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Proces page  Nat Land  

Proces page  Nat Land  

Proces page  Nat Land  

Proces page  Nat Land  

The first phase

The first phase started by making models.

The Netherlands in the future did play a big roll. However I approach the topic still quite loosely. I didn’t focused on the research yet. So it’s safe to say that at this point it was more about amphibian living in general.  

The second phase

The second phase started by an in-depth research into climate adaptation in the Netherlands.

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During the research I realized that it is a story specific to the Netherlands that we need. It should be a story based in reality and research yet it does not have to be very realistic. Secondly the story should not be too dystopian. Instead I wanted to tell an optimistic and funny story but it should not become overly utopian either.

started animation

Test animations


Making a puppet

So far the animation looked a bit rough around the edges, still there was enough progress so I decided to continue on the animation route.

I wasn’t happy with all the animation so far. The animated folding mechanism which you can see in the process video (it was supposed to become a table) didn’t work that well. It was very unclear how it was related to the theme of the future of the Netherlands. 

I decided that instead of moving furniture it is a puppet that I needed. A character which will play the role of the Dutch person from the future. So I started making my stop motion puppet


This was about the point where I started storyboarding.

Although many details changed including for the format, presentation and sometimes whole scenes got inserted or scrapped. The rough idea what animation should include and look like remained the same from this point onward.  




With the story more Les figured out I decided that I also would like to make physical work alongside the motion animated film.

In one of my models I made a wall which became more beautiful when it got wet. A wall that becomes more beautiful when it gets wet was one of the physical objects that I wanted to make in one-to-one scale up. I played around with tiles and wallpaper. In the end settled on wallpaper.  



Collaborating with water in designing a tile



After struggling with the tiles for a while without success I decided to take a step back and the visit The wallpaper ideas


Real size stilts

The second object I decided to build where the stilts.

This means making wooden stilts from about 6 meter hi. It is all about storytelling so this means that if I would make the stelts it needs to be in the Ride way and from the right Wood from the right place.

I decided on ash wood. It is traditionally used for making ladders and broom handles. It is very strong. The only downside is that it discolors when it becomes wet. However I saw this quality only as an opportunity for weathering Techniques later on.

Wood work


making the Final sets

and animations

Making one frame of animation


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Adapting to climate change can also be exciting and will trigger new, progressive ideas..

The Netherlands is facing big challenges due to climate change. One of the more nature-centered and exciting solutions to these problems would be to allow more water in Dutch landscapes. However, this is in direct conflict with the dutch narrative concerning water. The Dutch have been fighting water for as long as the Netherlands existed. In fact, fighting water became quite a big part of the Dutch national identity. Within Dutch culture sayings like “God created the earth except for the Netherlands it’s made by the Dutch” are not uncommon. However shifting towards Living with, in and around water will also be a good thing. ‘Nat Land’ tries to shift from climate anxiety to enthusiasm towards the future, by using humor and light provocation