Freedom is a huge theme in the life of AAGE. As a child, he wanted to be captain on a ship, thinking sailing the oceans would offer him the ultimate. But after a visit to the School of Maritime Studies crushed that fantasy, film making became his big freedom instead. After two internships on the set, he enrolled in the Netherlands Film Academy to graduate in 2003. Showing relationships between people and all that comes with that, like the variety of emotions, miscommunication, friction and drama, it what he likes to do best. Just don’t think he repeats himself in doing that. Finding copying the same thing utterly boring, he is the kind of guy that is always into trying something new and different. Maybe you can say he wants his films to be just as exiting as being woken up in the middle of the night with the surprise of a delicious dessert.
TRAILER · Broeders · DIRECTOR · Hanro Smitsman · PRODUCTION · Corinno Film
TRAILER · Ik weet wie je bent · DIRECTOR · Hanro Smitsman · PRODUCTION · Column Film
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL · Rio 2016 · DIRECTOR · Daniel Dow · PRODUCTION · Dpplr
LIDL · Stamppot · DIRECTOR · Daniel Dow · PRODUCTION · Dpplr
DEFENSIE · Skilled for Life · DIRECTOR · Daniel Dow · PRODUCTION · Dpplr
After finishing an education in video, editing and camera, AZIZ left for an internship in Zambia. It was here he discovered he wanted to go to the Netherlands Film Academy, from which he indeed graduated in 2015. Born in Tripoli Libya, raised in a small town called Zeeland in the province of Brabant, he paused in Nijmegen and Utrecht for a while before moving on to Amsterdam, where he still resides. This is also where he plays soccer, three times a week, in different teams. Possibly a remnant of his younger days, when he dreamt of being a famous football player. But he also wanted to be a journalist, since he really likes to tell stories. And this is what he does, telling stories with a human touch. After all it’s all about the one in front of the camera, about what he or she has to say and give when offered full space. But Aziz doesn’t discriminate. Even if he shoots a bench in a park he wants to know why it’s there, listen to its story and grant it a personality. Yes, maybe you can say thinking everything through and adding meaning to every shot is Aziz’s trademark. That, and Rammstein of course, preferably very loud.
TRAILER · Nothing to Declare · DIRECTOR · Hetty de Kruijff · PRODUCTION · Bind
TRAILER · Jungle · DIRECTOR · Hetty de Kruijf · PRODUCTION · Bind
ASICS · SS17 · DIRECTOR · Marlon Gervacio · PRODUCTION · Rooff
TRAILER · Nighthaven · DIRECTOR · Hetty de Kruijf · PRODUCTION · NFA
BUDDHA TO BUDDHA · Embrace Life · DIRECTOR · Robin Piree · PRODUCTION · RPME
BEN is a minimalist. Therefore he doesn’t like to own stuff. Okay, he has camera stuff but that doesn’t count since he makes an exception for stuff he really needs and camera stuff of course you really need being a DP. Talking about needs, would one for a new building arise, Ben could actually build it. As he is very handy with computers, camera’s and other technical devices. But making films, he began his career with filming snowboard movies when he lived in Austria, is still his absolute favourite. It even comes before pizza, which means a lot considering he thinks of pizza as life. Dark, moody and open to everyone’s personal interpretation is how he likes them best. Making films that is. Cause for pizza it would be Margaritha, just simple no adds on it please.
ASICS · Gel Nimbus · DIRECTOR · Alvin Chan · PRODUCTION · Superlarge
VOLVO · XC90 · DIRECTOR · Arno Stols
PHILIPS · Trigger · DIRECTOR · Mads Beakkevold & Philip Fountain · PRODUCTION · MediaMonks
MERCEDES · Here’s to the Future
KLM & HEINEKEN · The Unexpected · DIRECTOR · Tobias Corba · PRODUCTION · Bandit Amsterdam
&BOAS VAN MILLIGEN BIELKE
BOAS is born and raised in the Jordaan, the area that, like back in the days, used to be the working-class district of Amsterdam. He is a, as the Dutch would say, a real ‘Jordanees’, by now an almost extinct species. Starting his career as a DoP by making roadmovies during his train travels through Europe at the age of 17, he graduated from the Netherlands Film Academy in 2015. He loves to shoot moody and technically innovative images, as well as beauty and fashion films, a passion that has to compete though with his love for Italian food. If he’s not filming almost certainly he is cooking gnocchi with sage butter sauce, and the central theme when he goes to Italy for holiday is food, food, food. Oh, and he also collects his empty lip balm containers, just to see how many one uses in a lifetime.
CINEVILLE · Hitte · DIRECTOR · Thessa Meijer · PRODUCTION · July Film
ASOS · Design DC · DIRECTOR · Sam de Jong · PRODUCTION · Halal
RONNIE FLEX & BLOF · Omarm me · DIRECTED · Folkert Verdoorn & Jeroen Dankers · PRODUCTION · Cake
COOP · Together · DIRECTOR · Werner Damen · PRODUCTION · Suikerdepôt
NAAZ · Words · DIRECTOR · Folkert Verdoorn · PRODUCTION · Bandit Amsterdam
His parents running a campsite there, DAAN lived a year in France. After moving back to the Netherlands, he got into skateboarding. And in retrospect one can say that’s where it all started. Working his ass off at a garden centre, he could buy his first camera at the 13 and began to make skateboarding films straight away. Plants on the other hand, he didn’t touch anymore ever since graduating from the Netherlands Film Academy in 2016. He doesn’t want to get his hands dirty again, you see. Even the one single plant he has at home, a bonsai, needs to be taken care of by his girlfriend. What he does love however, is making films which surprise.
TELE2 · Online Heroes DC · DIRECTOR · Sharif Abdel Mawla · PRODUCTION · Bonkers
WE Telecom · Al Ahly (DC) · DIRECTOR · Sharif Abdel Mawla · PRODUCTION · Nojara Productions
SEVN ALIAS · Mag het ff lekker gaan ft. Josylvio · DIRECTOR · Sharif Abdel Mawla · PRODUCTION · Vigics
PLUS · Summer (DC) · DIRECTOR · Ismael · PRODUCTION · Pink Rabbit
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE · 2018 · DIRECTOR · Basha de Bruijn · PRODUCTION · Pink Rabbit
&FLORIS VAN DER LEE
Born and raised in Rotterdam, through a friend of his father FLORIS visited a film set for the first time at the age of 14. Helping the video assistant out, his career started there and then, since from that moment on every school holiday he worked as a video assistant. That he got paid in gift vouchers, he didn’t mind at all, as long as he could be around. After graduating from high school he joined in professionally as a clapper loader and focus puller, working side by side with senior cinematographers like Reinier van Brummelen and Peter Greenaway. Being the first to figure out how to properly operate the revolutionary digital Red One, he was always there when that camera was used. Don't think however his fascination for doing weird stuff by now has dried up. Far from it! He still loves to build special rigs and trying out what else the camera has to give besides the usual, in order to make beautifully lighted films which have a bit of storytelling in them and a carefully thought-out style. Preferably with a nice cup of coffee to accompany him, because he likes coffee very much. In fact he has made it his life purpose to find the perfect coffee bean. But although he buys a bag in every single coffee bar he passes, the absolute perfect one he has not yet come across.
ASN BANK · The PVC-Horse · DIRECTOR · Vincent Lammers · PRODUCTION · Ambassadors
STAATSLOTERIJ · Grootste Prijzenpot · DIRECTOR · Tobias Pekelharing · PRODUCTION · Holy Fools
ABN AMRO · Beeldbankieren · DIRECTOR · Mattias Schut · PRODUCTION · Holy Fools
HUDSON’S BAY · Mannequins (DC) · DIRECTOR · Tobias Pekelharing · PRODUCTION · Holy Fools
LEFFE · Vinyl · DIRECTOR · Tobias Pekelharing · PRODUCTION · Holy Fools
If he’s not filming, chances are GÁBOR is hanging out in his Spanish bookstore which he runs together with his lovely wife. He had his camera training at the Hungarian state-owned company Mafilm and after that made like 500+ commercials, 4 feature films and many, many shorts. The one thing he truly can be waken up for however, is a charity project. Charity projects are his genetic disability. He simply loves to do them, dreams about them. And speaks about them in Hungarian, Spanish, English ánd Dutch, since he understands all those languages. His new hobby is hiking in nature, after climbing Kilimanjaro. Which he did for charity of course. What else.
WARCHILD · Batman · DIRECTOR · Jeroen Mol · PRODUCTION · In Case of Fire
VOLKSWAGEN · Wayback · DIRECTOR · Ismael · PRODUCTION · Pinkrabbit
XS4ALL · The X · DIRECTOR · Michael Sewandono · PRODUCTION · Czar Amsterdam
BAVARIA · Live is Life · DIRECTOR · Jonathan Herman · PRODUCTION · Bonkers
CENTRAAL BEHEER · Horse · DIRECTOR · Sven Super · PRODUCTION · De Schiettent
When he was a kid, LEX wanted to be a doctor but that all changed when he started poking around at the art academy where his brother studied. He himself ended up going to the photography academy in Den Haag, graduating in 1985 to launch a career in image making. He can film anything, every genre, technical or commercial: it doesn’t matter one single bit. But if you ask him what he likes the most, he’ll most certainly tell you it’s films in which he can make reality a little bit nicer, a little bit more beautiful than it already is. What he also likes a lot, is taking his VW T3 Westfalia on trips. He simply loves cars, always has, and knows everything about them. It’s a trait he probably inherited from his grandpa who was a mechanic and owned a garage. The whole thing also makes him excellent in remembering number plates. The ones of the cars his dad had, he still knows by heart. Maybe you can say he just has something with numbers.
RETOURDEFRANCE · Joop · DIRECTOR · Johan Kramer · PRODUCTION · Halal
TELENET · Digital Doop · DIRECTOR · Johan Kramer · PRODUCTION · Halal
SHORT · Das Wad · DIRECTOR · Rob Lücker · PRODUCTION · Hazazah
SCHOONENBERG · Café · DIRECTOR · Ahmet Polat · PRODUCTION · Hazazah
RUNDFUNK · Football · DIRECTOR · Rob Lücker · PRODUCTION · Kemna & Zonen
&MICK VAN ROSSUM
MICKgraduated at the Netherlands Film Academy in 1994 and is currently performing a role as a director of studies at the institute. He is a very diverse cinematographer, making shorts, features, commercials and documentaries. Therefore he comes in useful for almost anything, especially if there is a need for a Japanese speaking DoP since he masters that language a bit. Besides film, 70’ progressive rock and whale researching are some of his favourite subjects, although just saying nothing while filming nature is also fine. After all, he always wanted to be a wildlife filmmaker. So if you can’t find him, just have a look in the bush. Most probably that’s where he is.
UN-COMMISSIONED WORK · Gold · DIRECTOR · Jorrit Stolman
SWISS SENSE · DIRECTOR · Jorrit Stolman · PRODUCTION · Lukkien
MENZIS · Move · DIRECTOR · René Eller · PRODUCTION · Miauw
GROLSCH · Mr. Jones · DIRECTOR · Rene Eller · PRODUCTION · Miauw
TV SERIES · Overspel · DIRECTOR · Dana Nechushtan · PRODUCTION · BNNVARA
&THOMAS VAN KRUGTEN
Chances are THOMAS is busy spinning tunes on the handmade sound system he built with his friends or caught up in a nocturnal debate with his housemates about life and what’s going on in the world, or eating a burrito from Tomatio. Most probably however, he is filming some original, dark and raw shit. Born and raised in Schiedam he first went to art school Willem de Kooning before graduating at the Netherlands Film Academy in 2015. Wanting to become an inventor when he was young, he still loves to come up with new stuff. But please don’t ask him to build anything because that’s something he can’t do. Really do not ask since it will bring out the most clumsy Thomas ever, and we don’t want that.
ALBERT HEIJN · Fan van Oranjeleeuwinnen · DIRECTOR · Michael Middelkoop · PRODUCTION · Czar Amsterdam
DONNIE · Knalplanga · DIRECTOR · Michael Middelkoop · PRODUCTION · Czar Amsterdam
DEFENSIE · HBO/WO · DIRECTOR · Nick Harmsen · PRODUCTION · Since ‘88
POP · Minotaur · DIRECTOR · Patrick Louwerse · PRODUCTION · Philippe Avendano Vera
PATTA x TOPNOTCH · Sun Patzer · DIRECTOR · Michael Middelkoop · PRODUCTION · Czar Amsterdam
If TIM is not behind the camera, he is either watching or talking about the Formula 1. Since basically those auto races is what his life is about, after taking care of his twins of course because they are number 1, together with his lovely girlfriend. The middle name of his daughter Nova, one of his number 1’s, is even Senna. Yes indeed, after Ayrton Senna, Tim’s racing driver hero. If the Formula 1 would have made bigger cars or he himself would have grown a little bit less tall, Tim probably would never have made it to the Netherlands Film Academy. But he graduated in 2011, and when it comes to making films he likes to quote Dan Wieden, co-founder of Wieden + Kennedy, by saying: ‘Make me laugh, make me cry, make me do something … just move me dude.’