I am a Dinosaur

"The son of an alcoholic father dreams about receiving the same attention as other kids receive from their fathers. And when his father also ends up breaking his favorit dinosaur toy something finally breaks in the boy."

'I am a Dinosaur' is a short film about childhood neglect and its effects on a child's mind.

  • Iris de Groot
  • Iris de Groot
  • AKV St. Joost
  • Lili Barakat
    Key Cast
  • Luc Leenknegt
    Key Cast
  • Rik Kooijman
    Sound Design
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    I am a Dinosaur
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  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 23, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 EUR
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
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Director Biography - Iris de Groot

I studied Animation and Illustration at Academie Minerva in Groningen (The Netherlands), Animation at KASK in Ghent (Belgium) and now finished a Master of Animation at AKV St. Joost in Breda (The Netherlands).

An additional education in acting, scriptwriting and directing helps me direct human stories in a solid way: through effective storytelling and good acting performance in character animation.

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Director Statement

The world needs stories. It’s how we entertain ourselves, but also how we learn and grow. As a scenarist and 2D character animator I believe in telling a human story: Educational stories, stories about life, stories about society and human experience.

Animation allows for more intimate and creative ways to visualize these stories. Because of my personal history, having raised myself due to a mentally disabled parent, I know why it is important for society to take an interest in others and learn about unfamiliar topics. In 2015 I have written graphic novel ‘Mamma?’ about my experiences. In my work I want to show people another side of life and teach them about new topics to help them grow, which in turn will help the world become a more well-rounded and versatile place.