What did you want to be when you were young?
What sparked your interest in filmmaking?
After high-school I studied marketing. I had an assignment where I had to make a ‘spec commercial’ on a self-chosen subject. Mine was about how ‘fruit is healthy so you should eat it more’. Of course it was crap. I shot it on the first camera I could find, edited it in Windows Moviemaker and it was super corny. But I loved every bit of the process and the diversity it offered. At the time filming with DSLR’s was booming, so I bought a Canon 550d, shot some random stuff and messed around with the footage in a bootleg version of Premiere. I taught myself some tricks of the trade by trial and error, watching Youtube tutorials and reading books.
How did you go about 'becoming' a director?
How would you describe your work?
Coool and fun, haha. Nah, I don’t know. I try to not give it too much thought and rather focus on enjoying the process and doing what feels right for each specific project. It’s instinctive.
You have a cool, urban aesthetic - where does this come from?
Haha, thanks. When I was around 15 years old I was heavily into hip-hop because of it’s rebellious mentality and character. At that time I’d spend evenings hanging on street benches, visiting underground raves, sometimes up to no-good. I also took a lot of art and punk influence from my dad. I guess this mix brought me to the visual preferences I have today.
What kind of projects would you like to do next?
At this point I’m really enjoying the diversity of the projects I’m working on – commercial, music video, documentary, and anything in between. I get to experiment, learn something new and step out of my comfort zone with each project, which feels like a big blessing. In the future I would love to do a project that’s strongly intertwined with sociology or anthropology. Something about us as humans – big or small.
What do you think coming trends in filmmaking and editing are going to be for 2019?
To be fair I’m not really busy with trends, so I wouldn’t know. The industry has become so open and the developments are evolving at such a fast pace – it’s always changing. The work is coming from so many different voices, from different backgrounds – everything is influenced by so many different mediums. It’s an exciting time to be creating, anything can happen.
Finally, what's your favourite film of all time?
Oeff, that’s a hard one and impossible to answer. I don’t have one favourite. If I think of the film that I’ve seen the most and had the biggest impact on me, I would say “Samsara” from Ron Fricke. It causes you to question your place in the world, what impact you have and how you can contribute to making the world a better place. In my opinion that’s the highest goal you can achieve with films, or with anything at all.