I’m a Dutch cinematographer in love with fairytales
Please contact me for (fairy) -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. Because I allow my brain to believe those places exist (during the film). Or tales such as Shutter Island, Inception, The Matrix and Sweeney Todd, where a world is created in the world we know and developed to something more absurd. Ever since I saw Hugo I imagine some creatures are working very hard in the tower to make it all work. The cinematography on A Christmas Carol keeps inspiring me. I would 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 crew know the plans A, B and C, we’ll all be more creative and flexible on set.
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 a random window, or being in the nature, I mostly see colours, contrast and lines more than the subjects itself. Sometimes I walk past something that 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 storytelling 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. This 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 best 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