I’m a Dutch cinematographer in love with fairytales
Please contact me for tales you’d like to tell! I love the beauty of creating something that might exist. Like the fairytales Alice in Wonderland, or Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Also tales such as Shutter Island, Inception, The Matrix and Sweeney Todd, where a world is created within the world we know and developed to something more absurd, inspire me and create worlds within me that are bigger than my own reality. Ever since I watched Hugo I imagine creatures are working very hard inside the towers and watches to let time pass. The cinematography on A Christmas Carol keeps inspiring me by the movements of the camera. Movements that seem quiet impossible, though these are possible within the physical world. Lets go for the impossible, because I believe everything we as humans can come up with is possible. I’d love to be the DoP on animations and video games. I like to refer to these type of films in preproduction whether it’s a feature film, series, commercial, fashion film, or a piece of art.
‘If success depends on accurate preparation, failure without that preparation is a fact.’
Most unforced errors can be taken care of with a sustainable preproduction. If all departments know the plans A, B and C, we’ll all be more creative and flexible on set.
The perfect imperfection as I interpret the most beautiful Italian word I’ve ever heard. Recently I refer to sprezzatura a lot to my crew and myself when we’re operating the camera. In most CGI-environments I work in, people ask me to create imperfections, so the movements no longer look computer generated.
Caught by eye
After I read the script and knowing everything the director and producers like to achieve, I start looking at paintings, sketches, pictures, animations, and even games. When I am in a city, or look out of a random window, or when I am in nature, I mostly see colours, contrast and lines more than the objects itself. Sometimes an object immediately catches my eye, because of the colours it reflects. I like to achieve colour depth in every picture. I think all visions are subjective to every story and therefore impressionism is a style I work from. It’s the imagination of the artist that guides the audience through a story or even a single picture. From thereon I might reach some expressionism in my use of colour depending on the script.
Over the years, I specialised in green screen setups. I build a lot of those setups and always kept a close relationship with the postproduction crew. That way I learned from mistakes and assumptions that are made during (pre-) production. Since I’ve done dozens of green screen productions, I know the right setups now, which saves time and money during postproduction.
Please feel free to contact me for feature films, documentaries, drama series, commercials, animations and video games.
• 2017 IMAGO (European Federation of Cinematographers) – inspiration (Amsterdam)
• 2015 ASC (American Society of Cinematographers) Master Class (Los Angeles)
• 2007-2008 Open Studio (camera, light and directing) (Amsterdam)
• 2003-2007 Design Art & Technology (photography, animation and video) (‘s Hertogenbosch)
• 1998-2003 Vrije School de Berkel (IVO MAVO) (Zutphen)
Latest work: Within Temptation – Raise your Banner kind: Music Video production company: Boost+ director: Rogier Hendriks