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The Perfect Prey

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  • Director
    Theu Boermans
  • Release
    2013
  • Producer
    VARA & IDTV Drama
    Idse Grotenhuis
  • Visual effects supervisor & compositor
    Dennis Kleyn, NVX
  • Vfx producer
    Violette Kleyn
  • Graphic design & typography
    Donald Roos
  • Storyboard & additional concept
    Joscha van Deijk
  • 3D technical director
    Bastiaan Hooimeijer 
  • 3D modelling, animation
    Bastiaan Hooimijer
    Martin Venema
    Marlon Regien
    Harry Arling
  • 3D producer
    Martin Venema
  • Release
    autumn 2013, The Netherlands
  • Running time
    3 x 50 min
  • Format
    shot on Arri Alexa
  • Director of photography
    Theo Bierkens, NSC
  • Editor series
    Sandor Soeteman, NCE
  • Facility
    Filmmore
  • Post production supervisor
    Arjan Eekels 

Based on the bestseller by Jeroen Smit, ‘De Prooi’ ('The Perfect Prey') tells the story of the rise and fall of banker Rijkman Groenink (played by Pierre Bokma in an award winning performance) and the fall of the ABN Amro Bank. Planet X FX took care of the series’ leader.

Rijkman Groenink is on the hunt for a deer in a surreal, limbo-like world, vaguely resembling a dealing room. Because it was production wise impossible to work with a real deer, we choose to create a 3D version of a deer with very specific, graphical style. This abstract context allowed us to create all the actions and shots we needed.

The original concept of the leader was enhanced during storyboarding by introducing a reference to the famous legend of Saint Hubertus. As Hubertus encounters a crucifix between the deers antlers as a warning for his hunt on Good Friday, Groenink in turn witnesses the bank's logo suddenly appearing on one of the big screens behind the animal antlers.

Planet X Title Design worked together with 3D animation studio Happy Ship who created both the 3D deer and dealing room environment and with storyboard artist Joscha van Deijk.

Storyboard and final result comparison

Pierre Bokma as Rijkman Groenink shooting the leader