Tidy Town

Tidy Town

Tidy Town is a 2D animated graduation film made by Thirza van der Zee and me at the University of the Arts, Utrecht (HKU) – which I directed, wrote, and produced. The film is about a raccoon cub named Joy, she has a plan to get rid of the plastic trash that has overwhelmed her island.

visual development

During visual development, I oversaw and worked on the overall art style of the film, concept art of the characters and the environment, the storyboard, and the colour board. I wanted the visuals to be cute, with a hint of realism. Reminiscent of animations I loved when I was little. Simultaneously, I added the visual details Thirza and me came up with into the plot and story, and rewrote the script several times as I received feedback from industry professionals. My ultimate goal was simplifying the plot to counter our tight deadline: graduation.

CONCEPT ART

CHARACTER DESIGN

STORYBOARD

During storyboarding, I focused on amplifying Thirza’s strengths – axing unnecessary shots whilst adding relevant ones.

After readjusting the planning as covid-19 hit the Netherlands, I painted the backgrounds based on layouts created by Thirza van der Zee, Charlotte Lemmers, Cecil Eijgendaal, and myself.

ebsynth

I created a workflow for using Ebsynth to incorporate a painterly style. First, we (the team) finished all character shots with flat colors. Then, I painted most of the key poses to render in Ebsynth. Finally, I cleaned up all the shots in Tvpaint as sampled below.

Animation

During production of animation, I worked on both visual effects and character animation for Joy and Wolf. I also adjusted some final shots of Joy for the sake of consistency, as we had three animators working on her, with too little time to get 100% comfortable with her design.

Tidy Town

Selections & Awards

cinekid

best dutch animated short – nominee

Noordelijk filmfestival

Best student Film – Winner

Netherlands film festival

Student competition – official selection

Giffoni film festival

Elements 6+ – Official selection

FFTG Awards

Quarantine Film – Multiple wins

Canadian cinematography awards

november 2020 animation film – winner

Queen City Film Festival

Animated Short – Official selection

credits

original concept by

Dana Alink & Thirza van der Zee

Written, Directed, & Produced by

Dana Alink & Thirza van der Zee

Componist

Isabella Calmet

Sound Production

Jose Varon

sound effects

Milovan Güich

Final Mix

Geoffrey Cannock

Voice acting

Joy & Mayor – Dana Alink 

Linnaeus Wolf – Jon Adams 

Secretary – Wesley Eagle

CONCEPT ART

Dana Alink & Thirza van der Zee

CHARACTER DESIGN

Dana Alink & Thirza van der Zee

LEAD STORYBOARD DESIGN

Thirza van der Zee

ADDITIONAL STORYBOARD DESIGN

Dana Alink

LAYOUTS

Dana Alink

Cecil Eijgendaal

Charlotte Lemmers

Thirza van der Zee

BACKGROUND ART

Dana Alink

BACKGROUND ART

Dana Alink

LEAD ANIMATION

Dana Alink

Charlotte Lemmers

Thirza van der Zee

ADDITIONAL ANIMATION

Cecil Eijgendaal

Jil Siu

Noémie Bajor

VISUAL EFFECTS

Dana Alink

COLORING

Dana Alink

Dara Dharmaperwira

Cecil Eijgendaal

Tobi Springer

Emelia Waterman

Thirza van der Zee