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Hi, my name is Marlyn Spaaij. As a director, writer and storyboard artist I aim to tell stories that can move and transport audiences everywhere.

I play the guitar, write songs and I recently bought a banjo. Also: I have a cat, her name is Piep (or Squeek). I grew up with my sisters in the rural east of the Netherlands, in a region bordering on Germany called Twente.

Ever since I was little I've had a fascination with nature, folklore and music. Forests are my favorite places to be although I somehow I ended up living in the hectic city center of The Hague.

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phone: (+31) 06 - 12200773
email: m.spaaij@gmail.com
adress: The Hague , Netherlands

Resumé

Filmography

Trouble in Mind

in production

Duration: 11 min Country: NL Director: Marlyn Spaaij Author: Marlyn Spaaij Producer: Jantiene de Kroon

Wrote and directs the 2D short film Trouble in Mind. Got selected for European Short Pitch 2016 and won best pitch. Recieved development and production funding from the Netherlands Film Fund.

Sisterhood of the Meadow

in development

Duration: 80 min Country: NL Director: Marlyn Spaaij Author: Marlyn Spaaij & Eveline Haagenbeek Producer: Studio Pupil / Lemming Film

Writes and directs 3D feature film Sisterhood of the Meadow. Got selected for Cartoon Movie 2019 and Cartoon Springboard 2017 and received treatment funding from the Netherlands Film Fund. A graphic novel of the film will be published through Nobrow mid 2022.

Benjamin Bat

in development

Duration: 80 min Country: NL Director: Patrick Raats Author: Karen van Holst Pellekaan Producer: Storytellers / ilLuster

Storyboard artist on the 2D feature film Benjamin Bat. The project was selected for Cartoon Movie 2019.

Camouflage

in production

Duration: 19 min Country: NL/BE Director: Remco Polman Author: Remco Polman & Jantiene de Kroon Producer: Mooves

Animated on the 2D dystopic short thriller Camouflage.

Dr Panda

2017

Duration: 26x 7min Country: NL/UK/CH Director: Patrick Chin Author: Daan Velsink Producer:

Storyboard artist on the international 3D- series Dr Panda, based on the famous Chinese game IP.

Wellie Wishers

2016 - 2017

Duration: 26x 11min Country: NL/US/UK Director: Bouwine Pool & Wip Vernooij & Anneke de Graaf & Dario van Vree Author: Various Producer: Submarine

Storyboard supervisor on the American 2D- series Wellie Wichers. Commissioned by HIT entertainment, Mattel and American Girl.

Woozle and Pip, in Search of the Scallywagger

2015

Duration: 90 min Country: NL Director: Patrick Raats Author: Arnoud Rijken & Michiel Snijders Producer: IlLuster

Storyboard artist on the 2D feature film Woozle and Pip, in Search of the Scallywagger.

Cobain: Montage of Heck

2014

Duration: 145 min Country: US/NL Director: Brett Morgen & Hisko Hulsing Author: Brett Morgen Producer: HBO

Animated on the documentary Cobain: Montage of Heck. The film premiered at Sundance 2015 and was nominated for "Best Animated Special Production" at the 43e edition of the Annie Awards.

Tripple Trouble

2013-2014

Duration: 90 min Country: NL Director: Albert 't Hooft & Paco Vink Author: Arnoud Rijken & Michiel Snijders Producer: ilLuster

Animated on the 2D feature Tripple Trouble. The film premiered at the Dutch Film Festival in 2014.

Stupid Monkey

2012

Duration: 3 min Country: NL Director: Marlyn Spaaij Author: Marlyn Spaaij Producer:

Wrote, directed and animated the 2D short film Stupid Monkey. The short was screened at Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film, Klik! Amsterdam Animation Festival, Go Short and Shortcutz.

Side-activities

Exposition Futuropolis

2018

Participated in the art comic-project 'Futuropolis' at Wgkunst with comic artists Maaike Hartjes, Hein de Kort and Wasco.

Member of the board

2018 - 2020

Member of the board at DAMD, the Dutch guild for animators.

Member of the board

2019 – 2020

Member of the board at Kunstenbond, the Dutch art union.

Teaching

2014 – present

Guest teacher at St. Joost academy and HKU (Utrecht School of Arts).

Education

Trainings

2016 - present

Participated in European Short Pitch 2016, won best pitch, Participated in Cartoon Springboard 2017 and Cartoon Movie 2019.

St. Joost Academy Breda

2011 - 2012

Earned an MA in Animation, cum laude. Made the film ‘Stupid Monkey’ wrote thesis ‘Why Do I Laugh When You Get Hurt.’ Which was presented at the symposium 'There Will Be (animated) Blood' at Klik! Amsterdam 2012.

The Open University

2009 - 2010

Earned an MA in Animation, cum laude. Wrote thesis ‘Psychological Knowledge as a Motivational Base for Acting in Animation.'

HKU (Utrecht School of the Arts)

2006 - 2010

Earned an BA in Animation, cum laude. Curated the symposium ‘Animating Science, Visualizing Content ́ for Klik! Amsterdam Animation Festival 2010 wrote the publication 'Simply Communicating Complexity.’

m.spaaij@gmail.com

(+31) 06 - 12 200 773

Director, writer, storyboard artist & animator.

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Feature films

Sisters of the Meadow

in development

‘Sisters of the Meadow’ is an exciting folklore-inspired, girl-led adventure about growing up and growing apart.

Kyra (9) and her sisters Margot (12) and Janna (5) return to their grandma’s farm for the summer. Kyra looks forward to spending lots of time with her older sister Margot, catching frogs and playing silly games in the mysterious woods, like they always do. But this year turns out to be different. Margot starts distancing herself from her younger sisters, and Kyra soon discovers why: mythical creatures of the mist, called ‘White Wenches’, are luring Margot into the woods to transform her into one of them; a young woman.

Credits

Director: Marlyn Spaaij
Producer: Tünde Vollenbroek
Script: Marlyn Spaaij, Eveline Hagenbeek
Script consultant: Ernie Tee
Concept art: Marlyn Spaaij, Lois van Baarle (Loish)
Film production company: Lemming Film
Co-producer: Knudsen Pictures
Book publisher: Nobrow

Info

English title: Sisters of the Meadow
Original title: De Wichter Cirkel
Running time: 80 minutes
Release date: TBC (film), 2022 (graphic novel)
Country: the Netherlands
Technique: stylized CG (film), 2D computer (graphic novel)
Target audience: kids 6-12
Genre: coming-of-age
Status: in development

Process

Sisters of the Meadow is a 3D feature film I´ve been working on with Tünde Vollenbroek as creative producer. We have a great team working on this: Eveline Hagenbeek as co-writer, Ernie Tee as script coach and recently Lemming Film has jumped on board as the main producers.

The project got selected for Cartoon Movie 2019 and Cartoon Springboard 2017. And we're currently developing a graphic novel series with Nobrow. The film has received development funding from the Netherlands Film Fund.