtime story.

A fun little horror story before bedtime, about family, apples, worms and death.

A small step for mankind but a giant step for a kid.

Erik van Schaaik is nominated for the Dutch Directors Guild Award. A great honour to receive from ones colleagues!