The Smile


October 6 - FIFF Namur - Belgium
October 14 - Anim'est Film Festival Bucharest - Romania
November 7-13 - CINANIMA Espinho - Portugal
December 17 - Filmhuis Den Haag - Netherlands

I composed three songs for The Smile, and you can play them on every audio streaming service imaginable! Spotify, Youtube Music, Apple Music, Shazam, you name it!

That's What Makes Me Smile is some crazy-ass jazz-mayhem reminiscent of Fats Waller. Ready for a blowout? This is it!

The Smile –the title song obviously– is a butter-smooth ballad. Yes, it's very much Chaplin-ish and I tried my best to croon like Cole, but it is also a fresh melody put to an outrageous story.

And finally, we have No Animals Were Harmed. Rockabilly time! I love the slap base on this one. It is impossible to sit still during this credits song!

I had a ball recording with Rinus Aarts (music producer and sound designer for the movie). 

Björn van den Boom (drums)
Constantijn van der Heijden (contra bass)
Clemens Horn (grand piano)
Tessa Zoutendijk (violin, viola)
Mariette Freijzer (cello)
Magic Berry (blues harp)
Ietje van den Berg (backing vocals)
Lilian van den Berg (backing vocals)
Raoul Soentken (recording)
Jaap Berends (recording)
Rinus Aarts (recording, mixing, producing, synthesizers, backing vocals)
Erik van Schaaik (music, lyrics, lead vocals, guitars, piano, bass guitar)

TheSmile FilmPoster

Got a nice present in the mail today: A fantastic film poster by Erik Vos from Het Lab. Such a happy image, even though there seems to be something off...
I love it! Thanks, Erik! You are a star!


Recording the voices for stop-motion animated mockumentary The Smile.

Get yourselves pumped up by the energy of Claire King and Tim Gunther, two fantastic actors and friends that you probably know from Under The Apple Tree. Smiles guaranteed!

Hooray, we have reached our goal! And it happened so quickly, thanks to all our darling funders.

But you can still contribute, did you know that? And we will make sure that every single contribution will come sparkling off that silver screen. You can count on it!

There is no limit to the imagination and perseverance of the filmmakers. There is to a movie budget. Big or small, we will always try and get the most out of every penny. And more. And more.

- Your ambitions should always exceed the budget. Guillermo del Toro

- Now we can invite a couple of musicians for the film score! Erik van Schaaik

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In a flash, our crowd has pushed the crowdfund meter up to 74%. An overwhelming response, such great encouragement! On behalf of our team at Pedri Animations in the Netherlands and Beast Animation in Belgium, we would like to send out a huge thanks.

On to the finish line! (and beyoooond!) We should be able to seduce you with our original Smiley tattoo from the movie, right? Who wouldn't want a tattoo like this, on the beach, in the gym or in bed?

Erik has one already, check it out!

Please keep supporting us and share that Smile with friends, foes and vague acquaintances. Love, like, share, follow and The Smile gets more beautiful every day!