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Golden Film for Koning van Katoren (To Be King)

Posted in News in February 2013

V.l.n.r.: Regisseur Ben Sombogaart, acteurs Mingus Dagelet en Abbey Hoes

More than 100.000 viewers have seen "Koning Van Katoren" in the theaters, and that means a "Golden Film" award. The movie by director Ben Sombogaart, written by Sander Burger and Bart Westerlaken and based on a novel by Jan Terlouw, went into theaters on December 5th 2012. The production of the film has been handled by Kasander Film in cooperation with Mollywood, Guy & Wilfried van Baelen and the KRO. The film has been made thanks to the support of the Dutch Film Foundation, CoBo Fonds, BLS Fund and the Rotterdam Media Foundation. The Golden Film, Platinum Film and Diamond Film awards are awarded by the Dutch Film Festival and the Dutch Film Foundation when a feature attracts 100 thousand, 400 thousand and 1 million viewers into theaters. The Crystal Film award is given to Dutch documentary productions which get more than 10 thousand viewers in theaters. Benelux Film Distributors is responsible for showing the movie in the Netherlands. Koning Van Katoren is still running in the Dutch theaters.


Alles Is Familie

Posted in News in October 2012

Alles is familie

Carice van Houten, Thijs Römer and Benja Bruijning star in a new rom-com from the directors of 'Alles is liefde'. The film called 'Alles is familie' will open in the DeLaMar Theather in Amsterdam on the 19th of November. This feature film was directed by Joram Lürsen an the script was written by Kim van Kooten. The film tells the story of the De Roover family. All members of the family reached a critical point of making important decisions in life. Winnie wants to have a baby, her husband Rutmer wants to get closer to his inner self, his brother Charlie is avoiding any responsibility and their brother in law Dick wants his late wife to come back to him. And so on... At AVP the team was responsible for the conform, grading and DCP.


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Mees Kees is the first platinum release of the year

Posted in News in October 2012

Mees Kees

The family film Mees Kees is the first Dutch film in 2012 to get 400.000 viewers to the cinemas. The film about Kees, the enthusiastic intern, who is trying to stay afloat before his first school class, has therefore reach the 'Platina Film' status. The prize to Sanne Wallis de Vries has been awarded on Monday morning. She did the voice acting for one of the main characters of the movie. Other key actors are Willem Voogd, Cas Jansen and Peter Heerschop.


Mees Kees

Posted in News in October 2012

Mees Kees

Over 100.000 visitors have seen the children's film 'Mees Kees', therefore the film was rewarded with a Golden Film status on the 10th of October. The young actor Felix Osinga, who plays the lead part of Tobias, was overwhelmed with this news while he was in class on a regular schoolday. The film was released on the 3th of October during the Dutch Film Festival in the Stadsschouwburg in Utrecht. The story is about Kees (Willem Voogd), who is new to the job of teaching. All kids are very willing to help him become a good teacher. The film is based on the homonymous books written by Mirjam Oldenhave, was directed by Barbara Bredero ('Morrison krijgt een zusje') and the conform, grading and DCP was done at AVP.


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Alleen Maar Nette Mensen also a big succes in Surinam

Posted in News in October 2012

Alleen Maar Nette Mensen

The screen adaptation of the book Alleen Maar Nette Mensen ('Decent People Only'), written by Robert Vuisje, did not only perform well in the homeland. It also gathered a substantial audience in Surinam, where it's being projected at the film theater in Paramaribo. The cast and crew were present for the opening screening in Surinam. In Curaçao Alleen Maar Nette Mensen has also become a hit release. The success of the film in Surinam is remarkable because both the book and the movie have been criticized a lot for their portrayal of the Surinamese. The movie tells the story of a Jewish young man who has a crush on black ladies with big butts. He flees his trusted circle in the center of Amsterdam and gets into a relationship with the assertive Surinamese lady Rowanda (played by Imanuelle Grives). The film has become a hit in the Netherlands. Within a week the movie has been seen by more than a hundred thousand moviegoers.


Aleen Maar Nette Mensen

Posted in News in October 2012

Alleen maar nette mensen

The movie 'Alleen maar nette mensen' managed to attract over 100.000 visitors since the release on Thursday the 11th of October! This is why the Dutch Film Festival and the Dutch Film Foundation gave a Golden Film status to this feature film directed by Lodewijk Crijns. The movie is based on the homonymous book written by Robert Vuijsje. The story is about David Samuels, member of an intellectual Jewisch family from Amsterdam. Two things control his life; he looks like a Maroccan guy and he is attracted to fullsize Surinamese woman. The lead parts are played by Géza Weisz en Imanuelle Grives. The team at AVP was happy to be a part of the process. They took care of the conform, grading, VFX and DCP.


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Brammetje Baas

Posted in News in October 2012

Brammetje Baas

During the summer over 100.000 visitors have seen the movie 'Brammetje Baas'. Lead actor Katja Herbers en director Anna van der Heide surprised the young actor Coen van Overdam at the end of a regular day at school with the good news (the Golden Film status). The energetic boy Brammetje is 7 years old and is very talented. He can read AVI 2, he plays drum on a table and is able to jump higher than his dad on the trampoline. There is only one thing he is not able to do... Sit still! This ageless feature film was release on the 24th of June in EYE Film Istitute Amsterdam. The conform, grading and DCP was done at AVP.


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Little Black Spiders

Posted in News in October 2012

Little Black Spiders

Patrice Toye’s latest feature Little Black Spider, a story about the beauty and strength of unexpected friendships, kicked of its release in theatres with more than 10.000 visitors in one weekend. This placed the film in the box office top 3 in most of Flanders. Little Black Spiders had its world premiere at the 36th World Film Festival in Montréal earlier this year. After its successful Belgian release, the film opened in Dutch theaters on the 11th of October. The week before, Toye’s third feature had already received a warm welcome in the Netherlands when it closed the Dutch Film Festival. The datascanning, grading and DCP was done at AVP.


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Koning van Katoren

Posted in News in May 2012

Koning van Katoren

The shooting period of 'Koning van Katoren' (To Be King), the screen adaptation of a book by Jan Terlouw, has begun. The director Ben Sombogaart (De Storm, Kruistocht in Spijkerbroek and De Tweeling) and lead actors Mingus Dagelet and Abbey Hoes have traveled to Italy to take part in the shoot. The film tells the story of 17 year old Stach (Dagelet) who has to fulfill difficult quests to become the king of the fictional country of Katoren. He is being assisted by Kim (Hoes). HecticElectric has been brought on board to provide lots of various visual effects sequences for the feature. The grading of the feature will be done at Hectic as well. The movie opens in theaters on December 5th 2012.


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Bavaria commercial wins Awards

Posted in News in December 2011

Hugh Hefner

The Bavaria campaign continues to receive accolades and acclaim, with the Hugh Heffner spot winning a silver Epica, and a Bronze award at Eurobest. Bavaria is the second biggest brewery in Holland, and impressively been family owned and operated for the last 284 years. Reflecting that wholesome feeling, Heffner (normally living the Mans Dream), seeks a moment away from the Mansions bouncy, cocktail world, and enjoys a beer with his buddies. Working with our friends at Bonkers, we were embedded in the whole process, from on-set supervising in Los Angeles, all the way through 3D and Flame to grading.


Sonny Boy selected to open the Stony Brook Film Festival

Posted in News in May 2011

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The Dutch film Sonny Boy is selected to open the 16th Stony Brook Film Festival on the 21st of July. This has been published by Shooting Star, the production company behind the movie. HecticElectric and AVP are responsible for the post production and special effects of this successful film.

Stony Brook Festival wants to expose the American audiences to non-English spoken films. Sonny Boy, directed by Maria Peters, is based on the bestseller by Annejet van der Zijl and tells a true love story of a Suriname immigrant (Sergio Hasselbaink) and a white woman (Ricky Koole) in the 1920s and the 1930s.

The film has attracted more than 400.000 viewers to the Dutch cinemas. Sonny Boy has been selected from 800 submissions from all over the world. (ANP)


TransitMedia - new version

Posted in News in February 2011

Transit Media

HecticElectric and Avp have launched a new version of TransitMedia. We are further developing our digital publishing and archiving tool. The service is now organized as a new business structure called 'TransitMedia'.

At our clients request, we have added some highly useful features. For more detailed information, or a personal demo, please contact AVP on +31 20 347 2828.

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HecticElectric creates Lemsip commercial for Moscow

Posted in News in February 2011

Lempsip

HecticElectric created fantastic visual effects for ActionFilm (Moscow). This challenging script for a Russian Lemsip commercial featured a snow avalanche chasing our cold inflicted hero through a city. Marc Kubbinga was on-set supervisor for the shoot in Kiev, and also supervised an intensive workflow using all the resources across HecticElectric and Carbon, including Autodesk, 3ds Max and Maya, and a myriad of CG effects to reproduce this intense, dramatic natural effect and the Lemsip character animation.


Reconstruction HecticElectric

Posted in News by Joe in February 2011

After the AVP reconstruction, we are now focussing on HecticElectric’s needs. Central to this is the fact that media is now exchanged in digital file formats.

In response HecticEletric will go completely tapeless and reconsiders space and equipment appropriately. The colour correction facility, for example, now has a bigger role within Hectic, and therefore grading will be moved to the former VTR/support room by the end of May.


Dolfje Weerwolfje

Posted in News by Joe in February 2011

Dolfje weerwolfje

HecticElectric is proud to be the VFX partner for the new Dutch feature film: Dolfje Weerwolfje. A beautiful tale that Dutch people know from their childhood, the story centres around a boy who turns into a werewolf on his 7th birthday. A classical story with an uptothe minute approach, HecticElectric is providing full visual effects and DI colour grading, including a full CG werewolf that runs, jumps, and features in a number of closeups. Jan van der Laar is the visual effects supervisor, managing an international team of animators and overseeing the full project. Now in pre-production, with shooting scheduled to start in mid February, the movie is planned to be released in the runup to Christmas 2011.


Hectic Electric Brussels

Posted in News by Joe in February 2011

HE Brussel

Hectic opened new office in Brussels.


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De Storm wins American Award

Posted in News in August 2010

De Storm

The Dutch film De Storm by director Ben Sombogaart has won a prestigious price this weekend on the Stony Brook Filmfestival in New York. This has been reported by the producer Alain De Levita representing NL Film on Monday.


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Richting West

Posted in News by Arjan Eekels in March 2010

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We have been taking on a new project. It's called Richting West, Director is Nicole van Kilsdonk who recently did Sekjoeritie (which aired just last Tuesday) with us. Jeroen de Bruin is DOP. Producer is Keyfilm. Pic will be shot on 35mm2perf, shooting starts next Tuesday. We will do one-light dailies, data scanning en grading in Cinema Scratch. George Balatoni is grading with Jeroen first 3 weeks of July. The film will be released in cinema's by A-Film end of 2010.


ANNIE MG new hit series

Posted in News by Arjan Eekels in January 2010

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The television series ANNIE MG, showing the curious life of the famous Dutch writer Annie M.G. Schmidt, has been an success. Since it started airing beginning of January it reached a enormous amount of people. The first episode broadcasted on January the 3rd reached 933.000 viewers and the second episode broadcasted on January the 10th jumped over that magic number: 1.005.000 viewers. The third episode broadcasted on January the 17th got 699.000 viewers in front of the telly. We did all vfx and color correction work on ANNIE MG.
ANNIE MG can be seen every Sunday 20.10 on Nederland 2.
www.anniemg.nl


Komt Een Vrouw Bij De Dokter

Posted in News by Arjan Eekels in January 2010

Komt een vrouw bij de dokter

The film from Reinout Oerlemans, after the famous book by Kluun, has been seen by 1.000.000 viewers in no time and therefore it received a Diamond Status in short time. Oerlemans' debut is successful on more levels as it scored best openings weekend for a Dutch film ever and made it to Golden status (100.000 viewers) in no more then 2 days. After 10 days the film reached Platinum Status (400.000 viewers).


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Silent Army

Posted in News in October 2009

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The Silent Army is the international edit from Wit Licht, directed by Jean van de Velde. In May 2009 it premiered at the Filmfestival in Cannes. The Silent Army was shown in the category “Un Certain Regard”, whereafter it received a standing ovation from the press. For the international version the director Jean van de Velde decided to remove all the music out of the film and put all flash back scenes in chronological order. Hectic Electric/AVP is proud to have contributed to the postproduction of such a wonderful project. The film was color graded on Scratch by colorist John Thorborg.


De Storm

Posted in News by Marc Kubbinga in September 2009

De Storm

Friday the 11th of september 2009 the film De Storm had its world premiere in Vlissingen. De Storm is the latest film of Ben Sombogaart, which tells about the flood in 1953 in Holland, Zeeland. HecticProjeX, the collaboration between AVP, HecticElectric and HecticParis achieved a tremendous amount of work in a very short notice. A lot of the water shots has been created in full CG. The full opening shot, a shot of more than 30 seconds, has been created in CG. HecticProjeX has developed a special technical pipeline to be able to produce the necessary shots in the amount of time available. A significant part of the compositing is done in Scratch. The interactive way of adding rain, fog and spray on most of the shots in film continuity, was only possible in this online environment. VFX supervisor Raphael Kourilsky was responsible for all visual effects. Colorist Gyorgy Balatoni was responsible for the grading. HecticProjeX and its complete team is proud of the final result. The result is the sum of all efforts of all operators, as well as the people from NL Film.


Letter for the King (Brief voor de Koning)

Posted in News by Maarten in June 2008

HecticProjeX has recently finished work on the movie “Letter for the King”. This movie has been directed by Pieter Verhoef and contains a large number of VFX shots with backgrounds that have completely been generated in 3D and 2D. Several elements have been specially shot for this purpose, in consensus with DOP Jules van de Steenhoven. This project was handled by two VFX supervisors: Jan van de Laar and Raphael Kourilsky. Jan has managed several large movie projects for HecticProjeX. Raphael, known mostly from HecticElectric Paris, has numerous large projects on his name. Together Jan and Raphael headed and formed a team of 14 VFX artists divided over HecticElectric, AVP and HecticElectric Paris. The colour correction of the DI has been done by John Thoborg.



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