I like to think
this is sort of a cross between
a short-order cook and a
- Walter Murch ("Apocalypse Now") on editing.
“Kino” is the word for “cinema” or “movie theater” in German, Russian and Norwegian. A kitchen is a place where food is created and prepared from basic ingredients.
All these are carefully mixed and arranged to give the final product – a film. We love to tell stories. Telling a story from the heart makes a movie alive. It's what gives it its soul. And rhythm is what makes this soul breathe. Everything is rhythm in life: our hearts that beat, the sound of our shoes walking on the street, the clock ticking away the seconds. Our entire world is defined rhythm.
These two elements are the back bone of every project of KK: Storytelling & Rhythm.
As in an inventive kitchen, reaching ones objective requires skill, intuition and instinct. Too much salt will ruin a meal. Two frames too many can completely alter the drama of a scene.
Offline editing / directing & script writing
Eighth Avenue, Manhattan.
My ex-girlfriend, a skyscraper, a balcony and a breath-taking view.
I’m 34 years old, feeling lost, don’t really know what I want to do with my life.
I’ve done so many things, tried, screenwriting, copywriting, alternative medicine, DJ. Shit, I even learned to play the Darbuka.
“You should study film editing”, said my ex, interrupting my thoughts.
“Yeh right” I respond.
“I can’t even open a WORD document.”
“You love to tell stories, you have a great love and knowledge of music, great sense of rhythm, you’re drawn to aesthetics.
You will overcome the technical obstacles.”
South Tel-Aviv, Israel.
"Jump-Cut" school of editing.
I’m cursing my ex for coming up with this idea while I sit there flushed and sweating, trying to figure out how I’m going to make my first cut.
It wasn’t an exciting and riveting creation, but something felt right, natural,
I felt like I finally found my place in the world.
Eight years have passed.
Ten thousands of cuts, hundreds of drafts, un-numbered stories told, dramas, 3 short films where I was the director, emotion that transferred, music that swept.
I haven’t been back to Manhattan since, but I’m sure when I go back, a big smile will appear on my face and with it,
a great gratitude for my ex.
Offline editing / color grading / cinematography /
directing & script writing
That was part of my daily bread & butter back in the Academy.
As you might have guessed, it wasn't a film school.
I started my career as dancer & choreographer in 1996 in the Rotterdam Dance Academy. But already back then, Film was my second big love, so I decided to create a dance film instead of one of my yearly exam dance presentations.
If I knew, how much work that was, I would have never done it.
Luckily, I didn’t. And being even more lucky, RUN 5.19 became a big success.
Film stayed in my life ever since and ran parallel with my stage career. Editing & choreographing have a lot in common: Both are about space and time, but mainly rhythm, rhythm...and rhythm. Editing is creating a dance of images.
Over the years, I added other skills to my tool set: Cinematography, Color Grading & After Effects. I worked as director, editor & cameraman in Israel, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain & Palestine.
Between 2000-2016, I created numerous works for theatres & art academies, performed in many productions myself and worked as director and/or editor on many film productions all over Europe and the Middle East.
In 2005, I was privileged to premier my first big dance film at the International Film Festival in Rotterdam.
My first feature, the comedy documentary “the holycoaster s(HIT) circus” won the Swiss Bern Film Prize 2016.
The privilege of being able to create something, that touches the emotions of people - either on stage or on a screen - never ceased to fascinate and inspire me ever since.