Olympic Heroes

 

For NOC-NSF and Y&R Not Just Film Amsterdam I directed a series of ten mini documentaries portraying Dutch Olympic heroes. The films where praised for their personal, in depth and human portrayal of the athletes.

The films where shot over a number of weeks on a shoe-string budget. We had to come up with a number of clever solutions to get cool shots, for example using a canoe being pulled by a rope to get tracking shots in front of the Olympic swimmer Marleen Veldhuis, or riding backwards on the coaches scooter on the speed track to get close ups of Theo Bos cycling at speed.

For the iconic hero shot which ended each film I worked together with Cees Alloserij to design and build a custom rig to have the camera fly around the athlete at speed.

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