The last six months have been crazy when it comes to school and my documentary. Some of you who follow me on Instagram have seen a few updates about this project. I’ve been developing a concept for my personal, short documentary. I’ve been shooting all of the footage and I’ve been editing day and night to finish everything before the deadline last Wednesday. Like I said, it’s been crazy but when I look back at it, it’s been totally worth it. I’d like to take you through the process and show the final result!
The documentary is about the emotional situation of a twenty-something while entering ‘the real world.’ Sounds deep and I have to say it is kind of deep. In the documentary I use my own voice as an ‘inner voice’ that is speaking for ‘this generation.’ Meanwhile a neuropsychologist talks back and gives explanations for what the inner voice comes up with. All the scènes are in totally different locations and filmed from totally different perspectives, to me it adds more of an ‘artsy’ vibe to the film. Beside that it’s my personal style, I’m only satisfied when every frame could have been an interesting and unique picture.
Allright, for all the non-Dutch speaking readers, here’s a super tiny lesson in Dutch. “De Wereld Aan Je Voeten” stands for, you guessed it, “The World At Your Feet.’ This was the poster I made to promote the documentary. In case you were wondering, I took this shot standing on a shaky, high ladder while balancing against a roof. I wouldn’t do that again but I think the picture turned out lovely.
Fun fact, last Wednesday a bunch of students of our school and a few specialists from the filmbranche teamed up to pick the five best documentaries for the première night, wich was last Friday. And guess what? I ended up being number one. That was such a great compliment. I mean, I literally worked my ass of during this project, every single shot you see is a piece of me. This project really kept me awake at night and had me busy during the day since I did everything myself. The camera work, editing, the music you hear… So ending up with the first price really made my day/week/just everything 😉
I have to say, I couldn’t have done it without my best friend, – the girl you see on the poster, – of course everything you see comes out of my head but without her playing in all these scènes the documentary wouldn’t be complete!
Enough talking for now, let’s get into the real work.
I really hope you enjoyed the documentary, feel free to ask me any questions about the process or the way I work.
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