About the project
What began as a graduation project, has grown into a filmproduction that involves several professionals. In 2011 a small crew of Dutch filmmakers - under supervision of director Ids Aalbers and producer Rob Feringa - from the NHL Hogeschool in Leeuwarden traveled to the city of Charleroi in Belgium. In a short period they shot their post-apocalyptic short film, twice.
Daniel, a soldier, finds himself in an abandoned and overgrown city. Without any memory of what happend he starts looking for his team, one of them who is very dear to him.
After finding a clue he meets a lonely soul, a man who claims to live by the word of God. The man, introducing himself as Virgil, tells Daniel he might know more about what happened to his teammates as they draw closer to Daniel's predetermined fate.
The script was written in three days. However, we changed and polished the plots for months, even during shooting. We tried to create a thrilling story with a deep, philosophical background inspired mainly by Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy - a 14th century poem of which "Inferno" is most widely known - and Goethe's "Faust". However, we used it in a modern post-apocalyptic setting, a world where nothing is what it seems.
Now that we finished our shoot, we involved industry professionals who agreed to help us out with the completion of this film. We got one matchmoving and compositing artist on board who helped us put together the teaser-trailer (see the video above) and several matte-painters and 3D artists are now preparing to work with us.
Cast & Crew
Anathema is a short film created by a small Dutch crew of filmmakers. It's been in development for almost two years and our team can look back with pride as the post-production is well underway.
With a too-small-to-be-real budget, but with great new technologies (like the Canon 550D) we successfully put to the test a method of filmmaking, that can best be described as "guerrilla-filmmaking".
Ids Aalbers - Director
Ids Aalbers has been shooting video and composing music since he was ten years old. Over the course of the years he made awardwinning films and animations, but his passion for film really grew when the DSLR filmmaking technology was introduced in the form of the Canon 5D mark II. Since then he steadily gathered inventive tools in order to make film on-the-go. This was essential in the making of Anathema. He is also working to provide the music for the film.
Rob Feringa - Line producer
The motor behind the project. Rob's job was to oversee and control the tight schedule. He is the key manager of the daily operations. He worked continuously with the director from the beginning until the end. Even now he has an important role in getting the project to reach it's goal.
Nienke van Staveren - Actress
Nienke van Staveren studied Theatre at Shorter University in the USA. Additionally, she has participated in workshops from professional actors, directors, and composers in both America and the Netherlands. Currently, she is studying Film and Communication at Amsterdam University College and combines her work as an actress with her studies where possible. She started her professional career on set with a supporting part in De Daltons, de jongensjaren, a continuation of the Dutch Emmy-nominee series De Daltons. Recent credits include Promises with Shorter University, short feature films such as Denk Na (2011) and Set in Stone (2012), It’s not about the Frappuccino and I Am I staged readings with Orange Tea Theatre, and the new Dutch TV series Zusjes (2012).
Tin Kapetanovic - Actor
Tin Kapetanovic (born 16 September 1987) is a Dutch actor with both Dutch and Bosnian citizenship. Born in the city of Mostar in the Former Yugoslavia (SFRY) he was raised in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. Having never formally studied acting, he approaches every role with a constant research and vigorous devotion, remaining completely in character for the duration of the shooting schedule. He has degrees in International Relations and Political Science having worked and studied in the Netherlands, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Thailand and Belgium.
Hendrik Hensema - Actor
Hendrik Hensema is an ordinary guy from Friesland (Netherlands) without any actual actingtraining, but with a great eye for acting. He helped Ids with earlier projects and liked the idea of playing the main role as a grumpy soldier. He was however dead serious when in character and did it like no other could do it.
So far, these are the members that have worked on this project:
Director, Director of Photography and Editor - Ids Aalbers
Executive Producer - Rob Feringa
Cast - Tin Kapetanovic, Hendrik Hensema, Nienke van Staveren, Robert de Wit & Royce Hoekstra
Motiontracking & Compositor - Giso Spijkerman
Matte-painters - Lucas Weij, Derk Elshof, Roy Korpel
Crew - Katja Joumanova, Ramiro Oosting, Aquila Ngoesmin, Friso Aalbers
Soundtrack - Ids Aalbers
Producers - NHL Hogeschool Leeuwarden, Metafoor Media
Eindelijk is het zover, we hebben ons crowdfunding doel behaald!
We willen onze familie, vrienden en fans hartelijk danken voor hun bijdrage en ondersteuning. In het bijzonder willen wij Cinecrowd en onze officiele producenten Metafoor Media en CMD Leeuwarden bedanken voor hun ondersteuning en geloof in ons project.
Houdt het hier dan bij op? Helemaal niet! We hebben nog acht dagen en een hele hoop ideeen om van ANATHEMA een knaller te maken die de filmwereld niet snel zal vergeten!
We willen iedereen die nog niet gedoneerd heeft een kans geven om een download, DVD, poster of tickets naar de premiere te bemachtigen en ons te helpen de film nog mooier te maken dan we ooit hadden durven dromen.
Verspreid deze mail onder vrienden en familie en wie weet kunnen we het budget vergroten en de film naar een hoger niveau brengen!
Hier kan je de teaser-trailer nog bekijken: https://vimeo.com/42994474
Met vriendelijke groet,
Geweldig nieuws! We hebben ons eerste artikeltje staan in het Horror/Sci-fi filmmagazine "Schokkend Nieuws", editie #101!
Bekijk hier de hoge resolutie www.anathemafilm.com/news/
Vergeet niet om vrienden en familie op de hoogte te brengen van de crowdfunding, we zijn er nog niet! www.cinecrowd.nl/anathema
Ten eerste willen wij de donateurs hartelijk bedanken voor hun bijdrage!
We hebben een klein stukje van onze film "Anathema" online gezet. Er moet nog het een en ander aan gesleuteld worden, maar het geeft een aardig beeld van hoe de film er uiteindelijk uit gaat zien. Enjoy!
De mensen achter de visual effects zijn inmiddels druk bezig met het eerste deel van de film. Hierover laten we meer weten in de volgende update!
Met vriendelijke groet,