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Square 2013

It’s the third time I was part of the so called Square Journaal (translation: Square News). This time, we didn’t really do a news show, instead we made it like a short movie, aimed at teenagers.

Our story: Baroness Lulu von Pfirsch, the main character, wants to destroy Square, a large Christian teen event in the Netherlands. In three episodes we see her trying to achieve this goal. How it ends? Well, I guess you should watch all three episodes to find out.

As soon as the episodes hit the web, I’ll post them here as well. For now, I can only share a music video, which is a parody on this well known kids-song by famous Dutch duo Bassie and Adriaan (the original song starts at 3:42). Consider the music video as a bonus, because that’s what it is. Enjoy.

Talkshow-in-a-church

Regular readers of this blog know I’m involved with Bolder75. It’s a talkshow-in-a-church concept which we developed and produced ourselves. It was quite a challenge to find out what set we needed, how and where the guests should sit, where to position the cameras, and on and on. As time progressed, we got better and raised the bar each time.

Above, I included a short compilation of the April 13th broadcast. This was the seventh Bolder75 episode we produced. I think it looks great and it’ll be quite a challenge to improve on it. But we’re gonna try this Sunday. In the (eighth) episode, Piet Paulusma will be one of the guests. It’s something to look forward to.

Until then… I’m just gonna enjoy the compilation of last month.

The contrast of Festival 316

Several days ago, I was part of the Festival 316 video crew. Me and seven team members were responsible for the live video broadcast of this great event. The thing I love most about this particular festival is the contrast between the ‘day before’ and the show itself.

Check out the two images below. The first one shows the empty tent which we filled with lots and lots of technology including five camera’s and a fully equipped control room. This all happened on the day before the actual show took place. The second image (a still image from this video – not our broadcast) shows the same tent, during the final hour of the show, with 4000 people going crazy. And the remarkable thing, less then two hours later, the entire tent was completely empty again. Oh boy, I had a great time!

Above – The empty Festival 316 tent (Friday, 9AM)

Above – The filled tent (Saturday, around 11PM)

Koning Willem Alexander - Koningin Maxima - Amalia - Alexia - Ariane - kroning Amsterdam

Meet the new Dutch royal family

On April 30, 2013, I was one of the tens of thousands of people who stood outside the royal palace on Dam Square in Amsterdam. Via huge screens, we watched Queen Beatrix end her 33-year reign with the stroke of a pen, signing the act of abdication in the palace. Doing so, she transferred power to her son, the Prince of Orange who’ll be the first king in 123 years. It was a historic moment for sure!

After a short wait, the new king, queen and their three daughters emerged on a balcony above the square. It was great to see King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima, Princess Catharina-Amalia, Princess Alexia and Princess Ariane from this close (see my photo above).

Any rational person would say a monarchy is nonsense and we should get rid of it. However, I just think we’re very lucky to have Willem-Alexander and Maxima as our new king and queen. I wish them all the best!

Meanwhile in Amsterdam…

Tomorrow, Queen Beatrix abdicates the throne, thus her son Willem-Alexander becomes King. This all happens in Amsterdam, which is now buzzing with activity.

Today, I was fortunate to see the Queen on the last full day of her reign. This unedited video (above) is shot at the rear entrance of the Royal Palace on Dam Square.