Finding ideas in real life
"As much as I can, I try to find inspiration in the things that are happening in the world. I read the newspaper every day and almost every time there is at least one story interesting enough for screen adaptation. Reality is crazy. It constantly gets my creative juices flowing."
"Wild is about an egocentric man who gets confronted with new rules that apply in this new beautiful world he enters. Here everything is in harmony, so his misdemeanor falls out of place. In the end, he gets taken care of, and balance is restored. In this beautiful world, there is simply no room for assholes. To create this perfect, harmonious micro-cosmos, the story needed to take place in the most beautiful area of The Netherlands. The most southern point, right near the German and Belgian border, provided the right atmosphere. Hilly landscape, a lot of nature, picturesque villages and old-fashioned architecture."
"For some time I had this idea to make a short film about a man who keeps his surroundings in his grasp by misusing his powerful position in society. In the same period when I was trying to put something about this subject on paper, the #MeToo discourse started. It immediately became clear that this was a turning point. So for me it was impossible not to implement this in the story. Still, I never intended to make a film specifically about sexual misbehavior but in a more general way, about male dominance and how old standards suddenly become not so standard anymore."
Writing the script
"In total, it took me about 3 month to finish the script. But most of it was written in the first two weeks after I got the initial idea. I had this very clear image about the ending. I knew what the final shot had to be, and that made it easy for me to write. During that process I was mostly on my own. Sometimes I consulted the producer, because it can be dangerous to stay in your own writing bubble, but they gave me a carte blanche, also during shooting. I did not change anything about the script while I was shooting, but during the edit thee short scenes got cut out completely. The thing is, you make the same film three times. Once while writing, one time during the shooting, and later in the edit. And everytime it is a different film. In my opinion, a director should let go of the image in his mind when something interesting, possibly better, happens in front of him. Kill your darlings easily when they don't work the way you hoped they should."