For this film, a small crew (of four people), two actors and I drove to the south of France. We took a car, a small van, a dog, some gear, and a clarinet with us. We shot the film on our way back to the Netherlands, using a lot of improvisation. Not only the acting is partly improvised, but also the shots, the location scouting, etc.
My work often centers around the emotional journey of an individual. I would describe my films as intimate portraits, which are not only explorations of human behavior, communication, and relationships, but also experiments in using improvisation as a method for fiction filmmaking.
During my studies, I focussed mostly on directing, writing, producing and editing short fiction films, but in the future I hope to combine my love for film, directing, working together, visual art, music and theater in several ways.
After finishing my studies, I hope to continue learning more about directing film, theater and opera. In five years I will hopefully be working as a director, on inspiring projects, surrounded by people who love working together and telling stories.
Learned during the studies
The most important thing I learned during my years at HKU, is that an artistic process does not have to follow a straight line to a final work. I learned the value of embracing exploration, making mistakes, and taking unexpected turns.
List of publications / exhibitions / prices / concerts / shows etc.
2023 / Group exhibition ‘Trailer’, AG, Utrecht
2023 / Screening ‘June Last Year’, Ghent International Short Film Festival, Gent
2022 / Screening ‘June Last Year, Rialto For Short, Amsterdam (season winner)
2021 / Group exhibition ‘CURRENT’, Omstand, Arnhem
2018 / Publication ‘Titaantjes’, short story, in Tirade (van Oorschot)