Patrick Schoenmaker just released a new short “The Adventures of Indiana Jones” and it is great! We have been following Patrick’s page with all the concept art and publicity stills and he definitely built up a big following.

Watch it here!

We got in contact with Patrick and asked a few questions for his fans!

The Adventures of Indiana Jones – Screengrab
The Adventures of Indiana Jones – Screengrab

Q.) Why create a Indiana Jones short?
Patrick’s Answer: Basically, I just fell in the love with the movies when I saw them as a kid. The Indiana Jones movies are just the kind of movies that can completely captivate you and forever change you, there’s something really powerful in these films. When Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was announced, I was ecstatic with the idea of finally seeing my all time movie hero again on the big screen. There was a 19 year gap between Last Crusade and Crystal Skull and after the movie premiered, I just wasn’t ready to say goodbye to the character again for another 19 years. And since there were no new movies announced, I just decided to turn my love for the character into a fun side project. I had been doing some animated style licensed illustrations for LucasFilm through Acme Archives, so subconsciously I guess I had already made the first steps. Initially I wanted to focus mainly on getting the designs right and go for a sort of limited animation, but that just didn’t really gel well with the style. So the animation got more and more elaborate as the project took shape.

The Adventures of Indiana Jones
The Adventures of Indiana Jones Size Comparison Chart

Q.) How long did it take you from start to finish?
Patrick’s Answer: I started the project over 5 years ago, but being a freelance artist, I couldn’t afford working full time on it. In the beginning I worked on it mostly between freelance jobs, but it didn’t really go fast enough, plus I was just having too much fun, so I stopped taking jobs from time to time to work on it for a couple of weeks in a row. All in all I think about 8 to 9 months of work went into the project.

The Adventures of Indiana Jones - Concept Art
The Adventures of Indiana Jones – Concept Art

Q.) What processes did you use?
Patrick’s Answer: I wanted to go fully hand drawn as much as possible, or at least I wanted it to have a hand drawn feel. Most of the scenes were animated in TvPaint and composited in After Effects. But I’ve also used Moho a lot, from doing pre-vis to animating side characters and elements. There are a couple of scenes with big camera movements and those scenes were just impossible to do in TvPaint, so I had to learn ToonBoom Harmony in order to get them done. The whole project proved to be a great contribution in my personal development as an artist. You could wonder why you would invest so much time in a project based on someone else’s property. For one, it was just one of the most fun projects I’ve ever done. But also, the bar is already set for you, so you can’t cheat yourself out of it. You’re forced to learn new things and study. To make the project succeed, you have to reach a certain standard, because everybody knows the material you’re referring to. I thought it was a very fun journey, trying to figure out a style that hopefully pleases the fans of the films and translating the feeling of the Indiana Jones universe to animation.

The Adventures of Indiana Jones - Screengrab
The Adventures of Indiana Jones – Screengrab

Q.) Do you plan to make more Indiana Jones shorts?
Patrick’s Answer: As much as I would love to, I’m afraid this is it for now. Doing these things in your spare time is just really hard and my life has changed as well over the past couple of years. Two years ago, our son was born and I like to step out of the shadowy realms of my studio and into the daylight from time to time, play some ball with my family.

The Adventures of Indiana Jones - Background
The Adventures of Indiana Jones – Background

Q.) Tell us little about you and your influences in animation.
Patrick’s Answer: I’ve loved animation for as long as I can remember. My first experience at the cinema was actually going to a re-release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs when I was three years old. But somehow, it took me a long time to realize I wanted to make animated films for a living. I always figured that you become a comic artist if you like drawing funny characters. Probably because there wasn’t an animation industry in the Netherlands, while we did have some famous comic artists. Through the years, I’ve had many artistic influences. I grew up watching Disney films of course, but I also loved reading Asterix, Lucky Luke, books like that. When I grew older I discovered Mike Mignola, Ralph Bakshi, and J. Scott Campbell. As a kid I was always drawn to the darker animated features, like the Rescuers, the Black Cauldron, Land Before Time, Secret of N.I.M.H. I later discovered that many of those were actually done by Don Bluth and his studio. I really love some of Bluth’s films (and I hope he get’s his Dragon’s Lair film made). Last, I have to mention the Batman animated series from Bruce Timm. I don’t think there have been many translations from an established franchise into animation that were handled as well as the Batman Animated series.

The Adventures of Indiana Jones - Layout
The Adventures of Indiana Jones – Layout

If you want to see more concept art check out Patrick’s blog.
http://www.patrickschoenmaker.com/

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Lavalle Lee

Lavalle Lee

Lavalle has been making animated online cartoons since 2001 for his website flashcartoons.org. In 2009 Lavalle started learning from Don Bluth in his hand-drawn animation classes, as well as attending his Masterclasses in Arizona. In 2011 he started this website after seeing most animation sites were about all types of animation, not any specific to classical hand drawn animation. Lavalle also is the host of the popular online series. "The Traditional Animation Show". Lavalle is currently working for Don Bluth Films as a Production Manager and helped champion Dragon's Lair: The Movie Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign.

51 Comments

  1. September 29, 2016 at 2:20 pm — Reply

    Steven

  2. September 29, 2016 at 2:23 pm — Reply

    Quentin Chalaire

  3. September 29, 2016 at 2:29 pm — Reply

    Marion looks like Princess Anna.

  4. September 29, 2016 at 2:33 pm — Reply

    This gives me life O^O I’m learning all that stuff! So inspiring 😀

  5. September 29, 2016 at 2:37 pm — Reply

    Michele Branchi

  6. September 29, 2016 at 2:37 pm — Reply

    It has so cool concept art, model sheets,… It’s just awesome!

  7. September 29, 2016 at 2:37 pm — Reply

    It doesn’t look THAT good…

  8. September 29, 2016 at 2:39 pm — Reply

    Amazing!

  9. September 29, 2016 at 2:39 pm — Reply

    Make the show! Looks awesome.

  10. September 29, 2016 at 2:45 pm — Reply

    Davide Azathoth Sgarbi ❤️

  11. September 29, 2016 at 3:01 pm — Reply

    Can’t watch for feckin music rights

  12. September 29, 2016 at 3:02 pm — Reply

    Constructive magic for generations…

  13. September 29, 2016 at 3:17 pm — Reply

    Awesome! Captured the Indy spirit!

  14. September 29, 2016 at 3:48 pm — Reply

    Lutek <3 <3 <3 !

  15. September 29, 2016 at 4:21 pm — Reply

    Id watch this 100 times over than geriatric Ford doing another one! Brilliant!

  16. September 29, 2016 at 4:33 pm — Reply

    Was expeciting something longer? Either way, i liked it. reminds me of the Iron Giant animation.

  17. September 29, 2016 at 4:39 pm — Reply

    Incredible stuff

  18. September 29, 2016 at 4:40 pm — Reply

    Riccardo Antonio Giuseppe Recchia

  19. September 29, 2016 at 4:57 pm — Reply

    Eric Lankford

  20. September 29, 2016 at 5:03 pm — Reply

    Paul this looks so cool!

  21. September 29, 2016 at 5:03 pm — Reply

    It will be a brilliant as well as awesome entertainment if it becomes the animated movie, loved the short , waiting for more 😀

  22. September 29, 2016 at 5:10 pm — Reply

    Igor Iggy Rodrigues

  23. September 29, 2016 at 5:45 pm — Reply

    olha aí Celbi Pegoraro

  24. September 29, 2016 at 5:47 pm — Reply

    I wish this was a series

  25. September 29, 2016 at 5:53 pm — Reply

    Well done!

  26. September 29, 2016 at 6:23 pm — Reply

    Amazing work! Well done, sir!

  27. September 29, 2016 at 6:35 pm — Reply

    Maycon look at this.

  28. September 29, 2016 at 6:40 pm — Reply

    John

  29. September 29, 2016 at 7:04 pm — Reply

    Natasha Murphy

  30. September 29, 2016 at 7:52 pm — Reply

    Acl Pineda

  31. September 29, 2016 at 7:54 pm — Reply

    Luiz De Oliveira Silva 🙂

  32. September 29, 2016 at 3:58 pm — Reply

    So cool! if you need in-betweeners count me in

  33. September 29, 2016 at 8:31 pm — Reply

    Leonardo me lembrou seu traço

  34. September 29, 2016 at 8:52 pm — Reply

    Well done Sir, well done.

  35. September 29, 2016 at 9:21 pm — Reply

    Nathan Eli Guacamole Jose Angel Renteria

  36. September 29, 2016 at 9:36 pm — Reply

    Cosa linda, cosa bien hecha

  37. September 29, 2016 at 11:43 pm — Reply

    Larry MacDougall Patricia MacDougall

    • September 30, 2016 at 12:03 am — Reply

      Nice !

    • September 30, 2016 at 12:09 am — Reply

      Thanks Tom – I love that Karen Allen design in the still.

    • April 18, 2017 at 10:40 pm — Reply

      No more s***. All posts of this qultiay from now on

  38. September 30, 2016 at 7:47 am — Reply

    G

  39. September 30, 2016 at 9:56 am — Reply

    Why do they always have to make the character design look like a Disney movie ?…..

  40. September 30, 2016 at 3:14 pm — Reply

    Beautifully done!

  41. October 1, 2016 at 12:14 am — Reply

    George Bennett

  42. […] across the web the last few weeks, but I also wanted to share it here. According to an article on Traditionalanimation.com, Schoemaker started this project about 5 years ago, working on it while freelancing. Click the link […]

  43. Michael Powell
    April 9, 2017 at 9:53 pm — Reply

    The animation is very good- Patrick has done an excellent job with the designs, backgrounds, illustrations, effects, etc. The first animated Indiana Jones short is just a start- a few more can get Lucasfilm’s attention and wake up the Disney big wigs. Patrick has worked, very hard on this and it’s high time for all of his hard work to come into fruition with a TV series deal for the animated Indiana Jones. Hell, if we, as fans, have to keep badgering Disney to get Patrick Schoenmaker employment as an animator, so be it- this animated short of Indy needs to pay off for him and we, as fans, aren’t going to allow his efforts to go to waste.

  44. May 16, 2017 at 3:38 am — Reply

    I feel satisfied after finding this one. Animated Gifs

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