How did the for this film idea come to you?
“I’ve been asked this question a lot, and I have no idea. Filmmaking, writing is a natural process for me, I can never recall when I an idea comes to me. It just does, it’s hard to explain.”
What was the process of writing the script like?
“It took about 5 months I think, until I got to the final draft. The co-producer Paul Ruven was a very helpful coach in giving the script more focus, and giving the characters more depth on paper. In total the script had around 20 drafts, haha. Of course the script changed during shooting, not a lot though. Most of the time it had to do with the details, details that, of course, matter.”
How did you prepare for the production?
“I’m very precise in my preparation. My script is like a child’s drawing; drawings and notes everywhere, it’s not like I really look at what notes I made, it’s to get the entire picture in my head. When we start shooting, I’ve played it in my head a thousand times already, so I have a solution and answer for anything that I encounter during shooting. That way I don’t encounter anything that I can’t handle during shooting and I never get anything I don’t want. I hate it if someone says: “We’ll see on set”. I think it’s a stupid risk to be honest, as long as you have a plan in your head, you can change it anyway you like on set. But at least you always have a back-up, and you don’t leave anything to chance. Leaving something to chance is the worst thing you can do in my experience. Preparation isn’t just important for the director though, it essential for every single person on set I think. If somebody hasn’t prepared for his or her function or role, or doesn’t take it very seriously, it always leads to problems, and usually, somebody else has to solve those problems. I find that very annoying and unprofessional, especially since the film and the hard work of the cast and crew that work on it, can start to suffer under those problems.”