showcase amsterdam issue 154 Mar 2009Featuring creative talent and services from the most exciting production locationsWelcome to the latest issue of Showcase Amsterdam, brought to you by Production Paradise. We present the latest news from leading professionals currently at work in the Dutch visual media industry, with more information available in our dedicated Photo and Film directories.
Be sure to check out our featured events:
- Imagine - Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival, 15th - 26th April. The AFFF celebrates its 25th edition with films ranging from the mainstream to art-house across all genres, including sci-fi, anime, fantasy and horror.
- Holland Festival, 4th - 28th June. The crème-de-la-crème from the fields of opera, dance, music and theatrical performance.
- Foam is
currently showing the 'Avedon Photographs 1946-2004' touring
- photo agents
Lenn Fotografen Amsterdam photo agents
Amsterdam based Lenn fotografen represents professionals working in still life, landscape, people and reportage photography.
Photographers include Maarten de Groot, Denis Koval and Matthijs van Roon, who work on advertising campaigns and editorial shoots.
Lenn also offers a full service photo production agency.
Advertising clients include: 180 Amsterdam, TBWA Paris, Grey Amsterdam, Grey Istanbul, UbachsWisbrun/JWT, Lowe and FHV/BBDO.
Witman & Kleipool Amsterdam photo agents
Witman Kleipool has been operating as a photographers' agent since 1997 and recently opened a new film department, WK Comma. The company also represents set designer Gloudy and runs two rental studios in which it provides full production services. Recent news includes:
- Gloudy designed and made a huge set for a film and photo shoot by Ruud Baan with artist Bang Bangs.
- Director and photographer, Ruud Baan, shot a complete series of 2009/2010 programme posters for The National Ballet.
- Photographer Maarten Kools shot portraits for
- Director and photographer, Marc de Groot, recently travelled to Curacao to shoot Yfke Sturm on a naval ship. Marc created amazing photos of Yfke while the Dutch navy was in hot pursuit of drug runners.
- Photographer Bart Oomes shot a special production for Kenzoki.
David de Jong Photography Amsterdam advertising photographers
David de Jong has been in charge of a successful freelance operation for almost 13 years, encompassing commercial, editorial and corporate assignments around Europe. Clients include Citroën, Volvo, VW AG, Audi, Seat, Mitsubishi, BMW, Porsche, Daihatsu, Spyker Cars, Jaguar, Pelican Hearst, Big Black Book, Readershouse Brand Media, Carros, George Paint it Blue, and many of the major advertising agencies.
Recent work for:
- Mitsubishi Colt, European launch campaign.
- Mitsubishi L200, European campaign.
- Jaguar XKR, Dutch billboard campaign.
- VW Golf, Tiguan and Passat.
- Audi Magazine, studio shots of Audi Coupé S, Audi 100, Audi Quatro, Audi A5.
- Big Black Book editorial shoot, 'Men and Their Toys'
(cars, helicopters, boats, etc.).
Hansdevries Photography Amsterdam beauty photographers
Passionate Amsterdam-based photographer, Hans de Vries, clearly learned his tricks in the Dutch fashion industry.
Dutch talents, from long standing favourite Yfke Sturm to Ymre Stiekema, have all passed in front of his lens. In many instances, the eye-catching picture that launched their careers will have come from Hans' camera.
Hans is currently expanding his playground. His eye for high quality glamour and style can be found in everything he does. His unique approach, his raw and edgier work, serves to ensure artistic beauty.
Commercial campaigns include Keune, Samsung and Maybelline. Editorial clients include Jackie magazine, FHM, Esquire, JFK, Cosmopolitan, Vision China and Profile Switzerland.
Jaap van den Beukel Amsterdam advertising photographers
Barcelona-based Dutch photographer, Jaap van den Beukel, has worked freelance for advertising and design agencies in the UK, the Netherlands and Belgium, shooting annual reports and b2b products. He currently shoots people, portraiture and fashion assignments for clients and personal projects.
Jaap's subjects are photographed in settings where both background and model are equally important, and his way of lighting a set lends a surrealistic atmosphere to many of his images. Over the past few months, Jaap completed campaigns for clients RET, Forbo and AGFA, and throughout 2008 put a lot of effort into his personal project entitled 'Gross'.
Clients include: Unilever, Shell, AGFA, Danone (Numico), Senternovem, Nestlé, Forbo, RET, Stivoro, ING, SNSReaal, SNS-Bank, GGD, CNV, The City of Rotterdam, ZLM, Olympia, Sigma, AEB, Frigoglass, EVD, Belastingdienst.
Personal projects include: 2006 - 'Once were Heroes', homeless people photographed as models. 2007 - 'Invisible', portraits of Dutch prisoners in Morocco. 2008 - 'Gross', theatrical images.
Simon Warmer Amsterdam advertising photographers
Known for making common things interesting, Simon Warmer is classified as a still photographer by advertising agencies despite the fact that much of his work is shot on location.
He prefers to shoot everything in one shot and likes to keep post production as simple as possible. However, all of his images go through post, and he sees Photoshop as a modern-day dark room.
If he feels it to be unnecessary, Simon prefers not to composite in order to keep things as genuine as they are in real life.
See his website for more information.
- photo production
Produktie! Jan Ruinard Amsterdam photo production
Over this past year, Produktie! Jan Ruinard has worked for both national and international clients including Total, Mitsubishi, Achmea and Eneco. As always, the company's aim is to create the conditions that allow photographers to fully concentrate on the creative aspects of a shoot.
Working in close partnership with photographers, Produktie! Jan Ruinard takes care of all the organisational aspects of a photo production.
Following a shoot in Shanghai (and after a few beers!), Art Director Dave Caroll came up with a new slogan for the company: "Your problem is our challenge."
- photo post production
Magic Group Amsterdam retouching
Since the founding of Magic Amsterdam in 2000 and Magico Barcelona in 2006, Magic has worked in partnership with some of the world's most renowned art directors and photographers.
Magic has assembled a group of creative digital retouchers, CGI artists and illustrators who continuously achieve work of the highest standard. Some of their most eye-catching and award winning creative projects can be found on the company's website.
The team's specific qualities and specialist knowledge can be adapted to the needs of every individual job. Magic always looks for the best route to optimise creative output without loosing sight of timing and cost control.
- film production companies
Holland Production Services Amsterdam commercial production
Holland Production Services offers dedicated production services that focus entirely on client needs. The company understands how difficult it can be to shoot abroad and so provides professional knowledge, dedicated suppliers and trusted friends to make clients feel at home.
Recent productions include a BMW commercial for Spanish Alamo Films, a commercial for Korean investment company Woori for Keystone Films, a series of TV idents for Kemistry out of the UK, a Honda photo shoot for Twin Planet based in Tokyo and LA, and a Toyota commercial for Japan, shot in Brussels with Ewan McGregor for PMC Global.
The company's credo is "Service, Service and more Service! Let's keep it simple and make it fun!" Check the website for more information.
Fat Fred's Service Company Amsterdam commercial production
Fat Fred's Service Company is a full service production company located in the heart of Amsterdam. The company provides production services for film and photographic shoots for both the Dutch and international markets. Fat Fred's provides quality services for every part of the production process, including location scouting, casting, crew, equipment, studio, accommodation, transportation and post production.
Recent film productions include a Victor&Rolf 'catwalk show' (the first ever virtual catwalk show), a combined film and stills shoot for Nike 'Here I Am', a TV commercial for Lactacyd with director Robert Nylund, a C1000 TV commercial with Johan Tappert, a combined film and stills shoot for Adidas Originals, and photographic work with photographer Thirza Schaap for Nuon (N=5) and Nutricia/Nestlé (Studio Dumbar). The company also recently shot campaigns for Nivea and Ben&Jerry's.
- post production
Studio De Keuken Amsterdam sound/ music recording studios
Studio De Keuken and Dangerous Kitchen Music work on music composition, sound design and voice casting, providing a true integration of all things audible.
With seven sound studios, three multi-talented composers and five sound designers, the company creates all kinds of soundtracks for brands and agencies worldwide.
In 2008, the company won the prestigious ADCN Lamp for 'Excellence in Sound & Music in The Netherlands'. A silver Clio, four gold awards at the New York Festivals in 2007, and gold at ProMax/BDA 2008 (twice), for North America and the world, are amongst its other titles.
Check both Studio De Keuken's website and this link to Dangerous Kitchen Music for recent work.
PPS/ Photographic Production Services Amsterdam location service and scouts
Based in Amsterdam, Guus Wensveen works for an international client base. Recent productions have included Nikon, BMW, Ameriprise USA, Statoil, Quinny, Sanlam SA, Yamaha, Nokia, FIFA '09 and Murphy's beer.
Guus offers a comprehensive and personal service encompassing research, location scouting and production for photographers and ad agencies around the world. He has worked throughout Europe, Africa, Australia and New Zealand, Asia (including China), North and South America and Canada.
711 Rent Amsterdam camera/ accessories photography
711rent recently opened the doors to its new Amsterdam store. Conveniently located in the city centre, 711 provides the same high quality service customers have come to expect from its Hamburg, Düsseldorf and Frankfurt stores.
711rent Amsterdam offers an experienced team, a 24/7 emergency support phone line, and a wide range of top quality products from brands including Arri, Profoto, Bron, Briese, Canon, Hasselblad, Phase One, Apple, and more.
Stop by and see the new space, check out the equipment, or just have a cup of coffee. Also, be sure to visit the company's new and updated website.
Thea Meulenberg Casting Amsterdam casting agencies
Thea Meulenberg Casting's many years of experience are a sign of how well-regarded the company is among European businesses. The company looks for the right character for the right part, working with all the main Dutch agencies to provide talent for top fashion and photography campaigns. Recent commercials cast by the company include:
- BMW with Barking Dog Film for TV Spain.
- Auping with Caramel Pictures for Selmore.
- New ING Films with Frederik de Groot for Canada TV.
- West Films for TV West NL.
- Zendium with Artcore for FHV.
- Coral Germany with Caramel Pictures for
- Activia with Maarten.NL for Y&R NL.
- Lindt Chocolate TV and print worldwide for Lindt Swiss.
- Vara with Maarten.NL for Y&R NL.
- Heineken Films for Hallo Academie.
- Postkrediet with HccNet for DSB Bank.
- Vitamaxx for Brucknerfisher Germany.
- Vliegwinkel for New Message.
- Davitamon for Ministry of Film.