A Life in Stop Motion: A Journey From Benefits to Award-Winning Young Filmmaker

December 7, 2014
Huffington Post

A tale of existential questioning captured in the medium of stop motion, Hendrikus De Vaan’s short 4-minute film “Disappear”, single-handedly made while on benefit checks, has received acclaim at film festivals the world over. From Danny Boyle to Booker-Prize winning author DBC Pierre, 25-year-old De Vaan’s labor of love has sparked attention in the art world, pushing the young filmmaker into the limelight.

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Being passionate about films all his life, Hendrikus, known to most as “Harrie”, spent most of his childhood with a camera in hand. Growing up on dairy farms in New Zealand and being a high school drop out at the age of 16, life was never quite normal for Harrie, who worked a series of minimum wage jobs before studying make-up and special effects artistry before taking a 3-month course in Applied Film and Television Production at the New Zealand Film Academy, as well as studying at New Zealand Film and Television School…

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