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 might believe those places exist during the film. Or tales such as Shutter Island 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 image some creatures are working very hard in the tower to make it all work without being seen. And even A Christmas Carol. I would love to be the DoP on an animation. 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 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 series, films, documentaries and commercials. I’ll make you an extra good deal if it’s a tale!
• 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