Do you prefer being a single shooter or working with a team?
"I started out as a 'one man band', even when I was a painter and a musician (I used to play drums with my feet at the same time as playing a guitar and singing). But I was not really happy. I now work with a small team, including a production designer, a gaffer and a camera assistant, and we give each other strength for dealing with every kind of filming situation."
You direct music videos, short films and commercials. Which gives you the most freedom as a filmmaker?
"With music videos and short films, I'm quite free to follow my instinct, although there are – of course – some compromises to be made with music promos. There are more compromises when it comes to commercials, but if a job starts to stray too far from my vision, I simply tell the client that I'm not the right person."
Regarding the technical side of video, which developments are most important to your work?
"I like to shoot in 4K RAW because I want to record every little nuance of colour in the scenes and I want my work to be future-proof. I also love to shoot at 60p to emphasise certain emotions."
Throughout your career, you've focused on the visual arts. How do you find the writing side of things?
"I very much enjoy it. Something magical happens while you are writing, ideas come in a strange way. You can spend hours trying to write something and then in one second an entire story pops in your mind."
What has been the best advice given to you by another filmmaker or director?
"Great cinema is not about finding far-flung locations and spending a lot of money. Great stories can be told with what you have near you every day, you have only to find the right point of view. This concept was not told to me by one person in particular, but it is the sum of what I understand from studying some great directors."