Jaap Ruurd FeitsmaMember Since 20 Jul 2018
Offline Last Active Jan 15 2019 06:07 AM
I am a freelance artist who specialises in visual storytelling. With a background in both multimedia and film studies, I work under the name of Feitsma Visuals and I am available as a conceptor, director, camera operator, cinematographer, photographer & Virtual Reality (VR) creative. I am experienced in a variety of productions, such as documentaries, music videos and TV/online commercials, interactive web based content and narrative fiction. These are often told through various forms of Transmedia storytelling and World Building methods and techniques. Wether this is for a specific brand, a certain story or a company, I consider the choices made on (hypo)diegetic levels of the utmost importance.
Apart from productional services, I am often asked to create concepts for a project. While doing this, I always keeps in mind the target audience, the story and the creative elements, the marketing strategies and last but not least: the end product(s). What should it look & feel like for the target audience? What kind of experience and emotions should the audience take with them afterwards? Every piece of the puzzle —created from that general idea in the beginning, right up to the end of the finishing touches in post-production— are equally important. The finished project should reach viewers on a certain emotional level that only the chosen medium can achieve (e.g. film, photography, VR).
With interests in cultural diversity, history, anthropology, nature, Transmedia, world building and branding, my work has taken me around the world to over forty-five countries and counting. Working with different cultures, on different locations under ever changing circumstances —from luxury resorts to the off-the-beaten-track outdoors in extreme weather conditions— brought me new experiences that helped me fulfil my passion for telling stories visually.
I have worked for an extensive list of clients including the BBC, Subaru, Red Bull, Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts, several NGO's and many more.
On occasion, I also teach film, VR and photography as a lecturer, mentor and film instructor at the NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. I can be hired for film, VR and photography workshops and masterclasses or as consultant on a specific project. My background in education made me notice the power and necessity of education in general and of sharing knowledge and hands-on training in the field.
I was born in 1984 and am currently based in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. I am available internationally.
Worked in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, UK, USA, Canada, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Czech Republic and Slovakia, Bulgaria, Portugal, Morocco, India, Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Maldives, China, Australia & Tasmania, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa for brands like Nike, Subaru, BMW, BBC, American Crew, Red-Bull and many more.
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EU based (currently in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands - The European Capital of Culture 2018)
I don't own any (cinema) camera's, but typically work with various RED's and ARRI's (mainly Alexa Mini), Blackmagic's URSA Mini (Pro) and Panasonic Cinema VariCam LT
Cinematography, camera operating, directing, Virtual Reality