Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Making of PEFC

And here it is: the 'making of' of the new TV-commercial we did for client PEFC. Agency is McCann Lowe, production, direction and animation by Beast Animation.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Busy Beasts

While Willy is still walking around in our premises there are a lot of crazy happy people giving the best of themselves in stopmotion world. The “Oh Willy” team is shooting on full speed and are making great shots. Very promising!
In the meantime there is another Beast crew shooting a new commercial. As usual we are not really allowed to show images from the film before it’s being aired. So here’s is one not showing anything whilst showing something. (Sorry, we’re a bit tired after a few 20 hour shooting days /-)

We’ll post the commercial and a REAL making-of in a few weeks.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Willy @ Beast

Since a few weeks we have a very very very special guest at our studios: Willy. He’s the leading actor in a new short film Beast Animation is producing. The film is written and directed by Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels and the title is… “Oh Willy”.
Our co production partners are Vivement Lundi (F), Polaris (F) and Il Luster (NL).
The universe of Willy is very rich and completely made out of wool (and some other fabrics). Emma and Marc are doing an exceptionally good job supported by a very enthusiast team. Andreas De Ridder and Steven De Beul have been animating the first part of the shoot. Steven will move on to other projects and is replaced by Alice Tambellini. The sets where mainly constructed in France by Vivement Lundi, the remaining sets are build at Beast by Joeri Bollaert with some assistance of Dimitri Vandermeulen. Puppets are finished and maintained by Emma, assisted by Babs Raedschelders and Dorien Schetz. Who are also building al lot and a lot of beautiful props. Besides directing, Marc is also doing a great job as DOP. And the whole shoot is controlled and planned by Marianne Chazelas.

Small team. Great results!   Enjoy these making of "Oh Willy" pictures.

 Willy acting one of his first scenes

 Steven animating Willy's mother.

 Emma, Marc and Steven discussing animation and rigging.

Willy at the puppet hospital.

Emma preparing the Yeti for shooting.

The small set where we shoot the interior scenes.

Andreas animating little Willy.

Andreas animating little Willy. 

The film will be finished by end of this year. Without any doubt more news later on!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

New frontiers

After almost seven years of stopmotion fun and craziness in our studios in Brussels, we decided it was time to move on. And move out! 
So Beast has moved to a brand new studio in Mechelen (between Brussels and Antwerp). 

We didn’t have the time really for champagne and oysters, nor a housewarming party. Yet ;-) We’ve moved at the end of April and started up our new short film production “Oh Willy” at the same time. The film is written and directed by Emma De Swaef and Marc Roels and produced by Beast Animation in co-production with Vivement Lundi (F), Polaris (F) and Il Luster (NL). We’ll show you more very soon. In the meantime you can have a look at Emma and Marc’s previous stop motion film: http://youtu.be/IqOObTphuPQ

Two weeks ago our new studio was the location for a evening session about “social responsibility at IKEA” organised by the Expert Group Internal & Employer Branding of the Foundation Marketing  So we prepared our new meeting /lunch room...

Apparently our visitors had a good time at Beast as well ;-)

And well, let’s give you a sneak peek anyway. We’ve build 3 shooting studios for “Oh Willy” and for one of them we’ve installed this cyclo of about 5 m by 14 m…

As we said: new frontiers. And moving on! 

Monday, March 14, 2011

Full House

Last week our studios have been fully crowded. Eve Martin & Nico Bueno are shooting their short “Terre Vague”, a rather experimental film, combining live-action and stopmotion.  The quite large crew (ca 25 people) was shooting on location for a while and than landed at the Beast studios for 10 days of green key shoot. 
At the end of March the stopmotion part will be shot in our studios.
You can see some pictures from the location shoot on: http://www.flickr.com/photos/neverneverlight/sets/72157626218763566/
The film is produced by La Parti Production and Beast Animation.

In the meantime we’ve been doing a live shoot for a new Paranix commercial: models, styling, agency, technical crew, etc invading the rest of our studios.
Beast is producing and directing the film. We’ll post some pics when it’s on air.

And while all this is going on we’re working on our super short series: Bazas!

Keep you posted ;-)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Beast @ Anima 2011!

Coming Friday, 5th of march '11,  the International Animation Film Festival of Brussels kicks off.  They’re celebrating their 30th edition!!! Find all info on www.anima2011.eu
And (of course ;-) Beast Animation is joining the party! Not only is our leader for the Woestijnvis program “Man Bijt Hond” screened in the “This is Belgium” sessions. There will also be an exhibition of the sets and puppets we made and animated for the leader. The expo will take place in the central bar (where else?) of the festival.

The festival runs from Friday 5th ‘till Sunday 13th of march 2011 @ Flagey, Brussels.
Hope to see you there!

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