A train and its passengers
"The first spark for the short film Terminus was a simple line: 'A girl on a train, carrying an urn', a line that was given to me by a co-writer I used to work with. Just that. She hadn’t developed this idea to a script version, but allowed me to work further on this concept, since I liked this promising starting point. I just sat down and started to write, resulting in many drafts, various endings, changes of perspective and at least ten draft versions."
"A train and its passengers: An intriguing concept. When people are travelling, surrounded by passengers they don’t know, they will secretly observe each other. At least, I do. And then I often wonder: Where are they going? What are their jobs? How are they feeling? There are always assumptions about people you don't know, but you can never tell if they are true. This basic idea set everything in motion. I kept working on the script, even after rehearsing with my actors, resulting in less and less dialogue, which I think is good."
"For more than thirty years I have worked as an independent director and writer, mainly for shows and drama series for television. It turned out to be a difficult process to make a switch from directing TV productions to making films, as both work fields are more or less different islands."
"Often, I developed proposals for the various initiatives of the Dutch public broadcasters aimed at the development and stimulation of film talent, unfortunately without results. Not one of the ideas was selected. That's why I decided to produce the film myself. With the help of a lot of people in my network, also working in the TV and film industry, I was able to make Terminus on a professional basis, which was an important precondition for me from the start."
"At the beginning of the writing process, while developing the main characters, I already had two actors in mind for the film. I had worked with them before; with the lead actress, Joy Verberk, I had worked in a documentary drama and with the lead actor, Sander van Amsterdam, I had worked as a production assistant at that time but he was also an actor. They weren't even invited for a casting, which obviously is very unusual. I just asked them if they would like to join the project and they responded enthusiastically. I knew from the start that they could nail it, and they didn't disappoint me once."