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Hardware Rivals documentary update

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Space Queen

Iedere shoot beginnen wij met het uitwisselen van inspiratie die vervolgens wordt uitgewerkt tot een mood- of storyboard. En bij haast iedere shoot kom je tijdens het ‘opbouwen’ en fotograferen op nieuwe ideeën en inzichten en gaat het plan de prullenbak in  Zo’n plan is er vooral voor om richting te geven en je op weg […]

Crowdfunding

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About Sjoerd

Who's Sjoerd?

Dreamer, geek, creator.

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Sjoerd Banga

A Frisian guy from Up North

When I was young I had two passions: computers and film. And both are occupying my mind until this day and fuel my fantasies and ambitions constantly. After an IT-career spanning a period of 15 years I quit my job and started my own business, making films. And that is now (2017) 10 years ago.

Over these 10 years, besides film, we started doing photography, webdesign and other multimedia-flavoured projects. We’re doing projects for organizations, consumers and for fun.

There were a few reasons why I quit my IT-job and started my creative adventure. Because the company I worked for kept growing I felt more and more out of touch with my ‘customers’, colleagues of other departments. Besides that I love my freedom and have a broad interest and both became endangoured because of the growth of my employer. Besides that it was time for something new and that could mean only one thing: film. And starting my own business I would gain back my freedom and the close contact with my clients. Ofcourse this would mean that I would also give up a lot of securities; a steady and well-payed job, my colleagues and a great employer.

Now it’s 2017. The year I turned 50, the year I’m in business for 10 years and the year I’m living 20 years together with my partner Erika.

and what I did

What I do

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Up North

2013-currently

Werk met karakter

Up North is een visueel communicatiebureau. Wij verzorgen complete producties op het gebied van filmfotografiegrafisch ontwerp en web. Onderbouwd met een goed concept en te plaatsen binnen een bredere communicatiecampagne. Vanuit onze thuisbasis Meppel opereren wij door het hele land en ver daar buiten. www.upnorthmedia.nl

Studio 78A

2016-currently

Geen standaard plaatjes maar ervaringen, buitengewoon in beeld gebracht.

Een fotoshoot is een ervaring die je niet snel vergeet en daarom willen wij die met jou delen. Want fotografie gaat over identiteit. De identiteit van jou, de identiteit van ons en de identiteit van degene die de foto bekijkt. Onze studio in Meppel is het beginpunt van vele creatieve fotoshoots. Het contact met mensen vinden wij erg belangrijk, dit zie je terug in de foto's. Wij leggen je vast zoals je écht bent en zoeken de grenzen op. Bij ons ben je verzekerd van bijzondere foto's, gemaakt met veel gevoel. Doordat er bij iedere fotoshoot weer opnieuw wordt nagedacht over bijzondere locaties, speciale concepten en nieuwe invalshoeken, zijn jouw foto's altijd uniek. www.78a.nl

Banganimation

2007 - currently

We love to shoot you

We are a collective of down to earth film-makers and photographers. We have huge passion and an eye for detail. Although we are based The Netherlands our work knows no borders and we have a amassed a great deal of experience at home and abroad. We film, we photograph but above all we capture you. You in the way you are. www.banganimation.com

Achmea

2001-2006

Technical infrastructure designer

Analyzing the information need and output give to the design, planning and implementing designs in the field of technical infrastructure. With as main focus areas: Storage & backup, Capacity & Contingency, Unix and Output processing.

IT geeky stuff

1995-2001

System Administrator and programmer

Several geeky jobs like System Administrator on mid-range and mainframe systems like IBM RS/6000, AIX, Unisys Mainframe, Unisys Unix.

What interests me

Interests

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  • Branding and Marketing
  • Professional life
  • Being meaningful

Entrepreneurship

I am an allround filmmaker/photographer with an IT background and proud owner of Up North, Banganimation multimedia productions and Studio78A, all based in The Netherlands. After 15-year IT-career I decided to make a switch to being my own boss doing film and photography.

On my blog, professional life is one of the topics.

  • Idea development
  • Filming
  • Post production
  • Marketing

Film

Stories are allaround and we understand the art to tell that story convincingly. Me and my colleagues at Up North make documentaries and commercial movies.

Besides my work at Up North I have my own personal (crowdfunded) projects about topics that are very close to me or about stories that are important to tell.

  • Documentary
  • Commercial
  • Glamour
€150 / hour

Photography

The value of good photos with character is enormous. The photos we make at Studio 78A and Up North are personal and show real people and products. No meaningless pictures but images with depth that have something to tell.

Photography is about identity. The identity of you, the identity of us and the identity of the person viewing the photo. No plain pictures but experiences, extraordinarily portrayed.

  • Boardgames
  • Videogames

Gaming

Since I was a teenager I've been playing boardgames and videogames of and off. Ater a black-and-white pong machine and another prehistoric console my brothers and I bought our Atari 2600 in 1981 bundled with the game Asteroids. Our boardgame adventures started with playing Risk with friends, but really took off after we got into the more serious games like Axis & Allies.

Both the videogames and boardgames were stored when the weather would let us play outside. During winter it was gaming time again.

I've been out of videogames for quite some time until we got a Playstation 4 in our studio for some fun stress relief. The last 1 or 2 years I'm very interested in the immersion of videogames and their social aspect. I even met some gamers in real life abroad and got in contact with game deelopers. This has even lead me to start a documentary about that. Boardgaming we do once a month with a group of friends, also in our studio.

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