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Playgrounds Festival 2015 – Opening

From the 3rd to the 6th of November the Playgrounds Festival took place, with the theme Imagine Whatever. For the Master of Animation students the start of the festival marked the end of their first period. At the opening the one minute animations they made in the last couple of weeks were screened, accompanied by the piano music of Kapustin, performed live by Frederique Lucanet. And our very own Jelle van Meerendonk (graduated last year at BA Animation, currently student of the master program) won Best Dutch Student Film! A great kick-off of a great edition.

In the next four blog posts you can read the festival reports of students of the master program: Federica d’Urzo, Aser Perez and Daniel Wesseik.

by Maurice Vinken /

by Maurice Vinken /

by Maurice Vinken /


Kick off 2015-2016: Ghent!

To start the new year with new students, and to get to know each other better, we travelled to Ghent this year.

Pictures by Aser Perez.

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Graduation countdown: Louis Hector

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As I was born in 1992, I grew up with all sorts of technologies and got interested in how they help and entertain the society in various ways. Within both my illustration bachelor and master of animation I continued researching the possibilities to prepare my illustrations and animations for both the educational and editorial fields of digital media.

I am inspired by the development of new media and enjoy seeing that my projects have a purpose within our society to be educative, interactive or entertaining. Within this master I prepared myself to contribute to the creation of digital media to be a pioneer, designer and/or developer.

My graduation project focuses on the 70% of Dutch scholars that struggle to find their dream job and the path to that job. Finding this is definitely not easy and I think the key is self- evaluation within the very first years of the secondary school. After researching the developments of Dutch education and educational digital media I created a promotional video of a mobile application using augmented reality to stimulate the student’s career orientation.

Interested in learning more about my projects and me? Don’t be shy to contact or follow me on my journey.




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Graduation Countdown: The Stretched Now

Hi, my name is Barend Hendriks. I teach at Communication & Multimedia Design at the Hogeschool Rotterdam. With a background in image and media technology and art education, I am very interested in the cross sections of visual arts, design and technology.

With the present emerging interest on creating experiences, I am exploring the potential of animation to create meaningful moments. I am researching how time and movement influence the perceptual experience.

For my graduation project I am experimenting with different installations aimed to challenge the audience. By making multiple works, I hope that the interrelation of the different installations will add to the overall meaning. For me it is important to make the audience aware of their own experience, and to find a way to make them feel responsible for their own perception. I think, the alternation of thinking and doing, reflecting and acting is where meaning-making starts. The focus on these specific moments creates a stretch of the ‘now’. During my explorations I use different media on a minimalistic way. I have noticed that this approach distracts from a specific content or technique and provides a better focus on the experience.DSCN3711
For me this master serves as a kick-start for further research. You can follow my process and development on my blog.

Graduation Countdown: Selen Kılınç


I’m Selen.

I studied graphic design and illustration at my previous education. By continuing to the master animation, I come one step closer to my dream which is about becoming a director who is able to tell stories in her own manner. This year I found an opportunity to focus on technical improvements as well as theoretical basis of both animation and the hero’s journey. I discovered the details of hero’s journey and archetypes, their usage and the importance of symbols. We humans as symbol creating creatures are responsive to subliminal messages. This aspect of our nature amazes me and guided me through my journey. I researched the relation between theory of animation, narrative structure and symbolism in order to understand how they are collaborating through the process of animation. Furthermore, I completed my research by considering the significant role of the audience.

My graduation project is based on monomyth, process of individuation. It is a story of a  girl who loses spheres from her body. Also these spheres represent her lost memories and cause holes on her body. She goes on a journey in her dream to solve her problem. The main theme is about becoming whole with the help of the unconscious. Because the unconscious is able to reveal our inner problems to us, especially with dreams. This is something that I want to emphasise with my story.

At the St. Joost Master I found the opportunity to develop my 2D animation skills. I worked with new software and organisation methods which are very beneficial and time saving. For the design, I focused on both coloured drawings and my personal illustration style which ink based B&W drawings. As a result, ordinary life is colourful and dream scape is B&W.


Background Designs
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Character Design
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Here’s is the link for my making of process: Final Animation Blog
And my personal website and contact:
Hope to see you at our EXHIBITION . 27.08.2015
Thank you!!

Exhibition Master of Animation 2014-2015

ansichtkaart MA 2015 defFrom August 27th to September 1st 2015 the Master of Animation 2014-2015 will present their work. It will be an overview of projects made throughout the year, including the graduation projects. You are more then welcome to check it all in the Chapel of AKV|St. Joost!

In the coming weeks the students will introduce themselves and their work on this blog.

Opening (in presence of students): Thursday August 27th, 15.00 – 20.00
Open:  August 28 – Sept 1, 13.00 – 17.00
(Saturday 11.00 – 16.00, closed on Sunday)
Location: Chapel, AKV St. Joost, Breda

Workshop by Wouter van Reek

We had the pleasure of having Wouter van Reek over for an artist talk and a workshop. Some people know him for his illustrations and animations of Keepvogel (Coppernickel in English), but currently his live animations also accompany a theater and music performance. In his presentation he talked about his inspiration and his fascination for the act of drawing. He showed us some clips of ‘di shu’, Chinese water calligraphy. The workshop afterwards made it possible to easily try out combining drawing on a Wacom with writing code. Next to the master students, also a few bachelor students from Animation and Illustration participated. A real eye opener!



Second assignment: Collaborate!

eyesupplyAfter the first assignment (a one minute animation for the Playgrounds Festival) it was time to join forces: the second period was all about collaboration. In a studio setting the students were asked to divide roles and work on four different assignments: a concept/treatment for an interactive book trailer (client: Submarine), a concept for a live show with visuals and interactive elements (client: Eyesupply), a short animated documentary (client: Stichting Beeldtijd) and last but not least a commercial ident for a TV station (client: Postpanic).

It was an intense period, but the results were worth it!

Take a look at the development blogs and artwork:
(blog about assignment Submarine, below visit to Postpanic, meeting at Eyesupply, styleframe of assignment Beeldtijd)


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Opening of Playgrounds Festival

opening playgroundsThe first assignment for this year was to make a 1 minute animation for the Playgrounds Festival, inspired by the music video David Wilson made for the Arctic Monkeys. At the opening the animations had their premiere. Besides this the event showcased a great line up of local talent like Job, Joris and Marieke, Postpanic, Eyesupply and former student Marlyn Spaaij, who talked about working for the feature length animation ‘Trippel Trappel’.

(photos by Willeke Machiels)