Profession: Student – Cinematographer
Origin: Greek – Dutch
Education: Hogeschool (HKU)
Why do you do what you do? Because I like stories and the role of the storyteller, i have the need to share my own thoughts and inspirations through the medium of film, to re-create a new reality and share there your feelings. The best part for me, is that you create all of this in a circle of total cooperation.
But the most important element is that you can speak directly to the viewer and tell him things that are bigger than you, important truths of live.
Could you describe your style and how it developed? My style are my inspirations, everything that happens around me and make me feel something. So there is no standard style yet, i am still developing and I’m glad that it goes like that. My style can be depressive like a burned forest, it can be filthy like a political scandal, or it can be happy like your first kiss. The way that it develops is through watching everything around me, things that really matter in this alienate time we live in.
Where do you get inspiration from? From everything, everywhere you can find a story. Mostly I get inspiration from sad happenings, from stories you would like to have a different end, from people that where great but never where noticed.
The political and environmental aspect is also something I follow a lot, if you look good enough you’ll see that its an extension of our social behavior.
What is the best part about working within the creative industries? For me, it’s the fact of cooperation, achieving greatness by working together with other makers. By this way you can make everything and go how far you want, after all we where created to do things together and connect, and in this time you see people get more and more isolated and that’s not good if you ask me.
What do you wish you knew about your business before you got started? How to talk and how to pitch. It has become more obvious to me that in this time you need more things than just creativity and talent. The media world has been extended so much that you’ll have to be prepared for everything. It’s the time where we put labels everywhere and on everyone and this might be a great obstacle to young artists.
Has your style develop/change over the time being active? If yes, how? Yes and no. I don’t think I have a standard style yet, it is something that is still evolving. But after all I try new things all the time so from that perspective, yes I have developed. Through working in different projects you get new knowledge and inspirations and most important you communicate with other makers, so for me the change comes with new knowledge, fascinations and new people.
Who would you like to work with? I would really like to work with Costas Gavras, he is a great director who made some great political and social French films. I really admire the way he works and the kind of genre he represents. After all those are the best teachers.
What is your idea of success? To have the means and the freedom to create whatever you really want, with no restrictions and labels on you.
Be able to work with other talented makers.
Go on only if you are happy with what you are doing.
Is there a message that you are trying to portray through your work? Yes but you’ll have to find it alone.
Do you believe it is important to raise artistic awareness in your country? Of course it’s a piece of our culture and our education. We must not forget that artist played always a very important role through history in the making of our societies and kept alive the ethical aspects during our evolution.
In your opinion, how important is it to culturally educate through art? Its is very important, but for me culture and art is the same thing, you can’t separate them. So if you want to culturally educate someone you ‘ll have to introduce him to art, it cant be otherwise.
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