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Established: 1998

Overview: StormCloud Pictures was founded in June 1998 by Bart Konings and Berry van der Vorst, then still two high school students. In the summer of that year, StormCloud made its first two films, both of them shorts. One of those little projects consisted of 4 commercials, which were made to participate in Dutch tv-show 'Take 2'. Only a few months afterwards, pre-production was commenced on 'Camariggon', an ambitious large scale film, set in a dark medieval world.

As a project on a relatively large scale, the film required fabrication of costumes, location scouting, gathering people and much, much more. A lot of money was spent, let alone the vast amounts of time and energy the project requested. Due to time constraints, StormCloud was forced to start shooting in the Spring of 1999, although still being in pre-production. A few scenes were shot in two consecutive weekends, while the assembling of all the costumes that were needed continued as well.

Then, on a saturday in April 1999, Bart Konings died - completely unexpected - due to a heart attack. In the months following Bart's death - which left a devastating impression on everyone involved - StormCloud was in a state of hibernation. All film activities were frozen for an undefinite amount of time.

It took over a year for the remnants of StormCloud to decide to start again. Bart probably wouldn't have wanted StormCloud to cease existing, and so the company was revived again, dedicating every future film to Bart's name.

In the Fall of 2000, StormCloud produced the short 'Relative Happiness', which gained a lot of positive reactions and was screened at 'Het Gorcums Filmfestival' in November 2001.

In januari 2006, StormCloud was nominated for a Cultural Youth Award, handed out by the province of Limburg (Southern Netherlands).

In total, StormCloud Pictures has collected over 20 awards at 12 international film festivals.

Source: www.stormcloudpictures.com

StormCloud Pictures

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