CV

Sophie Kaars Sijpesteijn

Personal Profile

Animator from the Netherlands, with a background in music and animation. Fluent in English, Spanish, Dutch and French. Eager to gain experience in experimenting with new possibilities of motion graphics, CGI, and interactive media. Currently full-time employed at Bureau Beeldtaal Filmmakers.

Personal Details

Date of birth: 2nd June, 1987
Email: sophiekaars@gmail.com
Nationality: Dutch

Work Experience

Animator and motion graphics designer at Bureau Beeldtaal Filmmakers, April 2017 – present

Internship at Plymptoons.inc, 01 September 2011 – 02 January 2012

Freelance project for Esprit, June – July 2012

Freelance project for Flow Magazine, April 2011

Education

Bournemouth University
3D animation
2015-2016
Skillset diploma

Parsons New School of Design
Design and Technology
2012 – 2014
Master of Fine Arts

Artez Academy of the Arts, Zwolle
Stories and Design: Animation Design
2008 – 2012
Bachelor Design

ArtEZ academy of music, Zwolle
Bachelor in Music: Classic Guitar
2005 – 2008
One preparatory year, and two subsequent years.
Subjects studied: classical guitar, music theory, solfege, directing choirs, music education, music history.

International Baccalaureat, June 2005
(Main subjects: Spanish, History, English, French, Chemistry, Maths, Music.)

International General Certificate of Secondary Education, June 2003

International School of The Hague, 2001 – 2005

Colegio Internacional de Caracas, 1999 – 2001

Gimnasio del Norte de Bogotá, 1996 – 1999

Primary education followed in London and The Hague

Languages

English, Spanish, Dutch, French.

Skills

I work with the following programs: Adobe AfterEffects, Adobe Audition, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Adobe InDesign, Maya, and ZBrush.
I have some familiarity with Cinema 4D, Mari, Nuke, Flash, Toonboom and TV Paint.
I have basic knowledge of HTML, CSS, and two scripting languages: Javascript and Python.
Preferred operating system: MacOSX. But I can work just as well on Windows.
I have followed a course in traditional hand-drawn animation at Central Saint Martins in London, and a course in 3D animation with Cinema 4D at the KABK in The Hague.
My main hobbies are music (guitar, singing and piano), history (particularly the 20th century) and I am fascinated by black and white movies.

Achievements:

I made a project for the Kröller-Müller Museum. It has been on display in the museum’s visitor centre since June 2011.
I made a short commercial for Flow magazine that was shown on their website in April, 2011.
I made a mini documentary about production work for “Cheatin'” at Plymptoons, inc.
I made a promotional video for the implementation of a new registration system for the New School in May 2013.
I made a video in December 2013 about the New School’s latest addition to its campus: the University Center on 14th street. A part of it was shown in a promotional video advertising the New School in January 2014.
Vernieuwing (2016) was shown at the Holland Animation Film Festival for the student competition on March 22, 2017.

Other:

I have lived in five different countries (Nigeria, Colombia, Venezuela, England and the Netherlands) and I have been very interested in the political cultures of these places.

Goal:

I create animated shorts for digital media, making cross-references between current affairs and (art) history. This in combination with sound and music which I produce myself.