In development – Down in the dumps

Vera van Wolferen Makes the most fantsastic scenes out of paper. Like nobody else she captures moods and emotions in surroundings. Meticulously handcrafted buildings, cars, houses and now insects. For her upcoming film Down In The dumps I am designing the characters and the storyboard. Down in the dumps is about a ladybug suffering from perfectionism, a dodgy but charismatic centipede and a jealous cockroach. It’s a hilarious story that’s personal and universal, for children over 10 years old.

Vera and I are best friends since middle school, and amazingly enough this is our first real collaboration. I am beyond excited for the project to take shape! Working on the character design has been a blast already. I have fallen in love with my own clumsy depiction of a ladybug without a shield.

And what about the socially inept cockroach? Imagining the way they move, how they respond to each other. It’s an interesting collaborative process. It almost asks for mind reading sometimes!

The project is still in development, so it will be some time before it will be available, but i will regularly post updates on it on my instagram page and my website. You can also subscribe to my newsletter if you want to stay up to date!