Born in the year of our lord 1972 in the heart of CPH, Denmark.
I still live in the center of CPH with my family - my base for working and travelling all over the world.
I’m a DIY director of photography since 2001, coming up through the ranks of the Danish film industry since 1993; mainly in the light department as an electrician, as a best boy and as a gaffer. My day job was in the light department and shooting low budget shorts and music promos on the side until finally making the transition to Director of Photography in 2001.
I’m a versatile cinematographer, able to do most genre and styles, in commercials/corporate image/music promos, fiction/features and documentary.
Years of experience in commercials, corporate image films and my involvement in TV-series (flow TV) has given me an understanding of the combination of art, auteurisme and a more commercial way of presenting a narrative and the involved actors/talent. It has taught me how to embrace these different factors into "my film making".
It's important for me to be involved in the creative process as early as possible, as late as possible and as much as possible.
Being involved early in the creative process and in the collaboration with the director and production designer, makes way to be well prepared for the shooting process and through that preparation make way for being able to divert from the plan, to have the possibility of making creative changes on set to enhance the narrative; "prepared spontaneity through intuition and creativity".
All the way through a production I will go to great efforts to find and explore the flaws, the faults and the imperfections, exploit them and use them to the films advantage - as a part of the films aesthetics.
Establishing the camera and the visuals as an emotional engine.
The object is to create a freer visual dramaturgy that develops alongside and supports the narrative dramaturgy.
I always want to do what I haven’t done, it’s all a process without an end. Keep evolving, keep creating. Always having the urge to create, I get tired when I don’t work.
MY VISUAL CREDOS:
-The narrative / the script is “God”
Everything has to relate to the narrative. It’s the ”A” of any given film. The “A” as a jazz concept, where if in doubt go back to “A”, where everybody involved in the creative process, always have a point to return to if you feel you creatively diverted to much from the original starting point.
The visual concept has to relate to the narrative and the overall premise.
-Gifts of chance / Gift of Coincidence
Be open to "magical" moments that occurs in spur of the moment. Flaws and imperfections is a chance.
- Embrace the mistakes, flaws and imperfections
Don't fear mistakes, there are none. "It's not that you make them, it's what you do with them".
- Obstacles - "A stone in the shoe"
We need to challenge the actors and the camera, get them out of their comfort zone, get them to make "mistakes" that we can use creatively. Embrace the part where you loose control.
Weavers of the Navajos create purposeful mistakes in their
design to free their minds.
- Prepared spontaneity through intuition and creativity
“The Ellington-principal”; a tight plan with a loose hand.
Control and vision; set up the scene with great opportunity to act spontaneous, hereby create an opportunity for a “SOLO”; keep as much open for as long as possible.
- Every frame is a "Rembrandt"
Every object & color must serve a purpose in the visual narrative; nothing in frame is a coincidence,
Every location and frame needs to add substance to the scene and relate to the overall premise, help the narrative move forward.
-Always move forward, never look back and don’t repeat yourself
"Obtain freedom thru testing and pushing the bounds of reality, the bounds of society and the bounds of your own ability." - Gandhi.
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