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

Here is a new entry in the Under The Apple Tree production diary. Puppet-building is all about large quantities of silicone and connecting them steel bones. As always the provocative thumbnail is created in order to seduce you into clicking and watching. A lot of goodness is awaiting! Sit back and enjoy this ridiculous report. 

This week we successfully finished the crowdfunding campaign for our stop-motion horror comedy Under The Apple Tree, we wrapped shooting in Holland, we also wrapped in Belgium and we’re ready for post-production. Thank’s a million to all our supporters, funders, likers and cider-enthusiasts! Cheers!

Here’s our latest look at the making of our stop-motion animation horror comedy. This one is about puppets and sets, but also about inspiration and long, dark nights.

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

Holy moly, we're doing foley! And a lot of editing, compositing, color grading, digital animating etc. We're working hard to complete our animated horror comedy Under The Apple Tree. Almost there!

A measly little worm finds himself homeless, for all the apples are taken by other worms. He’s an outcast in the stormy night, until he discovers the biggest apple of them all. It’s vacant and it’s… mobile!

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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...

Short CG animation to commemorate the opening of Rozet, a beautiful new building in the city of Arnhem, home to the heritage center, the library, the art library, the art center and the community college. Our former queen Beatrix (now princess Beatrix, or Bea, as we like to call her) performed the honors by the press of a button.

Last week we wrapped our last shots at Pedri Animation (NL) and Beast Animation (BE). Have a look at Sergio taking the very last frame of the movie!

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!

Recording the voices of actors Claire King and Tim Gunther was a mile stone in bringing our characters to life. They had several characters to play, each with distinctively different voices. Rinus Aarts made sure everything was recorded perfectly. Now it's time for the animators to lip-sync the puppets to this audio track.

Today the Blenderheads from visited Pedri Animation studio's. Futurists mingling with luddites!

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

Writer/director Erik van Schaaik is going to read you a badtime story. Exerpts from his book. It will give you happy dreams, about supporting the film. All nice and comfy..?

A great article in the Gelderlander on the Appletree Studio. Thank you Marco! 

A high speed overview of my work. Strap in!