The fantabulous three-minute animated thriller opens with an exciting pursuit through a forest that ends in... not a forest. A film about believing in an illusion...
Directed by Fons Schiedon (fonsschiedon.com) and produced by Submarine.nl, In A Forest is part of a very cool, ongoing initiative by the Netherlands Film Fund, that aims to reintroduce short films back into cinemas.
Usually, we like to give you a little behind-the-scenes feature on our productions, but in this case, the behind-the-scenes is rather uninteresting, because –insert spoiler alert here– it is part of the actual film. Fons did share with us that "strange and mysterious events" happened during production...
“Bram came to Berlin to work on the sound design. We were both living in a sort of twilight zone state, caused by sleep deprivation, as we worked towards the deadline. We recorded sounds in an actual forest in the dead of night –it was pitch dark– in a sort of method sound-recording style. Rolling in the bushes and all.
"Then we ran into a strange dude who played an out-of-tune trombone and looked like Jimi Hendrix. He wore a T-shirt with Hercules on it. This guy provided us with some of the sounds for the beast in the film, but didn't want anything for it.
"Then, on our way to Amsterdam to mix the sound, the oil reservoir in Bram's Volvo exploded. The car was a total loss. After it was towed by the German breakdown service, we continued in a rental. The whole experience was in such stark contrast to the otherwise super smooth production process of the animation. For me, it was like a breath of fresh air to end in total chaos. I think it gave the film just that bit of edge that it needed."
A film by Fons Schiedon
Music and Sound Design by Bram Meindersma
Animation Production Services: Birdo Studio
Produced by Submarine.nl, Femke Wolting and Bruno Felix
Animation Direction: Luciana Eguti, Paulo Muppet
Animation: Antonio Linhares, Luciana Eguti, Paulo Muppet
Character Modelling: Luciana Eguti, Guilherme Pace
Character Setup: Guilherme Pace
Character Texturing and Shading: Luciana Eguti
Production: Anne Buiter, Fabie Hulsebos
Directed and Designed by Fons Schiedon
Compositing, Editing: Fons Schiedon
Mix: Warnier Studio, Arno Willemstijn
Special Thanks to: Pearl Brilmyer, David O Reilly, Arturio Martinez-Steele, Rebekka Ladewig, Luis "Guaia Guaia", Stefan Minning's "Normality"
This Film was supported by The Netherlands Film Fund and PATHÉ