ABOUT

VISUAL STORYTELLER PASSIONATE ABOUT FINDING MAGIC IN THE MUNDANE AND EXTRAORDINARY IN THE ORDINARY

 

Let me tell you a story...

People hire me to document and tell real-life stories by the mean of film or photography.

Consequently, more than just showing a collection of videos and photos, I present you my work on this website under the form of bite-sized stories that mix insights about the projects, behind-the-scenes anecdotes and take-aways.  

 

What can I do for you?

I creatively move stories all the way from early concept to post-production by having an overall vision through which a non-fiction film or photo essay becomes reality. The main applications are documentary, editorial and branded content, including brand journalism

FILM

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

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

During production, I might operate the camera, interview contributors and/or directing crews.

During Post-Production, if not editing myself,  I follow-up the post-production process until final delivery to ensure maximum coherence and quality.

My 2,5 years experience as senior director / producer at VICE MEDIA taught me to be fast, efficient and highly adaptable working with either a minimal team or with bigger production crews on international level. 

PHOTOGRAPHY

In the case of still photography, I cover all types of events with a personal vision and a narrative oriented approach that allows me to convey the story to the viewer in a way that is not only artistically 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 various behind the scenes for film and advertising productions.

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

Specialized in nothing, curious about everything.

I've worked on an ecclectic range of subjects and stories I've covered include: 

Find magic in the mundane 

"When I'm in my neighborhood, I don't see anything anymore, because I'm so used to it. When I go somewhere else, suddenly, I'm alive. I'm on alert, and I can be fresh"
– Chantal Akerman 

As an expatriated I find that living abroad helps me to stay awake, keep my sense sharp and see things that might be unnoticed to others. 

 

The superpower of languages 

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

My life story in a few bulletpoints.

CHAPTER ONE

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

CHAPTER TWO

  • In 1998, join international branding agency BaseDesign in Brussels as graphic designer.
  • In 2005, while working on the rebranding of Belgian TV Channel CANAL+ (BeTV) I realize that audiovisuals is way more fun than print design.
  • Direct my first music video for Adam Cohen feat. Virginie Ledoyen.
  • Move to Barcelona.
  • Become Head of Audiovisual & Shareholder of BaseMotion, the audiovisual department of BaseDesign, supervising productions across the offices of Barcelona, Brussels, Madrid and New York.
  • Direct the audiovisual installations of the Thirst pavilion of World Expo Zaragoza.
  • Leave Basedesign in 2012 after 14 years of a winding career.

CHAPTER THREE

  • Travel 3 months solo on my bicycle across South America looking for the meaning of life.
  • Shoot a short documentary in Brazil that premieres on NOWNESS and get selected in 7 international film festivals.
  • Launch Superjeanmarc.com to offer documentary filmmaking and photography services for brands such as Arnette, Nike, Iittala, Primavera Sound Festival, organizations like the European Union, FEDIEX, or NGO's like WAPA International. 
  • Work as still photographer and assistant on the shooting of "Extraordinary Africa" a documentary produced by Wild Cloud Production for National Geographic
  • During 6 months, works as director of a series of environmental videos aiming to protect biodiversity in active quarries.  
  • Direct online campaign videos for Arnette eyewear and event videos for Puma and Nike.
  • Seasonally teach filmmaking at ELISAVA, Barcelona School of Design and Engineering.

CHAPTER FOUR

  • Joins VICE Media Group in february 2018 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.
  • Currently lives in Barcelona. Available worldwide.
  • Still prefers Belgian beer
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Happiness in the Namib Desert, Namibia

With Director of Photography Marcos de Lluelmo

With Director of Photography Marcos de Lluelmo

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Stand-in. Madrid.

Shooting quarries from a paraglider in Poland

Shooting quarries from a paraglider in Poland

The “belgian bridge”, Patagaonia, Chile.

The "belgian bridge", Patagaonia, Chile. (okay, that one is not about work...)

It’s a wrap, in Barcelona.

It's a wrap, in Barcelona.

Shooting muskox in Norway

Looking for muskox in Norway

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Shooting for San-Miguel in Madrid

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Phone: +34 679 75 56 40
Email: jm@superjeanmarc.com