Kloosterboer Decor commissioned us to produce a film for the Purmerends Museum about the life and work of delftware painter Hendrikus Dekkers. Dekkers worked at the Brantjes & Co. firm in Purmerend in the late 19th century.

The film is part of a new exhibition on the ground floor of the Purmerends Museum. Kloosterboer Decor, in cooperation with designers Jaap Verburg and Kay Kloosterboer, created a historic staging of the Brantjes & Co. pottery factory in Purmerend. Visitors really feel like they are momentarily back in Purmerend around the year 1900, and they get acquainted with Hendrikus Dekkers in his painting studio.

Using historical photos as a reference, we created a virtual painting studio in the style of an old photo. In it, Hendrikus comes to life in and talks about his beautiful Jugendstil pottery and life in Purmerend.

On Sunday, 10 December 2017, the updated presentation was unveiled in style in conjunction with the celebration of the museum's 75th anniversary. The first floor and attic will be upgraded in the near future.

For more information, please visit purmerendsmuseum.nl


The film was produced using various computer graphics techniques. The virtual painting studio was created as a 3-D model based on historical photos from Purmerend and the Porcelyne Fles factory in Delft and then turned into an authentic rendering (see proof of concept animation below).

Next, we filmed the different scenes in a green screen studio in Hilversum under the direction of Janwillem de Kok. During filming, Kloosterboer provided us with beautiful props, including an old-fashioned worktable, bisque porcelain and artist's tools. The original Jugendstil vase, which was painted by Hendrikus Dekkers around 1900, made everything complete.

During post-production, we seamlessly integrated the scenes we filmed with the virtual painting studio. A fitting soundscape makes for the ultimate experience in the exhibition.

The proof of concept animation below provides a step-by-step look at how the authentic painting studio was realised.: