For my bachelor thesis, I had the choice to present my research in any way I thought relevant. I picked the form of a short video, the kind which can be found on YouTube, to present it. It would therefore be spoken in English, the universal language of the internet, in order to reach out to as many people as possible.
As for my theme, it came naturally. Architecture has always been a part of my life, and I thought it was too bad people didn’t seem to realise how emotional it could be. In my opinion, architecture is a medium just as emotional as music, and should be used as such more often in films. So I showed examples of science-fiction films (one of my favourite genres) that did just that.
During my internship at 87seconds, I was lucky to be sent to Paris to interview a Flemish engineer architect (who coincidentally had also studied at the VUB) working for Besix. What was also super interesting was that she was the only woman on that site, and she lead a big group of men. We had a small team with a cameraman, a director, an assistant producer and me (who mostly interviewed her).
The Hogeschool Gent (HoGent) wanted a rebranding video and asked 87seconds to help. On this project, I was both set dresser when needed and production assistent. We shot throughout Ghent with the goal to show another side of Ghent and of its University. We used actual students, professors and employees of HoGent as actors and had them read out a poem from a local writer.
During the summer of 2018, I co-directed this aftermovie with Cato Kusters as a part of my internship at 87seconds. Couleur Café is an alternative, family-friendly, world-music festival taking place every summer in the parc next to the Atomium, this iconic Belgian monument. 87seconds had already made the previous aftermovie, so Couleur Café asked them again. In turn, 87seconds trusted me and Cato to direct three different camera teams throughout the festival (3 days long). We actually had to make one film for Friday, one for Saturday and one for the whole festival. It was an amazing experience, with tons of great artists and quite a bit of sun.
During my internship at 87seconds, one of the first projects I took part in was this vlog-like presentation video of one of Besix’s employees. This was the first of a series of videos, meant to show all the different kinds of works and people working for Besix. We shot it in Belgium, in the natural areas around Namur and at the HQ of Besix in Brussels. In this instance, I was location scout, production assistent and make-up artist. Besix was quite satisfied with the result, and therefore asked 87seconds to make the other videos as well, going to other countries as well (France, United Arab Emirates, …). Unfortunately I only got to make one more video before my internship ended.
At the beginning of my third year at the Netherlands Film Academy, I made two tv commercials for the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden in Leyden (Netherlands). Thanks to this great experience, I got to see how to creatively make people (between 15 and 26 year old was our target audience) want to go to a museum. We had an extremely limited budget and timing to make them so I’m quite proud of how they turned out. The first one eventually got chosen to represent the museum. The other one couldn’t due to lacking rights.
In my second year at the Film Academy, I made a tragic-comedy called “Rouwclown”. It was inspired by a suprising existing fenomenon: clowns coming to funerals. I was, with my co-student Henk Pol, the Production Designer for this film. We looked together for the perfect location and all the props and clothings. The director and cameraman were the same ones with whom I made my third year film.
This was an exercise I made with Anouk Regensburg (studying vfx in my year). We had to make a loop and imagine a world that excited us. The background (stars) and the frame were made by hand by me and she made the animation and added the jellyfishes and the lighting.
“My Pleasure” is the first film I made outside of school, in 2016, as a part of the 48 Hours Film Project, which takes place annually in numerous cities around the globe. We did this one for the Amsterdam competition and were lucky enough to get loads of prices, amongst which Best Film. This lead to it being sent to the Filmapalooza (World’s Finale, with all the best films from each cities taking part) in Seattle. From there, as it was selected amongst the 12 best films worldwide (and again won Best Cinematography), it got sent to Cannes Film Festival 2017. I was lucky enough to go to Cannes in 2017 and to meet a lot of people there.