When reflecting on her Next Talent experience, Marieke says “In the last part of my study, I discovered filmmaking as a different shape to tell social stories and convey a message to people. However, because of the lack of a film study I felt there is a lot to learn for me and that’s the main reason why I wanted to be part of the Next Talents program.
In the application I focussed on three specific main goals for the Next program. First, I wanted to develop my vision and skills to create the design of a film. Meaning: what the image should look like? What camera angle? Which composition? But also, what do we hear and why? All in all, how do we tell the story?”
“Secondly, I wanted to improve my writing skills since I am not a writer by nature. How to formulate my ideas clearly, how to structure the entire script to make sure that my plans can be read by third parties. Finally, I wanted to join the Next Talents program to collaborate with other creatives and makers in the film industry.
My biggest expectation of Next was a period of self-discovery in the artistic field. I imagined myself having feedback sessions with makers who are way more experienced, following masterclasses, and I wanted Isabel Lamberti as my personal coach.” Thinking of something she would like to say to artists considering the program in the future, Marieke says: “Don’t be shy and share all your thoughts, this program can offer a lot to shape your own path!”