ABOUT

I'M A VISUAL STORYTELLER PASSIONATE ABOUT FINDING MAGIC IN THE MUNDANE AND EXTRAORDINARY IN THE ORDINARY

IF YOU'RE IN A RUSH, THIS IS MY SHOWREEL:

What can I do for you?

I creatively move stories all the way from early concept to post-production, bringing non-fiction film or photo essay to life. Applications include documentary, editorial, current affairs and branded content. 

Audiovisual

Three years of experience as Senior Director / Producer at VICE MEDIA taught me to be efficient and highly adaptable, capable of working with international production crews or as autonomous one-man-band self-shooter.

During pre-production, I do research when the story doesn't exist yet. I write treatments and scripts, set up teams adapted to the context and available budget.

During production, I can operate the camera or work with a DoP, interview contributors and/or directing crews.

During post-production, if not editing myself,  I follow-up the post-production process until final delivery.

Depending on the situation, I can be in charge of everything or only a specific part of the process.

Still photography

As photographer, I document events with a personal vision and a narrative oriented approach to convey a story to the viewer in a way that is not only visually and emotionally strong, but also informative and insightful.

I've covered events for Primavera Sound Festival (ES), Bestival (UK), Secret Garden Party (UK), Mobile World Congress (ES), Marriot Hotels aswel as several behind the scenes for film and advertising productions in Europe and the United States.

 

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My life story in a few bulletpoints.

CHAPTER ONE

  • Born in Brussels, Belgium during the 70's
  • I studied Visual Communication at ERG, Ecole de Recherche Graphique, Brussels.
  • After gratuating, I move for a year to Québec, Canada doing intership as graphic designer.

CHAPTER TWO

  • In 1998, I join the international branding agency BaseDesign in Brussels as graphic designer.
  • In 2005, while working on the rebranding of Belgian TV pay Channel CANAL+ (BeTV) I realize that audiovisuals is more fun than print design and soon direct my first music video for Adam Cohen featuring French movie star Virginie Ledoyen.
  • My second music video involves 47.000 belgian chocolate coins.
  • In 2008, I move to Barcelona and become Head of Audiovisual & Shareholder at BaseMotion, the audiovisual department of BaseDesign, supervising productions across the offices of Barcelona, Brussels, Madrid and New York, mainly focused on motion graphics. 
  • For more than 8 months, I'm in charge of the creation of the audiovisual installations of the Thirst pavilion of World Expo Zaragoza.
  • I leave Basedesign in 2012 after 14 years of a winding and enriching career.

CHAPTER THREE

  • In 2014 I travel solo on my bicycle across South America looking for the meaning of life.
  • I shoot a self produced short documentary in Brazil that premieres on NOWNESS and get selected in 7 international film festivals.
  • I work as photographer and AD on the shooting of "Extraordinary Africa" a documentary produced by Wild Cloud Production  broadcasted on the National Belgian TV, RTBF aswel as National Geographic. 
  • Launch my new website featuring my documentary filmmaking and photography work for brands such as Arnette eyewear, Nike, Iittala Glassworks, Primavera Sound Festival, organizations like the European Union, or NGO's like WAPA International
  • Seasonally, I teach filmmaking at ELISAVA, Barcelona School of Design and Engineering.

CHAPTER FOUR

  • In February 2018, I joinn  Vice Media Group  as Senior Director / Producer to create documentary content appearing on VICE video channels as-well as branded content for VIRTUE, the Creative Agency by VICE.
  • In November 2020, I  follow the migrants rescue boat ‘Open Arms’ crew as they embark on the most dangerous migrant route in the world to make a short documentary for Vice NEWS about one of their deadliest missions to date. 

CHAPTER FIVE

  • I currently pursue my activies as as freelance filmmaker and photographer, available worldwide.
  • I still prefers Belgian beer. 

 

Multilingual. 

I speak French, Spanish, English, Portuguese and Dutch (Not necessarily in that order) 

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ON THE SHOOTING OF "EXTRAORDINARY AFRICA", NAMIBIA / PHOTO: TANGUY DUMORTIER

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