What did you want to be when you were young?

For a long time I wanted to be a ‘robot builder’. I spent almost all my hours playing with Lego and Knex, which I used to build robots. My other hours were spent drawing cartoons, so at a certain point I really wanted to be an illustrator. Then puberty hit and I was just busy with having fun.

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?

I posted the stuff I made on social media – mostly small stories about my friends doing random stuff. Pretty soon I got a message from a filmmaker asking If I could take over a job from him. It took one week and paid around 50 euros. I was still in school so my only thought was like “Yoooo, I can make money while having fun?! Fuck yeah!”. After this job soon came another and another after that. The whole thing got a bit out of hand. I didn’t feel I fit the corporate environment I had experienced during my internships, so I decided to give a career in filmmaking a go.
After a while I got to a point where I just wanted to make better work and take on bigger projects, and the only way by doing that was by directing myself. So I asked a few people I knew who were also making films to form a crew on-set. After finishing my thesis I was free and I decided to focus on getting projects that I was drawn to, felt close to or that I could make a difference on. I invested my profits into ‘spec work’ that fitted this view. This eventually landed me the jobs I’m working on today.

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.