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The premiere at A Maze was overwhelming. People laughed at the right moments and were silently concentrated at other times. It felt like the right time and place to show off our first episode and talk a bit about it afterwards.

So yeah, I could go on about the nights, endlessly strolling through Berlin for no apparent reason, but that’s not very on topic. I am currently just happy to be home, having a few days off before work starts again. Thank you A Maze, for showing our little documentary thingy and we’ll see you next year.

(picture by Kim Idsinga)

The premiere at A Maze was overwhelming. People laughed at the right moments and were silently concentrated at other times. It felt like the right time and place to show off our first episode and talk a bit about it afterwards.

So yeah, I could go on about the nights, endlessly strolling through Berlin for no apparent reason, but that’s not very on topic. I am currently just happy to be home, having a few days off before work starts again. Thank you A Maze, for showing our little documentary thingy and we’ll see you next year.

(picture by Kim Idsinga)

14-04-14

A band of nerds, looking for ramen. We found the ramen. It was good ramen. Berlin is nice. It’s rainy. And sometimes sunny. We have fun eiterway.

(from left to right: Daniel ‘C418’ Rosenfeld, Paul Veer, Natalie Hanke & Kim Idsinga)

A band of nerds, looking for ramen. We found the ramen. It was good ramen. Berlin is nice. It’s rainy. And sometimes sunny. We have fun eiterway.

(from left to right: Daniel ‘C418’ Rosenfeld, Paul Veer, Natalie Hanke & Kim Idsinga)

09-04-14

Apparently Daniel and myself are gonna preview the first episode of Super Game Jam at A Maze., a festival in Berlin that’ll take place between April 9th and 11th. We’ll both be joined by stars Jan Willem Nijman (of Vlambeer) and Richard Boeser (of Sparpweed), other lovely persons from upcoming episodes (Dominik, Liselore, Christoffer & Sos) and our assistant  Kim Idsinga. We’ll be there for the entire festival, so come say hi or tell us how beautiful we are.

Here’s that cool trailer for the cool thing we’re gonna show, by the way.



The premiere will take place on April 11th at 15:40 and has a cute Q&A afterwards.

Apparently Daniel and myself are gonna preview the first episode of Super Game Jam at A Maze., a festival in Berlin that’ll take place between April 9th and 11th. We’ll both be joined by stars Jan Willem Nijman (of Vlambeer) and Richard Boeser (of Sparpweed), other lovely persons from upcoming episodes (Dominik, Liselore, Christoffer & Sos) and our assistant Kim Idsinga. We’ll be there for the entire festival, so come say hi or tell us how beautiful we are.

Here’s that cool trailer for the cool thing we’re gonna show, by the way.

The premiere will take place on April 11th at 15:40 and has a cute Q&A afterwards.

06-04-14

Talking About Trains On Twitter

We had a short appreciation-hour of trains in art as a storytelling device. Thanks to Jerry ‘Fucking’ Mickle for Storifying this.

02-04-14

An update on stuff and things

Yes, the weekly updates stopped. They stopped because the SUPER AWESOME COOL SECRET PROJECT took over my entire life. And it’s not a lot of fun repeating the same message every single week: “I did some things for that thing which I can’t tell you anything about lol.” It would bore myself. It would’ve bored you. To death.

Anyhow, here’s an obligated update post before shit hits the fan.

And let’s start off with that SUPER AWESOME COOL SECRET PROJECT. You know I’m doing this project. You know Daniel Oliveira Carneiro is involved. As well as Kim Idsinga. As well as Devolver, who’s producing this bad boy. You might have seen some pictures I took on the set. You might have an idea. You might have no clue. I might have told you because we’re friends. Or because I was drunk. Well, at this point the only thing I can tell you is that we’re announcing very, very, very, very soon. As in, within 2 weeks from now. Eyes. Peeled. That kind of stuff.

As for other things, work-related:

  • I’m dead-close to finishing that Hubbub video I was talking about before.
  • I’ve assembled a crew to start shooting another documentary in April. It’s about the fears and problems of being a post-graduation human being, something we all have to deal with but, I feel, schools don’t prepare you for well enough. I’ll go into more details about this probably next month.
  • We decided to shoot the Claynote video, but because of technical and weather related issues we had to postpone it. Which I’m fine with, by the way.
  • I’m working with Menno Otten on a cool project.
  • I’ve been writing a lot lately, hopping between screenplays and ideas and concepts. You know how that goes.
  • I now have an office at the Dutch Game Garden in Utrecht.
  • I’m also close to releasing the last Meszahline EP.
  • And then there’s Cloack. With a cool logo from Natalie Hanke.
Yes. Okay.

I’m leaving for San Francisco in a week. I’m visiting A Maze in April. I have 3 or 4 other trips planned this year. I’ve had the weirdest couple of weeks. And days. I still haven’t finished watching True Detective or House Of Cards. I haven’t watched a film in nearly 3 weeks. I’m really into New Girl, though. I like this song. And this song as well. And now I have to go back to work because there’s still so much to do. Bye.

03-03-14

In 2009 I followed an internship at the production office of Nanouk Leopold’s first international feature Brownian Movement, a high-brow arthouse flick written and directed by one of my favourite Dutch filmmakers. 

Having to make the production bible and maintaining the ever-changing crewlist, I’ve learned a lot about pre-production during those 2,5 months and I’m still very grateful for the opportunity I was given by Circe Films. And look, I’m also still in the credits!

For those interested in watching this slow-paced and beautifully shot film, it’s currently available on the Dutch Netflix.

In 2009 I followed an internship at the production office of Nanouk Leopold’s first international feature Brownian Movement, a high-brow arthouse flick written and directed by one of my favourite Dutch filmmakers.

Having to make the production bible and maintaining the ever-changing crewlist, I’ve learned a lot about pre-production during those 2,5 months and I’m still very grateful for the opportunity I was given by Circe Films. And look, I’m also still in the credits!

For those interested in watching this slow-paced and beautifully shot film, it’s currently available on the Dutch Netflix.

16-01-14

2013: Best Movies Part I

I’ve watched a total of 22 great films that were released in Holland during 2013. Here’s the first batch, numbers to the letter K. There is no ranking here, just 11 films I thought were worth noting listed in alphabetical order.

36 (Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit)
A roll of film usually takes up to 36 shots. 36 memories. Thai director Thamrongrattanarit, probably inspired by Godard’s statically fragmented Vivre Sa Vie, uses exactly 36 static shots to tell us about broken hard-drives and a pre-production romance. But mainly about how we always want to remember, but can’t fight forgetting. One of the most profoundly told minimalist films I’ve seen in years.

All The Light In The Sky (Joe Swanberg) VOD
Age is a tricky thing. We are defined by the number of years we’ve lived on this planet. It doesn’t matter how hard we fight it, it will matter. It won’t get you as many acting jobs like you used to get. But it can also be the reason to give in to your insecurities, because you are inexperienced in dealing with life. Joe Swanberg is an expert at coming up with a character, humanising her/him and taking a slice of her/his life, touching upon general psychological and social issues with such ease that his craft sometimes frightens me.

Behind the Candelabra (Steven Soderbergh)
Sexuality is another thing that defines us. Which is even weirder and more annoying than being defined by age. I’m just glad Steven Soderbergh didn’t. I’m glad Soderbergh just set out to make a film about the love between an older celebrity and a young nobody. He’d rather focuses on the complications of this relationship and love in general than the fact these lovers are in fact two gay men.

The Bling Ring (Sofia Coppola)
Coppola’s most radically distant film to date is a fragmented, repetitive observation of a couple of kids that rob a bunch of celebrity-owned houses. Coppola plays with our expectations of society, giving us all the time in the world to question the lack of consequence. She neither glorifies nor criticises hedonism. She simply shows us what happens, like a beautifully shot documentary set in a world where Bret Easton Ellis is the president and Miley Cyrus the queen of France.

Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantino)
Far from Tarantino’s best, but an interesting take on slavery nonetheless. From the Stockholm-syndromed Samuel L. Jackson character to Christoph Waltz lacking racism, it’s a film that does a rare thing: handling a difficult subject through the means of entertainment without exploiting said subject. Or even rarer: using a buttload of crash-zooms and getting away with it.

Empire (Philip S. Solomon)
In 1964 Andy Warhol (and Jonas Mekas) shot Empire, a 24-hour static shot of the Empire State Building. Another great avant-gardist, Philip S. Solomon, known for his switch from directly altering celluloid to machinima in 2005, placed his virtual camera high above Liberty City and let it ‘roll’ for the extend of a day in Grand Theft Auto IV, which roughly lasts 48 minutes. The outcome is a meditation on an artificial world and its simulated day-to-night routine. Hauntingly simple and yet/thus one of the most visceral cinematic experiences I’ve had all year.

Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach)
This is where I finally fell in love with Greta Gerwig. She plays Frances, a wandering, self-absorbed choreographer in New York. There’s no real story to speak of. She’s not necessarily growing as a character. No, Frances is a human being. A 20-something flawed human being. And human beings aren’t characters in a film with one clear goal. They are complex, unpredictable creatures. Frances doesn’t grow or evolve. She has to come to terms with certain things that are deeply nested within her while taking on the rest of her issues and complexities. Baumbach and Gerwig tell us there’s is no golden pot at the end of the rainbow, just an endless continuation. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

How To Describe A Cloud (David Verbeek)
David Verbeek’s latest in-between-projects-movie overwhelmed me. It’s a tiny, little film about an electronic musician who decides to put her own stressful life on hold for a bit to take care of her sick mom. Beautifully shot and quietly told.

Inori (Pedro González-Rubio)
A small village near Nara, a beautiful mountainy area. There’s no nightlife, no thriving business opportunities. Just a quiet countryside village where the inhabitants are old and few. Pedro González-Rubio beautifully captures their lives and routine. A man visits the grave of his wife. A woman walks a couple of miles to her physiotherapist. The future of Inori is finite and its finiteness is drawing close. It’s a testament to those lost civilisations and ghost towns we’ve never heard of.

Kalayaan (Adolfo B. Alix Jr.)
An uninhabited island is subject to an impending war between China and Japan. Apparently no-one knows who it belongs to. So one of the countries place a single guard on the island to guard it while politicians fight it out. The aimless waiting and loneliness slowly creeps up on the soldier, even when he’s joined by 2 fellow soldiers, and he loses grip on reality. A surprisingly captivating and well-made film from Filipino director Adolfo B. Alix Junior.

Kings of Summer (Jordan Vogt-Roberts) VOD
“I’m not a girl, not yet a woman.” The immortal words of a Britney Spears ballad that sum up all the great films about teenagers growing up. Because growing up is a drag, but why aren’t I treated like a grown-up? It’s a thought that crosses the minds of Kings of Summer’s characters who run away from home to ‘finally’ live their own lives. In a treehouse. A beautiful contradiction on which Vogt-Robert builds one of the most imaginative teen films of the year.

Part II coming soon.

06-01-14

Weeks 110, 111 and 112

Don’t worry. I didn’t die. It’s december and despite it being not a very Holiday heavy december, it was still a december. And december somehow brings the notion of FINISH UP EVERYTHING BEFORE THE NEW YEAR STARTS BECAUSE IF NOT I MIGHT DIE. So I did and I didn’t, which is good.

During weeks 110 and 111 I’ve been crazy busy with getting a lot of stuff done for the Untitled Devolver Project. Lotsa pre-production stuff that you’ve all heard before, so I won’t bore you with that. More interestingly so is the fact we’ll start shooting in no less than eleven (11!) days.

Another interesting thing is that I might finally have an office, next year. Even though the library has been good to me (they make a killer coffee) and my recent switch to the workspace above a Coffee United (a Dutch Starbucks knock-off) has proven to be a good one, having my own workspace might be nice for a change. It’s nice to not have to work in a public place anymore, with all its smelly people and its weird distractions. The who’s and whens regarding the office are still being fleshed out, of course.

In my downtime I binged through shows like Bob’s Burgers, House of Cards and The Story of Film (all very much recommended), sometimes switching these out for Hitman: Absolution (I don’t know if I should recommend this). I decided against binging on a couple of films I’d missed in 2013, because that never really works out in the end. I want to watch a potential masterpiece like Pain & Gain based on my own schedule. That said: I will go into what I liked and disliked in 2013 as soon as 2013 ends.

Week 112 was my week off. A much needed one at that. I spent Christmas at my family’s, collectively playing The Stanley Parable and Gone Home on my newly acquired MacBook (self-bought, not a present) and eating way too much food. I also spent a fair amount of time hanging out with friends, sleeping in and lying on my couch scrolling through Netflix.

30-12-13

Week 109

So apart from editing that thing for Hubbub and doing pre-production work on that Devolver-project not a whole lot happened. That doesn’t mean I wasn’t busy or anything. O no, au contraire! But these kind of things can make my weeks sound like a broken record.

On wednesday I had one of those Utrecht days. I caught up with some cool people and met up with Liselore Goedhart from Monobanda (check out het cool art, y’all), Geert Nellen from Digital Dreams and a couple of old classmates.

The classmates stuff was interesting. Walking through the halls of my old school and seeing everyone stressing out over their graduation projects made me appreciate that decision to quit even more. But because I really like some of these guys I still feel the need to push their projects.

So I really urge you to throw some money at both the extremely ambitious plus already very promising looking PTSD-movie 'Ricochet' and the probably cool as heck social documentary about mentally handicapped youngsters 'Zag Je Het Maar'.

In the weekend I went to my parents’ house for some Sinterklaas-related coziness where I talked about The Walking Dead with my little sister and helped my little brother catch hella Pokémon.

(I feel like I’m forgetting something, though.)

09-12-13

Week 108

"Last week was my rough week, I’m still drippin’ down from my nose"
- The Weeknd, Kiss Land (2013)

Now, I know that The Weeknd’s nose-dripping doesn’t have anything to do with having a cold, but let’s just pretend it does, because this quote basically describes last week. And a fun week it was.

On monday I went to Utrecht to have a preperation talk with Hubbub before shooting their micro-doc the day after. I also met up with Digital Dreams to talk about a future colaboration, hung out with Rik Nieuwdorp and Martijn Frazer on their Vlambeer Clone Tycoon release-day and eventually eat a ungodly amount of spareribs with Jan Willem Nijman, Kitty Calis and Paul Veer.

picture by Kim Idsinga


On tuesday I traveled all the way to Amsterdam to shoot the aforementioned micro-doc for Hubbub about their colaboration with De Gids (the literary sub-magazine of De Groene Amsterdammer). While I interviewed the participants and designers, Kim Idsinga shot pretty much all the b-roll I needed. Before we knew it we were done, packing our stuff and heading to a café to have a couple of well-deserved beers. Later that night I had another beer with Rick Stuart over which we talked about some future projects and other things not suited for this blogpost.

On wednesday I got back to the Untitled Devolver Project after having Skyped with Daniel Carneiro about a couple of things. Which meant that I delved into budgetting and straightening out stuff once again the days after. And yes, even on saturday, because who needs weekends, right?

On sunday I was invited to a gathering at the Scotch & Soda store in Zwolle, which meant free beers and hanging out with friends. Later that night I watched A Constant Forge, a 200-minute documentary about John Cassavates, and went to bed loving this man’s work even more.

02-12-13