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There are film festivals... and then there’s Annecy, the world’s largest event dedicated to animation

Guess what? The Smile has been selected for competition at Annecy 2023! See you there..?


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Tamino is a great Belgium artist. Reminds me of Jeff Buckley in some ways. I happened to run into his brother, Ramy, who is also a great artist, in film. And from the get-go a dear friend. 

When Ramy invited me to do the moving storyboards for Tamino's new music video, I jumped to the occasion, of course. I met the team, Bastiaan and Jonathan. Again, two great friends, I feel really fortunate. We had a lovely time figuring out how to shoot this beautiful, melancholic fairy tale. 

Thanks guys! See you again soon.

Tamino storyboard animatic


Last year my father passed away. He was a gifted draftsman and watercolorist. I created two books from the large pile of work that he left behind. I am very proud of him.


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JasperT 60's-20's

A lifetime of drawings and watercolors. Enjoy the many landscapes, high seas, family life, jokes, gloom. Sketches of a life.


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JasperT 40's-50's

The beginning: Jasperts childhood. A long time ago in Baarn, Holland...

(Follow the links to enjoy a nice preview of the books)

Here is a little impression of our gig-rowing society. Every week we jump in these rowboats to defy the waves of the Noth Sea at Scheveningen.

Drone shots were done by co-rower Eva Janssens.


Promotional sketch

To celebrate the one-hundredth anniversary of Erik's favourite movie, we are developing a stop-motion animated feature film, reanimating the vampire of all vampires: Orlok. Out of love for the classic masterpieces from Murnau and Herzog, we are re-imagining this symphony of horror for a modern audience. This time in glorious stop-motion! Careful though... this antique still bites venomously! 

Currently in development.

Producer: Ate de Jong - Mulholland Pictures
Writer / director: Erik van Schaaik