I have also directed and co-written a couple of short films. One day I asked on facebook who was keen to shoot a short film with me. To my surprise it resulted in creating a lot of projects with a team we created called ‘Take23’ that got bigger and more varied every year.
A competition in which you have to write, shoot and finalise a short film within 48 hours. During the competition there are 3 ingredients that everyone has to use. In this case they were: A passport as a prop. A cook called ‘Jacques Castelijn’. The sentence was “Pretty cool for the first time.” and our theme was ‘Superheroes’. It is my favourite.
There is a travelling theatre festival called “de Parade”. A lot of big and small tents travelling from city to city entertaining their visitors with theatre, music and food. One day I decided to write a theatre show about an old circus and proposed it to them. To my big surprise we were playing it, in one of the biggest tents at “de Parade”, the year after.
We presented it as a live-documentary about a circus from 1936. Unbeknowst to the audience, the performers would walk out of the film and performed ‘stunts’ on stage. We shot a nine minute film about the fictitious circus “Lestica” with the take23 crew. The audience totally believed it, until we started walking out of the screen. The ‘stunts’ we did, were actually magic tricks disguised as dangerous stunts. I got my first magic kit when I was ten, so that is when I started doing magic. I have been walking around with a deck of cards in my pocket for the last twenty five years.
A story of a dementing grandfather telling the story of his daughter’s wedding to his grandaughter We placed first from among the 6000 entries. We also won best costumes, best writing and best directing. So, take a cup of tea, five minutes of your time and do yourself a favor and watch it.
I like the akwarness of clowns and high school movies. So, why not combine them and have someone jump of the roof on top of that!
With a fish eye-lens scotched taped to an old vid.camera, Marco Grandia started filming his skateboarding friends. An interest in film and skateboarding combined with a DIY attitude launched Marco’s professional career.
After directing more than sixty music videos he expanded his knowledge about film by directing commercials and short films with his own original approach. His work has been viewed hundreds of millions of times in a career that spans over 20 years. From smaller films with hearth and soul to big-budget productions with complicated post-production, he always ensures to add a lot love to the project and the people he works with.