The Efteling has a special place in the hearts and minds of the people who have visited the park throughout their lives. Everyone has their own personal memories tied to the park and its rides. This is something beautiful, but also poses a challenge: how do we create a visual journey that invokes these memories, but doesn’t completely overrule them? We wanted the visuals to leave a lot of room for the audience’s own imagination and their own nostalgic memories.
Inspired by Indonesian Shadow Plays and the incredible silhouette films of Lotte Reiniger, we decided upon creating a visual language for our film: a journey of shadows and silhouettes.