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Charming animated film by director and animator Lenka Ivančíková, telling the story of a little hedgehog facing the pitfalls of the coming winter... Year 2015


  • Film Academy
    of Miroslav Ondricek
    in Pisek


  • Lenka Ivančíková

  • Dita Knotová

  • Jan Brukner
    3D Matte painter
    Digital / VFX Artist

What I Did

  • Environment design

  • 3D Matte painting / VFX

  • Photography


Magically animated
classic puppet movie
by Lenka Ivančíková

Magical charming animated film telling the story of a little hedgehog facing the pitfalls of the coming winter. Puppet animation for young and old. Collaboration on the creation of several environments.


As part of the film, I was approached by producer and production coordinator Dita Knotova to help complete several panoramic shots. I was excited by the very concept of a classic animated film set in a forest environment and the poetics of the narrative. Here Lenka Ivančíková lovingly brought to life a cute hedgehog puppet and a touchingly fragile story from a forest kingdom immersed in the white winter. Lenka's film won the Best Animated Film Award at the 2016 International Student Film Festival in Písek (Czech Republic).


3D Matte painting

So my job was the complete realization of several panoramic shots of one mountain location, which served as the intro scene of the film and the final shot. I used advanced methods of 3D matte painting, digital painting, creative retouching and a database of photographs that I captured in various locations (Jizera Mountains, Austrian Tauern, Alps, Czech forests and clouds photographed from the window of my Prague apartment).

In the video above you can see the workflow as I implemented several environments using 3D Matte Painting and digital painting. (I continuously photographed the sky from the window of my Prague apartment :)

I implemented the environment in three different weather conditions and times of day.

Athmosphere & animation

I animated nature with subtle animation of vegetation and atmosphere. I also added falling snow or animated fogs to change the atmosphere of the scene between day, night and sunny weather. I composed and linked the scenes with the eagle puppet, which was animated by Lenka. The last stage was the final composition, which I realized classically in Fusion. It was a very fast collaboration that I enjoyed. A break from the usual commercial work in the winter woods.

idea maker
visual  artist
creative director

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    Prague / Czech Republic
    Central Europe

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