Come Create w/ Camille Boumans

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Skandl’s Come Create interview series is your gateway to insider knowledge from creatives in careers ranging from directing to graphic design.

We’re a branding and communications agency, and we’ve selected the interviewees for this series based on our admiration for their work and attitude, in order for them to talk about their field and their experiences.

This time we hear from Camille Boumans [https://www.camilleboumans.com/], a filmmaker who draws on modern aesthetics and utilises intimate cinematography. Her photography has been featured in the Contemporary Boys magazine, has worked on videos for A$AP Ferg, and Amsterdam fashion brands The New Originals and Nelson/Johnson. On top of that, she also has experience being part of the conceptualising pre-production process.

The Young Capital TV commercial is a good demonstration of my style. That was a project where I could go crazy with layers and collages. That is something I really like to do: experimenting with layers, to see what happens if I put a certain layer over another one and changing the way they blend with each other. This creates a raw feeling, which I think is present in a lot of work of mine.

When I was really young I used to make little silly videos and tried to edit them. My love for film was there from a young age. When I was 16 I started studying Audio Visual art in a vocational school, there I learned the basics of editing software and camera/grip. The creative part of my work is self-taught, though of course influenced by the people around me, but I am still learning every day and I don’t think that will ever stop.

When I film I usually use the Black Magic Pocket. What lens I use depends on the project and what I want to shoot. For photography, I recently bought the Olympus MJU 1 and I love it. On every shoot I also bring an Agfa disposable camera, which is quite a common brand to find in the Netherlands. Sometimes I research to see how I can achieve a certain look, and sometimes I figure it out by just doing it and trying things

I believe that in the process to create your own style it is okay to look at other artists. Don’t copy things, look at it and let it inspire you to make something of your own. But don’t be too busy with trying to find your own style, because that is already in you. Be curious, discover things, and create, and your own style will rise! You can make it too difficult for yourself if your goal is to keep trendy. If you are happy with your own work it doesn’t really matter if it’s considered trendy.

For insights, I watch NegativeFeedback on YouTube, hosted by George Muncey. He’s a photographer, and in his videos he tests and reviews all sorts of analog cameras. I also have a lot of magazines that I like to read, for example: i-D, Another men, YOUTH II. Vimeo is a good place if you want to find new people and new work. Elsewhere, Daniel Sannwald’s work really inspires me. He is an all-round creative and I love the rawness of his work. Another artist is Anton Reva, a photographer and visual artist. He is a master of layering. A lot of music artists are also really inspiring for me, for me, music often works as the base for a concept.

An (online) portfolio is really important. The key to getting the jobs you want is to get noticed by the right people. I use my Instagram and my website for that. But most of my job applications and chats with people from the industry go via my Instagram. It’s like my online business card. 

In terms of getting work, that began with people dropping my name to other people. When that happened a lot it worked best for me to have a lot of meetings with people in the industry. Once or twice a week I go to Amsterdam to meet people, agencies and production companies who have contacted me by email or Instagram or heard my name somewhere. It is important to get to know the person behind the work. Talk to people! Don’t be afraid to message an inspirational source of yours. Get into conversations. 

The best way to deal with feedback is to be open to someone who is speaking from another perspective, but also to not forget your own opinion.

My special spot in Amsterdam [where her profile pictures where taken] is Lokaal ‘t Loosje, on the Nieuwmarkt. A big part of my family grew up upstairs and worked downstairs in their own shop, before it was café. This was during and before World War II. At first, they were known for selling bikes in that store, and later on they sold a bit of everything. Starting your own shop/business is really a family thing. My grandparents eventually opened their own hotel, my mother had her own clothing/concept store, and when I was 18 I was already registered as a freelancer.