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While browsing the bookstore 19-year-old Gwen is unexpectedly drawn to a volume of kinky erotica, earning her disapproving glares from the other customers. Will Gwen follow her deepest desires or will she let her embarrassment restrain her?

We were approached by our colleagues at Studio Pupil to help them out with animating the books and the compositing of their animated short Tabook.

Combining 2D animation with 3D animation and make it all work inside the miniature backgrounds was quite a challenge. 2D animation can feel really flat when you place it in a three-dimensional space. To give the 2D characters more depth we used the individual animated elements to create shadows and highlights. This is a very effective technique that we often use in our own compositing work, mainly because you don’t need to animate the shadows and highlights by hand which is a huge timesaver.

Check out this breakdown of our compositing process for this great film.


Direction, Screenplay, Storyboard: Dario van Vree
Producer: T√ľnde Vollenbroek
Production coordinator: Iris Frankhuizen
Creative Consultant: Johan Klungel

Design: Bonnie Mier
Paper Art: Vera van Wolveren
Background Photography: Dario van Vree
Typography: DB Creative Works
Animation: Tom Mourik, Michael Sewnarain, Bonnie Mier
Clean-up: Myrthe Raasveld
Coloring: Daniel Visscher
Compositing: Studio Plumeau
Technical research: Colin Dassen

Gwen voice: Reineke Jonker
Additional voices: Annegeer Konijn, Dario van Vree, Oscar van der Heiden
Music: Nik Phelps
Foley, sound design, mix: Jeroen Nadorp
Foley recording engineer: Robin van der Heiden
Sound studio: Bob Kommer

DCP: Roloff de Jeu
Festival distribution: Ursula van den Heuvel (KLIK! Distribution Service)
Production consultant: Jantiene de Kroon