A visualisation of a creative production process. In collaboration with fashion designer Borre Akkersdijk.
An animation where the viewer is being taken by fiction into the creative concept of it's designer.
The animation was the introduction of his fashion show " From the yarn to the show" at the fashion week in Paris.
New Logo presentation for the Dutch political party, Party for the Animals.
Commisioned by studio Thonik for The PvdD
THE BIG STOP-MOTION ANIMATION IMPROVISATION SHOW
For this unique project I teamed-up with all my visitors of the Dutch Design week and created an on going Stop motion animation improvisation. As I animated non-stop, my audience provide me with content, choosing objects from the studio archive.
After 9 days, 1139 animated frames, 20.000 visitors and over 250 participants,
The Big Stop motion Animation Improvisation Show was a great success.
Thank you all!
In this animation you will meet the puppet Walter. Walter is being confronted with reality. An understanding that has a completely different meaning for puppets than for humans. Humans judge things based on their experiences. Walter sees this as short minded, there is more than our senses tell us. But how safe is it for humans if fiction becomes reality? In this story Walter discovers his own reality. He realizes that he has been created and animated by humans. Walter is starting to doubt his whole existence. But he is told that his existence is about a cooperation between man and puppet and that they need each other to meet in the imaginary world.
Walter has to accept that he’s being animated by a higher power. But this higher power has to make sure that Walter leads a happy and pleasant life.
“It seems to me it doesn’t really matter whether one works hard or stumbles one’s way through life. Somehow, the result of any lifestyle is equal to any other.
While one falls down, another works hard to get higher, but there are always these forces that keep everybody more or less at the same level.”
- Maarten Baas -
in Collaboration with:
Innofa Stretch Textiles
A work set for stop motion animations
The Motion Cabinet is a practical and mobile stage, especially designed for stop motion animations.
The Motion Cabinet is mobile and easy to use which makes it ideal for workshops and training on location concerning stop motion animation. The Motion Cabinet brings a craft into the 21 century.
The cabinet is a modular system that creates the freedom that is necessary to realise a creative concept.
All the tools that are used on a stop motion set are integrated in the cabinet.
The Motion Cabinet makes it possible to learn camera movements, lighting positions, chroma keying, rigging, timing and placing in stop motion animation.
De wereld draait door
OCT'18 On monday 22 October i will be visiting the TV studio of the - Wereld draait door- to talk about the one of the biggest soccer heroes, No14, Johan Cruijff and the animation I made about him.
Stop motion Gallery during the Dutch Design Week 2018
OCT'18 The animation studio this year has transformed into a gallery that's all about wonder and imagination.
New autonomous projects will experience their debut here. Limited miniatures and prints can be viewed and / or purchased here.
Next to this new gallery experience, the most recent stop motion projects will be showcased and the result of last years 'Big stop motion animation improvisation show' will be presented.
Curious? Please drop by for a visit.
The studio is open every day during the DDW from 12h-21h and is located at building 8-40 at Sectie C
The Uncanny String at Van Eyck in Maastricht
JUN'18 The artists taking part in The Uncanny String use dolls in their work to address social, political and cultural themes. As simulants of humankind, they have an expressive quality that has traditionally served to confront us with the reality that we have constructed for ourselves. The doll holds up a mirror to us, interrogates the dominant powers and comments on current affairs.
This exhibition explores the many aspects of dolls and their potentials. They appear in different guises ranging from the lifelike to the grotesque. They may be painted or sculptural, may figure in stop-motion animations or virtual reality. Uncanny, yet familiar.
Alice Creischer, Pieke Dassen, Jos De Gruyter & Harald Thys, N.S. Harsha, Niels Hoebers, Joonas Hyvönen, Marie-Claire Krell, Taus Makhacheva, Rasmus Nilausen, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Wouter van Riessen, Thomas Schütte, Marta Volkova & Slava Shevelenko, Sepideh Zamani
29 June – 24 August 2018
Mon – Fri, 9:00 – 17:00
Closed 16 July – 5 August
JUN'18 Playgrounds presents its new Next talents: Niels Hoebers, Loek Vugs and Marleine van der Werf.
Next is a talent development programme initiated by Playgrounds. Playgrounds showcases and celebrates the creative image. We organise inspiring events, artist talks, expo’s, workshops and masterclasses throughout the year in several cities. Imagine Everything. The best and brightest artists and animators, extraordinary filmmakers, game, sound and graphic designers.
21 JUNE TILL 15 JULY
APR'18 I had the pleasure to set up a exhibition of my work at -The Box-
A great initiative from the Lynfabrikken in Aarhus Denmark.
Go see it until the end of July, it runs 24/7!
Vestergade 62, Aarhus Denmark
APR'18 I'm proud to announce that i have been awarded with the Playground Next award.
This means that I will be part of a tailor-made program that will support my studio in achieving new future goals. And in realizing new projects.
Tussen Kunst & Design, Interview met Eigen huis & interieur
MAR'18 An interview with me and the things that drive, facinate and inspirere me.
For the Dutch magazine EH&I No2.
Thanks Marianne & Kaatje for this nice portrait.
DEC'17 Celebrating Transition Day!
After the 6th of December our St. Nicolas will go back to Spain and will make room for Santa clause...7 Dec Transition Day!!
Specially for our Dutch and Belgian friends!
Dutch Design Week 2017
During the DDW the NEW studio of Niels Hoebers will open it's doors for a big Improvisation Stop motion Animation show.
He will team-up with all his visitors of the DDW and will create an on going animation during these days. As he animates non-stop, you will provide him with content, choosing objects and more from the studio archive.
The stop motion animation studio of Niels Hoebers featuring works that is using real physical materials, texture, lights and colors, creating lively stop motion animation films with a clear signature.
Collaborations with other artists is an essential part of the studio existence and finds it one of the most inspiring and satisfying parts of his work.
So let’s make this DDW the BIGGEST COLLABORATION EVER !!!
APR'17 Saturday morning 15 of April I will be at the ZAPP live studio to tell more about how to make a stop motion animation. I will make a special Easter-egg-animation. See it live at 9.45-10.45 at NPO3
FEB'17 The animation CLAY 2056 is officially taken up into the collection of the Groninger museum. And now on display at the exhibition Hide & Seek from Maarten Baas.
Playing until the 24 of September 2017
MAY'16 Sla de agenda’s maar open; dinsdag 31 mei presenteren La Bolleur en SSBA Salon voor de vijfde keer DRINKS, een talkshow over design. Laat alles uit je handen vallen en schuif aan in de Stadsschouwburg voor een grondige designupdate.
In deze vijfde editie draait alles om schaal. Met speelgoed van Floris Hovers en meubels van Bertjan Pot. We duiken in de wereld van We Make Carpets en kijken animaties van Niels Hoebers. Uiteraard schuiven Julien Rademaker en Jaap Biemans(Coverjunkie) aan als vaste gasten.
Het BOYS BIER staat al koud, dus tot snel in de SSBA Salon!
Datum: Dinsdag 31 mei
Locatie: De SSBA Salon (Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam)
Entree: € 5,00
JAN'16 Very excited to start working on a leader for a series of children's horror/thrillers for the VPRO. Shivers, goosebumps and youth sentiment!!
In Collaboration with Michiel ten Horn and Pupkin Film.
DEC'14 To honor the forgotten days between Christmas and New Year, A Very Merry In Between!! And a inspiring and lovable new year!
Dutch Design Awards in Seoul
NOV'14 From 3 – 10 November the best of Dutch Design was on display in Seoul at 동대문디자인플라자 (Dongdaemun Design Plaza, DDP) featuring the finalists of the Dutch Design Awards. King Willem-Alexander opened the exhibition on November 3, 2014.
Featured DDA finalists: Rogier Klomp, VANMOOF; Studio Minale-Maeda; Benthem Crouwel Architekten, MVSA Meyer and Van Schooten Architecten and West 8; DUS architects; Viktor&Rolf; Lernert & Sander; Aziz Bekkaoui; Marijn van Oosten; Dave Hakkens; Sander Wassink; Lemz; Philips Design; Next Nature; Liselore Frowijn; and Niels Hoebers.
Dutch Design Awards Expo
OCT'14 During the Dutch Design Week I will be exhibiting 3 installations and 3 animations at the Dutch Design Awards Expo.
At Strijp T, TAB building.
Achtseweg Zuid 151
18-26 Oct. every day from 11.00-18.00h
Our new studio doors are open!
OCT'14 During the Dutch Design Week our new studio doors are open. The latest Stop motion animations and graphic collaborations from Exquisite corpse.
Hope to see you there! At Sectie C, HAL H.
From 18- 26 Oct.
Finalist Young Designer Award 2014
SEPT'14 I'm happy to announce that I have been selected as a finalist for the Young Designer Award 2014.
Thank you Tessa Blokland for nominating me! The Award show will be held on the 18 of October during the Dutch Design Week.
OCT'13 The interior of the Steentjeskerk will function as a context for the group exhibition 'Paradise Reset' Created and curated by Victor Sonna. Visitors are invited to walk through a forest of installations in which a variety of contemporary artists, designers and image makers present their autonomous projects.A creative generation that aims to let visitors experience that resetting our mental modems can lead to new ethics and aesthetics. Ranging from recontextualizing familiar objects and materials by Victor Sonna to reanimating stopmotion films by Niels Hoebers, redefining collaborations by Jules van den Langenberg, refabricating textile ByBorre, reshaping matter by Sander Wassink, reexperience earth by Harm Rensink, redrawing collaborations by Emiel Arts and reimagine organisms by Nacho Carbonell.
St Anthoniusstraat 5-7
5616 RT Eindhoven
Open During Dutch Design Week from 19-27 Oct. From 9H-24H
The First Cycle at Centre Pompidou
OCT'13 The First Cycle will been shown at ASVOFF 6th Edition
October 11, 12, 13th, 2013 CENTRE POMPIDOU, PARIS. The 1st International Fashion Film Festival by Diane Perne
OCT'13 starting on a new animation for the VU University in Amsterdam.
Profesor Toby Kiers research is focused on how cooperation between organisms evolve and how individuals get punished if they fail to cooperate.
APR'13 Revealing the latest stop motion animation "Hyperion"
made for Paul Heijnen.
together with "Rapture" for Nacho Carbonell. And Walter, a dialogue with the imagination.
Presented at Rossana Orlandi.
- MUSEO BAGATTI VALSECCHI 2.0 -
Via Del Gesù 4 Milano.
Open from 9th April till 14th April.
From 10.30 till 20.30.
NOV'12 Lidewij, congratulations with winning the 2012 Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Price!
Pop-up generation at Mudac, Lausanne
NOV'12 22 November 2012 - 3 march 2013 at mudac, Lausanne, Switzerland
Walter and the Motion cabinet.
Conceived by trend forecaster and curator Lidewij Edelkoort and upcoming at the mudac, the exhibition Pop-Up. Design between dimensions addresses the changes that the 21st century is undergoing, as revealed in the emergence of temporary, mobile and recyclable practices - be it in art, design and/or society.
FEB'12 Walter, a dialogue with the imagination will be shown on 5 different locations in Venice, Italy. At the international artExpo, hidden & forbidden identities.
Starting on 11 of februari till 21 of februari.
SEPT'10 Nominated for the shortlist of Guggenheim's Youtube PLAY
JUNE '10 Graduated Cum-laude at the Design Academy Eindhoven.
With the animation Walter, a dialogue with the imagination and the Motion cabinet.
Born in 1981, Horst, the Netherlands.
Studied at the Design Academy Eindhoven, Where he Graduated in 2010 Cum laude with the stop motion animation Walter, a dialogue with the imagination.
Directly after graduation he started his Stop motion animation Studio based in Eindhoven where he produces complete stop motion production from concept to final edit .
Niels Hoebers' work characterizes it's selves by the wide variety of different materials he uses in his animations. The love and knowledge for these materials and their unique qualities ensure that the animations feel magical real. The creativity on with which he approach each and every project creates an unique alienation between reality and fiction.
The animations are executed in high-resolution, up to 6K, and is therefore important that every detail, as in texture, form, light and composition deserves it's focus.
Hoebers background as a designer plays a major role in this.
His empathic character ensures that he quickly understand a customer and can work according to their wishes.
And through his years of experience he knows how to manage time, labour and quality in a project to be as efficient as possible.
Do not hesitate to contact if you have questions.
And for internships, please send your motivation, portfolio and resume to,
NL +31 (0)629574483
Is stop motion time consuming? Yes and no, depending on how you plan you project you can save a lot of time. Puppet animation, these movements are complex and therefore time consuming. About 4 sec. of animation a day.
Product or abstract animation can go quite fast, there is often more freedom and flexibility. About 5-10 sec. of animation a day.
Is stop motion expensive? This depends on how creative someone is...I'm very creative ;) and the size of the project.
i have a good eye for cheap solutions that can work very effectively.
And a good plan/preparation is crucial! The animation fase should go smoothly without obstacles.
Yesterday i shot a 10 sec, animation with an chocolate chicken including rig-removal and audio all in one day. But some projects can take up to 3 months...all depending on the complexity of the project.
Why should i choose for Stop motion and not for CGI (computer animation). Some people prefer the crafts and effort that goes into an handmade animation, just like someone prefers an oil painting above the couch instead of a print.
Stop motion is timeless, because you see the reality of an object, and not a computer generated image. You feel the realness in the small imperfections, this makes it human and recognizable. And makes it less sterile then CGI sometimes is.
Good CGI is amazing! They can achieve a lot nowadays, but it can also be even more expensive than stop motion...
How much does a stop motion cost. You have cheap animation starting at 500,- and expensive animation up to 50.000,- and more...
It's all depending on the complexity of an animation, do i have to build an entire landscape or just a plain background. One moving part or 20 moving parts. 15 seconds or 5 minutes... 1 prop or 100 props.
together with the client i try to go to the essence of the animation, what needs to be communicated, and what kind of appearance should it have. Together with their budget i make a custom concept.
Time and budget are my only boundaries.
How do you work? I start with a small scenario, to see if the client can relate tot the story concept.
I will translate this into a storyboard, with some concept sketches and moodboards.
for some project the will be an animatic (moving storyboard) when some things have to be carefully timed. When the storyboard / animatic is approved, this will be locked.
And i will start building the props and sets.
There will be a close communication between me and the client on the process all the time.
When the set and props are done, it's staging time. After setting up lights and camera the animation can start.
When done animating, editing will start. this contains, timing, rig removal, colour correction, audio effects, music composition. Till the final rendering.
Most of the client will receive a free making of time lapse animation and some special renderings for social media etc.