Daniel Wesseik


Graduated in Animation in 2016

Education and work experience

In my work I combine motifs of fantasy and surrealism. I enjoy creating worlds and characters that range from black & white and abundant in detail and texture, to colourful, flat and iconic.

During the master programme I sharpened my illustration and 2D animation skills and continued my search for an identifiable visual signature that conveys a clear message in the best way. I also acquired skills in managing projects on a larger scale through collaborating with fellow students and colleagues. I equally enjoy working independently and as a team on diverse projects that always require a unique and specific approach.

Before starting the master’s programme at AKV|St.Joost, I graduated from a 4-year programme at the Department of Interactive Media at the Avni Institute of Art and Design in Tel Aviv, with a focus on Animation. Throughout the recent years I’ve participated in several group exhibitions and done commissioned work for various clients.

Research question

Storytelling structure in short, surrealistic animated films. In my research I explored how the classic structure of a story fits into five different study cases. I chose to use Joseph Campbell's storytelling methods and the following study cases:

  • Darkness, Light, Darkness by Jan Svankmajer
  • The Monk and the Fish by Michael Dudok de Wit
  • Please Say Something by David OReilly
  • Belly by Julia Pott
  • Morning Without Coffee by my classmate Jelle van Meerendonk

The research aligned with my own quest for a story for the short film I had worked on as the graduation project, and was used as a tool to reflect upon my own process.