Director / Animator: Olga van den Brandt
Client: Uitgeverij J.M. Meulenhoff
Book: Laat me niet vallen
'Laat me niet vallen' ('Don't skip out on me') is a is a booktrailer I made for Meulenhoff, based on the book written by Willy Vlautin,
The book is about a guy who grows up on a ranch in America, in the middle of nowhere. He's had a troubled childhood and is obsessed with self-help books. He wants to make something of himself, he wants to be a champion, a professional boxer. He leaves the ranch to find fame in the big city. He leaves behind the two people that mean most to him. A couple that raised him as their own, who are dependent on his help in the ranch. Even though they support him, they can't go on without him.
This was a big theme in the book, the choice between the ranch, and boxing. Between the known world, and big dreams and insecurity. In my film the character has just made his decision. He is ready to leave, he packs his bags, but can he actually do it and leave?