Wed, 09 Jun 2021 09:26:47 GMT
Some say Damien Hope was born in a crib made of celluloid. True or not, Damien has probably spent more time on film sets that the rest of our team combined. He started his career as a young actor, working on productions from as early as 1992. Since then he has evolved from actor to assistant-director on dozens of commercials and longer format films.
Damien has a sharp eye for emotive storytelling and beautiful cinematography, combined with a talent to let even small stories shine big.
Name: Damien Hope
Repped by: Eyeforce in Amsterdam & Cape Town
Awards: Finalist Gouden Loekies (dank aan de Zorg 2020)
Damien> The cool thing is that every script is different. It’s always a new world with subjects you sometimes don’t know a lot about and this gives you the opportunity to learn something new. I always try to find angles I’d like to explore. Whenever something not so “fancy” comes in, I still try to challenge myself to look for anything interesting.
Damien> I find it hard to go one way and one way only, but I’ve learned to always stick to the story first. What is it that you want to tell? Not how amazing the shots are going to be. The idea has to be clear and that is my main priority.
After that I start to look for the cinematic approach. What helps me sometimes is that when I’m stuck or feel uninspired, I scroll through stills and videos I saved or even photobooks to get new ideas.
Damien> It sure is important to do a bit of research, yet you don’t have to master it I guess. As long as you can translate and/or understand the feeling of the brand. I once wrote a treatment for a cryptocurrency company and decided to talk to a specialist to get to know the basics. This helped me a lot to understand this - to me - unfamiliar world.
Damien> Right now I’m really loving to bring my passion for music more to the foreground in my film work. I just finished a short music documentary that brought both my passions for film and music together. We hope to make a series out of it. It shows the artistry and dedication that lies behind musicians. Where does it come from? How much do they have to sacrifice to become as good as they are? The first episode shows Pablo van de Poel, guitar virtuose and extremely talented music producer from the Netherlands. I just finished the film and can’t wait to share this with the world soon…
Damien> What I love about prepping and working on projects is that a lot always seems to be impossible yet I guess in the end you never see this on the screen when it’s finished. Shoes that didn’t fit the model that had to climb up mountains. The endless rain or a snowstorm during the making of something that should have a summer feel. A huge cruise ship in the background of the shot that must be removed. It just never seems to be undoable. It keeps everybody creative with what we have in front of us and that’s kind of magical to me.
Damien> I see it as a relationship. You always have to adjust in some ways to come to something bigger than yourself or your own idea. In the end it’s not your piece of art but an assignment and for that I love to create work together. So whether it’s with creatives of a creative agency or directly with a client, in my opinion it can only get better if we work together and not separately.
Damien> Yes I am. In fact I would love to see that film students get/take more time to go on sets before they start directing or shooting films themselves. I’ve learned so much from thousands of hours as a runner and later on assisting directors.
Damien> I always try to make sure I have that covered in pre production so during the shoot I can focus on my idea. Yet we sometimes have to keep in mind the framing for all formats and that sucks, but it’s the way it is.
Damien> I must say I’m not so much a technical person. That doesn’t mean I don’t like it or don’t use VFX. My key goal is to always accompany myself with a crew that has a lot of knowledge and experience. My DP I work with the most, Floris van der Lee, always helps me out when it comes to technical challenges or vfx ideas that I have.
1. Waternet - A short tribute film to bring awareness to the dykes of Amsterdam with a poem by Sef.
2. Thank you caretakers - A thank you to all caretakers around the world after the pandemic started (finalist Goeden Loekies)
3. First of August - A fashion brand film for a unique Amsterdam based clothing brand
4. Menzi - Inspired by a story on Drum Majorette girls in South Africa we set out to give this fantastic socio cultural phenomenon a bigger platform.view more - The DirectorsEyeforce, Wed, 09 Jun 2021 09:26:47 GMT