Tidy Town

Tidy Town is a 2D animated graduation film created by Thirza van der Zee and me at the University of the Arts, Utrecht (HKU). Written, directed, and produced by me. The short is about Joy, a raccoon cub with a nifty plan to get rid of plastic bottles destroying her town.

visual development

During visual production, I oversaw and worked on the art style which consisted of concept art for 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. Next to working on the visuals I also rewrote the script more than once as I gathered feedback from industry professionals and added the visual details Thirza and me came up with into the plot and story. My ultimate goal was simplifying the plot to meet our tight deadline: graduation.

CONCEPT ART

CHARACTER DESIGN

STORYBOARD

During storyboarding, I focused on enhancing Thirza’s strengths – removing unnecessary shots while adding relevant ones.

After COVID-19 hit the Netherlands, I had to readjust the planning. I painted the backgrounds based on layouts created by Thirza van der Zee, Charlotte Lemmers, Cecil Eijgendaal, and me.

ebsynth

I created a workflow for using Ebsynth to incorporate a painterly style. First, we (the team) finished all character shots with flat colours. Afterwards, 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 animation production, I worked on both visual effects and character animation for Joy and Wolf. There were three animators working on Joy’s key animation and little time to get 100% comfortable with her design. For consistency’s sake, at the end, I adjusted some shots of Joy to counter the most notable differences.

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