Burnout Diary (for stressed out adults)

‘Burnout Diary’ is a half hour-special and social media project about accepting imperfection. The project is currently being adapted from the graphic novel ‘Burnout Dagboek’ by Dutch comic artist Maaike Hartjes and won the 2020 Trickstar Business Award.

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Maaike is an illustrator, lover of tea, and a perfectionist. Her life is fun fun fun, but also busy busy busy. Maaike optimistically pulls through the many long working days and social engagements, thanks to an ‘inner voice’ that she affectionately calls her Little Dictator. But when Maaike gets a full-on panic attack, out of nowhere, her deepest fear becomes reality: she can no longer be perfect… During her year-long burnout that follows, Maaike goes on a personal quest with her Little Dictator, learning to accept that being ‘good enough’ really is good enough.


English title: Burnout Diary
Original title: Burn-out Dagboek
Running time: 30 minutes
Release date: est. 2021
Country: the Netherlands
Technique: 2D computer animation
Target audience: adults
Genre: dramedy
Dialogue: English, Dutch
Category: short film
Status: in development

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Director: Dario van Vree
Producer: Tünde Vollenbroek
Art direction: Maaike Hartjes
Script: Eveline Hagenbeek, Dario van Vree
Script consultant: Jacqueline Epskamp
Story artists: Dario van Vree, Maaike Hartjes, Tünde Vollenbroek
Storyboard: Dario van Vree, Jelle Brunt
Lay-out: Dario van Vree
Animatic: Bouwine Pool, Ylva Ernst, Livia May
Animation: Bouwine Pool
Inbetweens, clean-up, coloring: Ylva Ernst
Compositing: Balder Westein
Scratch voice acting: Anna Eijsbouts, Dario van Vree
Sound design, mix: Firma Helle Willemstein
Special thanks: Jing Yue Zwaan, Iris Frankhuizen, Peter Wassink, Aisha Madu, Daniel Bays, Ken Faier, Go Short, Laurent Crouzeix, Manuela Lumb


Dario van Vree directs animation with an eye for the weird, the incentive and the power of character performance. Previously he directed the short film 'Tabook'.


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