De Weg Van Alle Vlees

July 18 2013
After spending a delightfully fabulous week in a Moroccan town on holiday with my girlfriend, it was time to get back to work. Fortunately for me, I was asked some time ago if I had any interest in being the set photographer for a new short film by Deben Van Dam, a young man with enormous talents. Being surrounded by a group of motivated young people, all giving it their best was an experience I will cherish for a long time to come. But something that made this experience more intriguing than anything else was that everybody (bar the actors) was working on this project FOR FREE! Being a first hand witness to how current economic trends are affecting young creatives, it baffled me how much energy was put forward by everybody present to make it as great a movie as we possibly could. 

Apart from the not-so-everyday-setting (a home for dementing elderly people), I needed to keep my wits about me as lighting situations were far from comfortable. At times the crew was filming in pleasantly lit spaces with big windows and I felt comfortable shooting at ISO 200, f 5.6 and 1/500 sec. Other times, the lighting was tuned to an absolute minimum to get the right atmosphere (during our night shoot, from 18H until 7H in the morning) and I needed to push my settings towards a more grainy ISO 1600 with an f4 on 1/30 sec and still end up with more black in my shot than any colour. But I enjoyed it a lot, met some lovely folks and made some good, new friends. And isn't that why I got into this profession in the first place?