showcase magazine Nov 2009brussels issue 184
Welcome to the latest issue of Showcase Brussels, brought to you by Production Paradise. We present the very best of the Belgian visual media industry, with more information available in our dedicated Film and Photo directories.
Be sure to check out our featured event:
- CFP Awards at the Mirano Continental Brussels, November 20th. The Belgian Association of Commercial Film Producers invites everyone from the production and advertising worlds to celebrate its annual awards evening and after-show party.
Our cover image was shot by Blondie And Does.
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Carisma Photographers Brussels photo agents
Carisma Photographers represents seven photographers from Germany, Spain, France, the USA, South Africa and Romania, as well as Imagina, an animation company from Bucharest.
Carisma increasingly offers production services to photographers looking to shoot in Brussels, a city rich in terms of locations, studios and casting options, and has access to top model agencies that book models in Paris and London at fantastic rates.
The company also provides executive production services in Europe to foreign-based TV commercial production companies. Carisma Photographers represents Lebanon-based Fantastic Film Factory.
C'est Chic Agency / House of Chic Brussels photo agents
C'est Chic is a Brussels-based photography, styling and make-up agency. Created seven years ago the company is directed by Belinda Cordier who has over 20 years experience in the fashion and advertising business.
The agency represents artists in both Brussels and Paris. Literally and figuratively a 'House of Chic', C'est Chic is filled with numerous professional talents. Enjoying the confidence of long-term clients, the agency manages its artists and their productions with an unrivalled passion and prides itself in combining commercial work in advertising and catalogues with a flexible creative approach.
Featured in this Showcase is a selection of recent work from the agency's artists and photographers.
Claudia Trucco Brussels photo agents
Considered Belgium's leading photographers' agency, Claudia Trucco represents a selection of professional photographers specialised in fashion and advertising.
Established 12 years ago, the agency has gained a significant position in the international market by focusing on fields such as fashion, beauty, landscape, car and food photography.
The agency also provides full service production for its photographers and clients.
Visit the website for more information.
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Photographes Brussels photo production
Photographes is a full service production company, created out of Denia Zerouali's unique perspective on imagery and the technical expertise she gained while working in France for more than 10 years as a professional photographer.
The concept of photographers being produced by a fellow photographer creates a new kind of relationship between the artist and the producer: a relationship that implies passion for photography and professional efficiency.
Based in Brussels, Photographes guarantees quality results based on 12 years of experience in photo shoot management in Belgium and around the world.
Who Killed Joe? Brussels photo production
Who Killed Joe? is a full service production company for film and photography projects. Specialised in advertising, the company offers a selection of photographers and directors with a wide range of portfolios to fit every kind of idea.
Who Killed Joe? uniquely combines film and photography within the same production company, making it easy to blend the best of both worlds in one production.
Individual portfolios and showreels are available on the company's website.
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Blondie and does Brussels advertising photographers
Blondie and Does are creative partners - in work and in life. He is an award-winning photographer and high-end retoucher, while she is a skilled make-up artist and hair stylist.
The pair joined forces around a year ago, producing a winning photo series for the first edition of 'Weekend Photo Award', a prestigious photographers' contest organised by Belgian magazine Weekend Knack. They also created a series of images nominated in the yearly Belgian 'Hairdressers Awards'.
Blondie and Does offer a full production service that includes photography, retouching, make-up, hair, styling, location scouting, model scouting, studio rental, and more. Their one-stop-shop approach makes communicating easy and transparent, an aspect that is much appreciated by clients.
Blondie and Does are always ready for new challenges and are currently looking for representation.
CiaN Photography - Olivier Vander Heyden Brussels beauty photographers
Olivier Vander Heyden was born in Brussels and has travelled all around the world as a freelance fashion photographer.
His productions focus on people and his diverse style lends itself well to meeting the creative needs of a wide array of clients.
With an eye towards lighting, Oliver enjoys producing images that communicate a story and capture emotions. He is available for advertising campaigns, catalogues, lookbooks, fashion, beauty, and lifestyle editorials.
Sander de Wilde Brussels advertising photographers
Sander de Wilde is an experienced Dutch photographer who is based in Brussels. His mantra: "Let's keep photography simple."
Over the past ten years Sander has developed his own unique style of high contrast, documentary-like images. He enjoys working both on location and in the studio.
"Whether it is with my portraits, fashion or documentary images, great pictures shouldn't need a lot of post production," he says. "Creativity is also about keeping productions small, flexible and effective."
Photo Van der Elst Brussels advertising photographers
From an early age, Jean-Pierre Van der Elst's passion has been photography.
Thanks to numerous years of practical experience he masters a large range of fields, including still life, culinary shoots and people. His daily motivation is to explore the unknown and to take up new challenges.
The 30 seconds film created for the IOM, made exclusively from material from his shoots, is one of the best examples of his talent.
Jean-Pierre is highly detail-conscious and works hard to deliver his clients' messages exactly as desired. He urges new partners to "try the experience of making a film with the lightness and the quality of image only a photographer can offer."
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LOVO Films Brussels commercials production
Since 2003, Bert Brulez and Francois Mercier have produced some of the most eye-catching commercials in the Belgian and European markets. Clients include Belgacom, Coca-Cola, Telenet, Yamaha, TDK, Mio, McDonald's, Gordon Beer, Center Parcs, Renault and Seat.
LOVO Films has won numerous national and international awards. The company operates in French, Dutch and English and offers great production services to foreign clients. In-house post production facilities are also available.
"We love what we do and you'll love how we do it."
Visit the website or contact Francois or Bert for more information.
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Condor Brussels Brussels editing
Condor Brussels is part of an international network of post production houses, with offices in Amsterdam, Berlin, Kiev and South Africa.
The company has been active in Brussels since 2002 building a small yet enthusiastic team with enough experienced people to realise every type of project.
Condor offers a complete post production service, from set supervision, grading, 3D animation, VFX and 2D motion graphics through to delivery.
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Aurelia Vandermeulen Brussels hair and make up artists
Following her studies in art, Belgian make-up artist Aurelia Vandermeulen worked for Chanel cosmetics.
Aurelia seized the initiative early in her career, contacting the most reputed Belgian photographers and studios where she worked on her first photo shoots. She rapidly convinced the professionals of her potential, and her talent and simplicity quickly gave access to a huge range of photographers and customers.
Her reputation is now firmly in place.
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Ingrid Deuss Brussels art buyers
Ingrid Deuss is an independent art buyer and producer. "Photography and illustration can make the difference between a nice idea and the Grand Prix," she says. "That's why it is worth the effort to call-in an experienced art buyer."
Ingrid will "move Heaven and Earth" to find the perfect match for her clients' projects. She loves searching for new and exciting talent and is experienced in developing contacts with national and international agents. Permanently following the latest movements, trends and exhibitions, she keeps a large database of photographers and illustrators and also provides full service production.
The pictures presented in this Showcase are from artists Ingrid has enjoyed working with over recent years.
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Matthias Lebeer Brussels commercials / advertising directors
Matthias Lebeer holds an MA in Film Direction from the RITS School of Cinematic Arts, Brussels. 'Brod Ludaka', his latest film, was shortlisted for the Academy Awards, 2008, for 'Best Short'.
In September, Matthias graduated from a film production class at the IAD, The Institut des Arts de Diffusion, with a thesis on the distribution of film.
He has also studied abroad at FAMU, the Prague film school, where he was inspired to make 'Brod Ludaka' that was shot on-location in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Since 2008, he has been active as a new talent in the publicity world for production houses Made in Brussels and In Case of Fire, Amsterdam.
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LA FABRIQUE 22a Brussels camera/ accessories photography
La Fabrique 22a is the number-one professional photo equipment rental partner in the Belgian market. The company places its expert knowledge and unique range of products at the disposal of every client.
From its Brussels base, La Fabrique 22a offers the latest generation digital equipment, fully equipped studios and digital assistants with more than 10 years experience.
Check the website for more information.