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The Doom of the Van Imhoff

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  • Director
    Kees Schaap, Foeke de Koe
  • Release
  • Producer
    Episode One
    Anja van Oostrum, Joanna de Becker
  • Visual effects supervisor
    Dennis Kleyn, NVX
  • Lead compositing
    Roel Meijering
  • 3D modelling, animation
    Ruben Vroman
    Luc Boeten
  • Ass. compositing
    Timo Drent
    Carmel David 
  • Inhouse VFX coordination
    Violette Kleyn
    Tim Groot

    Title design

    Roel Meijering
  • Release
    December 2017, The Netherlands
  • Running time
    3 x 50 min.
  • D.O.P.
    Dennis Wielaert
  • Editor
    Floor Rodenburg, NCE
  • Grading
    Xandra ter Horst, Loods, Lux & Lumen
  • Music reel/clip 
    Ad van Dongen, Big Orange

Planet X recreated a fully digital CG 'Van Imhoff' ship for the 3-part documentary series 'The Doom of the Van Imhoff' and added numerous details to the historical re-enactments.

'The Doom of the Van Imhoff' deals with a horrible shipping disaster and a mysterious cover-up. In 1942, a ship holding German civilian prisoners is sunk near Sumatra, present-day Indonesia. The Dutch crew saves itself, but leaves the 477 Germans to drown. 65 people survive and take control of the Dutch East Indies island Nias.

Two decades later, in 1965, a VARA journalist wants to broadcast a report about what happened. But the VARA, at the advice of the Dutch government, forbids him to do so. For this series we have been looking for relatives of both perpetrators and victims, and together with them we will reconstruct what really happened.

The trailer for 'The Doom of the Van Imhoff'

Footage shot on the Dutch IJsselmeer was altered by adding a full 3D CG Van Imhoff ship while occasional unwanted objects on the horizon were removed.

From storyboard to final shot.
(Storyboard: Joscha van Deijk)