About the project
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Slowly but surely a small project has grown into an international enterprise. For FINITY CALLING we have financial support from the Dutch Film Fund, the Flemish Audiovisual Fund and the Creative Industries Fund NL.
I cannot wait to start shooting, but we are not quite there yet. Help me with this very last step so that this special project may take shape - and you may be proud of your contribution.
The film is set in one small space. A group of people is sitting at a table in a room with windows, but no one looks outside. On the table are plates with food and glasses with beverages. It is quiet, no one says anything. Bored, the men and women pick at their food. Under the table is a boy. He is playing and in a rowdy way constantly disrupting the rest at the table. His youthful candour is not appreciated by everybody. The story takes a strange and ominous turn when it starts raining birds outside. When the curious boy secretly takes one of the birds inside, he doesn’t know that he sets in motion a series of events that will eventually have serious consequences for everybody.
Adults look with a kind of envy to small children because they don’t yet have a sense of finiteness. When we watch the comings and goings of children, we adults are faced with our own mortality. The contrast with our actions, that unconsciously but continuously are determined by the sense of impermanence, can hardly be greater.
I think becoming aware of the finiteness of life is a process, a rite of passage. "Coming of age" is a frequently used theme in literature and cinema. In FINITY CALLING I want to use this individual transition from one world to another as a metaphor. By telling a wondrous and imaginative story I want to show this moment as a crucial change in contradictory ways of thinking.
The small story that I tell in the animated film acts as a door to the large story that is familiar to every adult. In FINITY CALLING the time is stopped for a moment; we can then reflect on a particular moment of awareness. Developments in the field of technology, communication and art are gaining momentum, so the temptation arises to only look ahead. To get a view of where we are I think it is just as important to look backwards. How does the past shape the present? And how does that influence our view on the future?
FINITY CALLING is in the borderland of experimental film and conventional narrative animation. The film is characterized by the combination of the traditional stop-motion technique with a contemporary design. For this I work closely with the remarkable fashion duo MaryMe-JimmyPaul who are creating an international furore with designs pairing fashion and art.
DESIGN AND COLLABORATION
In the design I have chosen to have chance play an important role. For the character designs I have developed a process that cannot be controlled completely. Through the erosion of the plaster casts the most whimsical forms and textures are created that could never have been planned.
To make the story as effective as possible I choose an alienating atmosphere. Shine, reflection and flat surfaces with unnaturally straight lines often cause an unattractive coldness in 3D computer animation. By using these features in a positive way in a stop-motion film, an alienating contrast is created between the cold room and the human figures. Working with reflective materials does not make the shooting easier but by paying extra attention to the lighting, it will in the end produce a puppet film with an exciting new kind of image.
It has been a long-cherished wish of mine to work with fashion designers. For the dressing of the puppets in FINITY CALLING I turned to the duo MaryMe-JimmyPaul. In their work they seek the borderland between fashion and art, resulting in narrative design with bizarre materials and extreme silhouettes. The miniature collection they have developed specifically for this film will also be presented elsewhere as a stand-alone fashion collection.
The producer of FINITY CALLING, seriousFilm, is working closely together with our Belgian colleagues in the form of co-producer Walking The Dog. The development phase of the film has been made possible by the NIAf through their artist-in-residence programme. For the fabrication of the puppets we cooperate with the renowned stop-motion animation studio Pedri Animation. The armatures are developed in Poland by studio Se-Ma-For. The young filmmaker Jos Meijers is closely involved in the screen-writing phase, the storyboarding and finally in the editing. On top of that he also unleashed his talents on the trailer for this campaign.
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Jasper Kuipers | Breda, September 2013
Cast & Crew
JASPER KUIPERS graduated in 2008 at the animation department of the art academy St. Joost in Breda. From that moment on he has been working as a freelance director | animator on both commissioned and independent animation films. In his work he uses animation’s innate qualities to tell stories that cannot be told through any other form.
“The use of symbols and metaphors in animation and the possibility to strip reality of all noise, makes it exceptionally suitable for distilling clarity out of chaos. This art form bears close resemblance to regular film, but on the other hand is fundamentally different in the way it is constructed. The tension that it creates is something I am keen on exploiting in my work.”
SERIOUSFILM is the production company of Koert Davidse (director | producer) and Marc Thelosen (creative producer). Apart from documentaries for the theater and television seriousFilm also produces animation, experimental film and fiction. They work with both experienced directors and with young talent which is why they closely follow the developments on various academies and schools. SeriousFilm often acts as either minority or majority coproducer in international productions.
WALKING THE DOG is an animation production company and independent animation studio created by the two producers Anton Roebben and Eric Goossens in 2000. After their successful career in the companies Little Big One and Trix, they decided to set up their own company in the centre of Brussels to concentrate more on international artistically animated projects.
MARYME-JIMMYPAUL works with the area between art and fashion. Taking inspiration from their own created stories and worlds, from people and a view on pop culture, they show fashion in a different way.
Constantly pushing the boundaries of shape, textures and colors, they raise eyebrows with their big, sculptural works that not only provide a surprising look, but also evoke a feeling.
With the help of different disciplines from the art and fashion world, MaryMe-JimmyPaul takes the viewer into a beautiful, eerie, humorous, bizarre, grandiose fantasy fashion world. The end result is an explosion in the face, like a Bugs Bunny cartoon.
JOS MEIJERS is both independent filmmaker and film teacher at several Dutch academies. He graduated with honours in 2007 at the AKV St.Joost in Breda.
His films repeatedly coerce the viewer into an attentive mode of viewing by use of very specifically chosen images and sound. His films do not easily let go of the viewer, not least because the intrinsic line is thought-provoking.
PEDRI ANIMATION is a Dutch studio specializing in Stop motion animation. Founders Peter Mansfelt and Paul Mathot, together with freelance specialists, work to create high quality productions and to educate new talent. For more than a decade Pedri Animation has been delivering high quality animation for commercials, children series, leaders, corporate productions and short films, broadcasted worldwide. For the Finity Calling, Pedri will make all of the complex and detailed animation puppets.
“ We enjoy making stop motion puppets. No, we love making stop motion puppets! It’s what we spend most of our time doing: designing, constructing and working on ways to improve puppets.
If you ask us: “can you make it?” Our answer will always be: yes absolutely, just tell us what you need.”
SE-MA-FOR is a Polish animation studio, founded in Łódź, in 1947. In the beginning, Se-ma-for was mostly known as the first and only puppet animation studio in Poland, after which it also developed a wider scope into fields including documentary and a feature film.
Since its establishment over 1400 films (including about 800 puppet films) have been made in Se-ma-for, which have received hundreds of awards and distinctions, with two OSCAR awards for the films “Tango” by Zbigniew Rybczyński and “Peter and the Wolf” by Suzy Templeton.
The NETHERLANDS INSTITUTE FOR ANIMATION FILM (NIAf) has the objective to promote the animated film in the broadest sense of the word. The NIAf seeks to achieve this goal by functioning as an education, knowledge and information centre for the animated film with a multitude of tasks.
As of 1 January 2013, due to uncertain political and financial situation, the Netherlands Institute for Animation film will no longer be manned. This marks the end of more than twenty years dedicated to developing talent for professionals in our artist-in-residence programme, educational projects, festival distribution, research and any other tasks.