|Filmmaker, producer, climber to
North Col (7000m).
Born in Venlo, a small town in the south of the Netherlands.
After moving to Amsterdam (1996), I started studying, to
become a documentary cameramen. While I was in my last year
I reacted on a job as a nature filmmaker and spend the last
5 year doing this on the most beautiful spots. From a young
age I was always interested in working for good projects. So
I did a lot of work for Greenpeace and in the last years
also the filming projects for the Music Mayday Foundation,
in Africa. Since 2 years, Iím focusing myself more and more
on mountaineering and specially the filming part of it.
As you can believe, this project is really the perfect thing
for me, to combine my filming passion with the
charity-character of it.
Since 2005 co/owner of deepeei (dutch picture industry)
|My climbing experience started
in 2003 where we did the Monta Rosa trek. After this
experience it was pretty clear for me that I would continue
in these amazing surroundings. Then in 2004 i did some
course for walking in high alpine areas and in december 2004
I climbed to high camp on Kilimanjaro, after filming for 2
weeks in Tanzania. Then in 2005 I went for a trek to the
Vogezen and later on the Alps (French side). In september I
did a C1 ice and rocks course in Austria for 10 days. In
between i did a few weekend treks in the arden or just in
Holland (Utrechtse heuvelrug)). That's it Folks.
Favorite place in the world
|My favourite place in the world
is in Wallis (CH). This place is so different from the rest
of the world because the mountains are so wild and tight to
eachother. It looks like you're walking in a big scrambled
Best day of
My best day of filming was on a Dutch island
(Schiermonnikoog). We had the oppertunity to sit and wait on
the end of the island. When the water was coming up all the
birds where moving towards our side. So we had beautiful big
clouds off birds, doing their ballet, by flying all
together, in our lens to capture.
What I expect from this project, that it will be by so far
the hardest thing i ever did in my life. The combination of
filming at that altitude is new for me, but I'm sure I will
love it. For the project itself, I always have a good
feeling in doing things I'm totally supporting. If we could
only help one person in seeing again, it already would make
it worth for me.
What should be the audience's reaction after seeing the
First of all, I hope that they will see a difference in the
way of filming a expedition professionally instead of the
images you mostly will see from climbers, wich will leave a
more intense memory of the area. Then of course, I would be
very pleased if people will be touched by the emotions they
gonna see, by climbing this mountain and all the struggling
will we have there. Especially the climb for Thomas will be
very hard as he is losing his sight on the mountain, we have
to capture this in a very aestetic way. Was that your
want to share?
|I hope that people will
understand the urge of raising money for these projects.
Just for a small amount of money, you can help people to see
again or to live a healthier life, without inhaling all the
deadly fumes. So
help them out..