Violet is the debut feature film of
Bas Devos, produced by Mindsmeet. D.O.P. is Nicolas Karakatsanis, who cannot help himself but make powerful and rich imagery wherever he goes. A visual masterpiece about grief, loss and growing up as a teenager. In these fastpaced times, Violet offers a different rythm and allows the viewer to connect on a poetic level with the story. But don’t take my word for it, go and experience it for yourself, if you happen to be around Antwerp on 31 october, 1 or 2 november, here’s your chance @ Cinemazuid.
Streetcaster was involved in the casting of the BMX youngsters as well as driving Bas around (and nuts) hunting for locations. As set photographer I had the chance of seeing how this wonderful film came to life.
Enjoy some setpictures and stills made by me,
but please don't copy or use for commercial purposes as these pictures are all property of Mindsmeet.
César de Sutter plays Jesse
Jesse and his dad (played by Raf Walschaerts)
Koen De Sutter and Fania Sorel play the parents who lost their son.
Jesse (right) and his best friend Dries (played by Brent Minne) at one of the BMX trails they frequent.
A cameo by Maaike Neuville who works in the delicious Smultiversum foodchain.
Jesse and his dad enjoy a burger in the Smultiversum.
Jesse visits his lost friend’s dad.
Jesse gets some heat from one of the other BMX guys.
Brent Minne shows how fun the trails can be when you go all out.
Oldtimer Lars (played by Jeroen Vander Ven) takes home the boys.
Willem Van Gansen (right) Jelle Nys and friends look on as the campfire gets a poke.
Gaffer Tim Janssens makes sure the light is spot on.
Jan Lemmens plays with shadows.
Didier Frateur puts his shoulder under the Alexa.
César and the mystery of the smoke.
Set man Jesse Cremers makes it rain sparks.
Kasper the fire effects man.
In between takes.
Gripper Nils De Smet carries on through the heat.
A.D. Sofie Tusschans keeps an eye on things.
Director Bas Devos ponders as he looks at the skatepark.
Giving some instructions before all heel brakes lose in the skatepark.
Focus puller Didier Frateur.
César comes out of the mist.
Production manager Reinhout Nechelput discusses somehting with DOP Nicolas Karakatsanis as BAs Devos thinks of the next shot. Or is he?
Bas frames Raf and César for a touching scene.
Gaffer Tim JAnssens kills some lights as to create the perfect streetscene later on.
AD Sofie interacts with Tim. Ok really, I can’t keep finding original things to say under each picture, give me a break.
Jesse Cremers dresses the Smultiversum, artwork created by Boris Van Den Eynde.
Sssssst! They’re everywhere…
Thibault Walckiers mans the clap at the busy intersection of Molenbeek.
Bart Cautaerts mans the vehicle where all the Alexa rushes are being transfered and copied on harddisks.
César, Bas and Raf in between takes.
Jeroen Vander Ven gives it his best at a metalconcert. Notice the creepy dude on the right, that’s right, WELP director Jonas Govaerts somehow snuck on set.
César and his father Koen enjoy a short break in between shots.
Nicolas Karakatsanis hides in the bushes for a better view.
Your rock in the water (is that even a saying in english?)
Atop the hills the guys look on as someone rides the trail.
Chef sound Joost Roskam prepares for another long take.
Director Devos did his research.
Deciding the best way to capture the scene.
Steadicam operator Jan Lemmens films main actor César as he steps onto the concrete.
Caroline De Maeyer keeps an eye out for details as she is in charge of all the extras crisscrossing and flying through the image.
Ben Van Den Heuvel plays Arne, who likes to show stuff on his phone to people.
César, Nicolas and BAs look at a take on an iPhone.
Don’t call it smoke if it’s mist!
Another shot well done!
VIOLET trailer from Bas Devos on Vimeo.