The biggest part of the film takes place in an area not bigger than two square meter, which gives a huge sense of intimacy.

We want to pull the viewer into the car and let them sit between the two characters, so we over-exaggerate every sound the characters make: sounds you would normally edit out of the soundtrack. Every move and breath is enhanced by foley sounds (reproduction of everyday sounds like cloths, footsteps and squeaky doors). These foley sounds create a bond between the viewer and the characters that intensifies the emotional connection and create an immersive experience.

The car
Another part of the narrative is told by the car. We make it moan, creek, huff and puff. It makes you feel endangered. Will it catch fire? We don’t know. But if it does, that will change the whole situation. This constant feeling of fear brings suspense into the scene.


Short film

Tussentijd is a short film about Pascal who is the first to arrive at a heavy car accident. A fatal occurrence of conditions makes two different persons designated to each other in a very special yet bizarre manner. They are both involved in a situation none of them has chosen for.

Cast: Milan Boele van Hensbroek and Anneke Blok
Director & DoP: Christian van Duuren
Producer: Rob IJpelaar, Wanderlust
Editor & Color grading: Sander van Wijk
Music: Bas Bouma
Sound design & Mix: Elephant Ears
Studio: Studio Bart Jilesen


  • Winner Wildcard fiction film at NFF 2015
  • Best film at the EFF 2015
  • Best actress at the EFF 2015


  • Tuschinski award for best graduation film at the NFF 2015


What we do

Sound design​

We create custom sound design for all kinds of media: from film to animation. We create our own sounds using synthesizers, foley and audio libraries.

Audio post-production

We edit, process and mix all individual sound elements into a well-balanced mix that meets the technical specifications your medium requires.


Whether you’re looking for a custom made track or a stock option: our herd has the best solution for your musical needs.

Voice over

In our studio in Hilversum we have the right tools to record your voice-over.


Elephant Ears is an audio post-production studio with Big Ears for Sound.

Our herd is specialized in sound design, audio post-production and music for films, documentaries, commercials and animation. With ears for detail and a trunk for story we have the ability to design an experience where image and sound bond together and create true immersion.

Sounds good right?

Lars van Leeuwen
Sound Designer

Some of our clients


Want to make use of our Big Ears for sound?
Let’s get in touch!

Lars +31 6 18 76 11 61

Franciscusweg 16
1216 SK, Hilversum