Peter Johan Nijland

Hot summer! Videos, photos and music!

Time goes by so fast, when you´re busy! I can´t believe that it´s already been so long since the last update. There´s lots of news so let me just jump right in!

Black Devil Disco Club
During the summer I got in contact with French electro legend Black Devil Disco Club's, Bernard Fevre. His remix album Magnetic Circus was coming out and he was looking to have videos made for the tracks, after some deliberation we agreed that I would do the video for "Magnetic Devil", a fantastic melancholy psychedelic track that sounds a bit like one of my favorite bands Boards of Canada.

Because of a strange coincidence, my original idea for the video had to be scrapped. Another filmmaker was working on a video for another track off the same album and had come up with much the same elements in his video. It was late summer before I was ready to shoot the first footage for the video. I had a beautiful actress to work with and we were very lucky to shoot on one of the last sunny days of the summer.

I did a rough edit on the video, but I felt that there was something lacking. I was not yet satisfied with the mood of the footage, I decided that the video needs a bit of a rough edge, something to make it a bit more dark. The track has this very subtle mix of sweet melancholy and something that is darker and more intense, so I wanted to reflect that in the images. In early October we shot additional footage and currently I am working on a new edit. I feel that there is just one more element missing and I'm hoping I'll be able to incorporate this and finish the video soon. Here's a screencap from the October shoot:

Earlier this year I shot a promo for my friend Distel. We were both very happy with the result and decided that we would shoot a full length video for the track "hxxx" off his upcoming album. Because of the mood of the track we decided that we wanted to film the video in an abandoned building, preferably in a ruin. After some searching we found a hotel that had been abandoned since the 1970's. It stands in the middle of a forest, alone, no roads leading up to it. We spent a day filming there, risking our lives under collapsing ceilings, treacherously unstable floors and lots of debris, broken glass. I'm still working on the edit, after the video is cut, it will need quite a bit of work with regard to coloring and effects, but I'm very excited about this one. It is going to be one crazy video! Some photos of the location and a preliminary screenshot:

Heroes For Ghosts - Behind The Scenes
I finally got ' round to editing and uploading the behind the scenes video for The Gathering's Heroes For Ghosts. It brought back great memories of the fun times we had shooting in Norway! The Gathering have a new album out called "Disclosure". If you haven't heard it yet, pick it up fast, because it's great! Here's the announcement and the two videos:

Upcoming Videos
At the moment I'm talking to The Gathering about doing another video to promote the new album, so that is something that might happen before the end of the year, depending on scheduling and budget. I really hope we'll be able to make it happen, because the album deserves a push! Also I'm still talking to my friend Robert Rodèlle about doing a video and I'm pretty sure that before long this will happen. I love his music and I think my images would fit perfectly. With a bit of luck and persistence, we'll be able to start filming before the end of the year.

As you may or may not know, I´m also a musician and photographer, and this summer has been quite productive on all fronts. So I decided that it would be a good idea to create a comprehensive online portfolio behind a very simple url: Here are two photos I took this summer and a track off my album The Oxytocin Party (free torrent download):


Don't you just long for summer, when it's this cold? =)

It's been some time since I've updated the blog, that's because I've been very busy over the last months. In my regular life, I have a job and in October, that job changed. I now have to travel up to 4 hours every day back and forth from work. It's a fun job, but the traveltime kills me (and much of the things I plan to do).

I haven't yet found a good solution for mobile blogging to Drupal, so as long as that's not possible, the updates to the site will be sporadic, probably... However... That does not been that I haven't been filming. No sir. Let me tell you what's going on.

The Space Between
In my last post I talk about the auditions for our new short film The Space Between. Well, after a few more rounds of auditions we've finally managed to cast all the actors for the film. We needed three male and two female actors, preferably from various countries, to make it an international cast. Well, we succeeded in that! We have actors from Ireland, the United States, the Netherlands and Brazil.

Up first is a last overhaul of the script, writing the shooting script and then rehearsals can start. I hope we'll be able to start rehearsals in March and I would love to start photography in May at the latest. Not that there's really a rush, but I'm excited to get started on this. I'll keep you posted!

Distel Promo
My friend Distel asked me to shoot a promo for his upcoming Ultra performance. I loved his idea for the promo, so one Sunday afternoon we set up in my bathroom and started shooting. Strobe lights, a TV set to white noise and a part of the stagedesign used by my old band IndusTree were all packed into the tiny bathroom. Have a look at the result here:

Zeno & Rodèlle
Zeno van den Broek, a soundsculptor and visual artist, for whom I've previously filmed one of his performances, has asked me to help him with a new art project, where he will present his paintings. He's asked me to film the paintings and make it an almost tangible experience. I was excited at the concept, so I told him I'd do it. Unfortunately real life got in the way a bit and we haven't yet had time to discuss details, but I'm hoping that we will soon be able to make some plans.

In the last couple of months I have been talking to another artist and sometime collaborator of Zeno's, Robert Rodèlle. Robert and I have been discussing doing a musicvideo for one of his tracks for quite some time now, but unfortunately we haven't yet had the chance. I consulted on his latest musicvideo (see below) and since we've been talking about what we want to do for his next video.

There's an idea floating around to push the boundaries of decency as we might let ourselves be inspired by one of Marquis de Sade's lesser known works. I'm really excited about the prospect of working with Robert on this. Hopefully we'll be able to find time this summer. Have a look at Robert's latest musicvideo:

Last thoughts
I've been talking to my friend Marko Martens about entering a film into a national filmcompetition, mainly because I want to work with him on a project. We're not there yet, but I'll keep bugging him.

My friends from Hong Kong, Robot Entourage, are working on a Zombie film, for which they've asked me to do the soundtrack. I've asked my friend Distel to help out and one of the tracks is close to completion. I'm still waiting to see the footage (and frankly to find some time) to start on the rest of the soundtrack. I've seen stills and from what I can tell it'll look amazing. I'll see if I can show you a still sometime soon.

Last night I submitted two videos to the Vimeo Awards competition. Unfortunately I couldn't submit Heroes for Ghosts, because it was too long. I did enter these though: in the category "experimental" I entered my sci-fi short 9 and in the category "music video" I entered Distel - onde, the promo I shot which you can see above. So fingers crossed and wish me luck! =)

Well, that's it for now. I still plan to do a series of articles on the shooting of the Heroes for Ghosts musicvideo, so watch out for that. Now I'm off to enjoy my Sundayevening!

Hadewych - Gentle Art Of Incineration / A Forest For Eoh

Hadewych live at MOL 18-12-2010 Den Bosch NL

Music and lyrics copyright Hadewych




Gentle Art Of Incineration / A Forest For Eoh

Working on Hadewych and Machinist videos

I'm working on the videos for Hadewych and Machinist. They both performed last Saturday in Den Bosch in an old school next to the city's museum. As always the performances were haunting and beautiful!

I was there to film, hoping to create a document of the evening, but unfortunately not everything went as planned. Because of the very minimal amount of time I had to prepare and change positions during the change-over from one act to the next, I had barely time to set audiolevels and make sure everything was ready to go. The audio was not the best I've recorded. Also, someone accidentally (?) switched off one of the camera's during Hadewych's performance, so I unfortunately only have the handheld images.

Here is a screencap from both performances:

Machinist Hadewych

I was lucky enough that Machinist had his own recording device with him, with which he captured the audio for his performance, so I'll be able to mix that in with the ambient recording. Hadewych however was not so lucky, so I have only the low-quality on cam mic recording, which bums me out. I don't know what to do yet, but I'll discuss it with Peter J. Nijland to see what he wants to do with the footage.

I'll be working on the edits for the videos tonite in hopes of finishing them before Christmas.

Happy holidays everyone!

Visual Art for Hadewych Performance

Hadewych logoMy friend Peter Johan Nijland is performing with his band Hadewych on December 18th 2010 in Den Bosch during MOL.

Hadewych conjures the ultragrotesque. As they put it themselves:

Music in its directness. Music that is true to itself as music. Non-conceptual music. Music that reveals being. Avant-garde music, ritual music, atmospheric aesthetics of old black metal, prepared piano music, 20th century composers (e.g. Cage, Scelsi), some ambient, some shoegaze, some art rock, some ultra.

Peter has asked me to help him create visual art for the Hadewych performance next Saturday. He's looking to bring the forest into the venue and use abstract images of body positions to accentuate the music. We'll be heading out to the forest to shoot the footage, one of my favorite places to be. And since I haven't had any time to be in a forest for a while now, I'm looking very much forward to working there with Peter this Sunday.

Filming for MOL X-traLarge: Erasable Marks

MOL logoMy good friend Peter Johan Nijland is performing with his ultragrotesque project Hadewych at a special location, courtesy of MOL (Music On Location).

Also great experimentalist Zeno van den Broek is performing with his project Machinist. The third act will be Lucy BakesPurple Cakes & Subuk.

MOL is a project by Renk van Oyen, based on the concept of three acts of half an hour in the strangest locations.

Hadewych - A Forest For Eoh (part II / open)

A Way (48 Hour Film Project)

Showreel online!

The showreel is finally online! Having major computerproblems and lack of energy & time, I'm amazed I finished it. The excellent music was produced by Peter Johan Nijland, many thanks! Check it out here.

"A Way" wins 48 Hour Film Project 2010 Nijmegen

Poster for

I've co-directed and shot a film for the 48 Hour Film Project 2010 in the city of Nijmegen. Our film took first prize and then some! It will also be submitted for the finals in Miami, USA in March of 2011.

The movie tells the story of a dramatic last journey of three siblings contained within a flashback.

It was shot on a Sony EX-1 with a Letus 35mm adapter, using an array of Nikon Prime lenses. The whole production took place within 48 hours. We wrote the script, held rehearsals, shot the scenes, created the music and edited it all together, all while dealing with a few (technical) setbacks. Yet we made it in time.

Sylvana: Marleen Schamp
Kim: Marissa Schijf
Photo of cast and crew Luuk: Roel Smeets
Customer: Ariana Skverer

Director: Christian van Duuren & Marcus Moonen
Scenario: De Kijkbuiskinderen
Editor: Merel van Nus
Producer: Xanne Jacobs & Inge van den Broek
Camera: Christian van Duuren & Marcus Moonen
Sound: Bas Olbertz
Music: Peter Johan Nijland & Roel Smeets
Runner: Yon van Lith

We received awards for:

  • Best music
  • Best use of Nijmegen
  • Best cinematography
  • Best directing
  • Best actress
  • Best movie

The movie was also nominated for best sound design and best editing.

Watch it here in HD

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