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Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Leslie, I'm 29 years old and I live in Ghent, Belgium. I'm a professional filmmaker and I work on commercials, film and video clips. I like to experiment with animation, reality and fiction. Applying a creative and honest approach.

When and how did you first become interested in film and television?
As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to work in film and television. I was one of those kids who grew up insatiably hungry for moving pictures, sitting in front of the television for hours and hours. My mom liked the idea that I wasn't out playing in the streets, but at home, with her. Once at film school I was amazed to find out about the magical powers of filmmaking. I felt like Geppetto in a way, creating life out of inanimate objects, emotions out of random shots and a story out of a collection of scenes.

What are you working on at this very moment?
I'm currently in the preproduction phase of two short films. I've already garnered funding for one and am currently writing on the other. In the meantime I'm creating some visuals for a local band called Crossbeat. In January I'm filming video clips for Black Flower and singer-songwriter Lara Leliane. For Lara's video I'm hoping to collaborate with Stromae's choreographer, for Black Flower I'm working with an animator. Sometimes I also do corporate work; this week I might get contracted for a mobile phone company like Mobistar, for example, next week it might be for an electrical company like EDF Luminus. Every week brings me something different and I like and need that variation.

What or who are your influences?
I'm influenced and inspired by many people and places. I think each individual has a story to tell, all you have to do is listen. Listen and provide emotional oxygen, if needed. Places tell you something about people too: about their values and their society, their culture and their history. Good ideas can come from the sight of an interesting location, a visit to a peculiar place. A scent, painting, picture or piece of music can get me going as well. I'm convinced that you will learn more from watching movies and studying their scripts, than you can learn in books or going to film school.

What is the object or tool that is absolutely necessary to accomplish your job?
My most significant tool is probably my voice. Talking is an important part of my job. Directing is communicating. I have to be able to ask questions, delegate, command, persuade and convince. Without my voice I simply wouldn't be able to perform my duties. Materialistically speaking, I would say my laptop. Besides communicating with clients and friends, I use my computer to write, prepare and edit projects.

Who was your childhood hero?
Harisson Ford. Because he was both Han Solo and Indiana Jones.

What's your superpower?
Sadly, I have none. Unless you count softly snoring and ignoring the world around me as a superpower?

What's your favorite color?

What's your favorite dish?
I like the "Burgundian" way of life, food is very important to me. I like my kitchen like I like my travels; as exotic as possible. I'm especially fond of East Asian, Indonesian and Indian cuisine. From the delicious rawness of sushi to the yumminess of yum cha to the vibrant and colorful palette of a Sumatran dish.

What do you do when you don't work?
I try to do my best to leave home at least once a year. This way I can get out of my comfort zone, where I see everything at a distance. I love being exposed to foreign stimuli so that I can really, truly try to broaden my mind. Iceland, Mexico and India are currently my top three destinations. I love shooting analogue pictures with my Nikon F3; a 35mm film SLR camera. I very much enjoy the works of Marie Šechtlová, Saul Leiter, Cristina Garcia Rodrigo and Magnum photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elliott Erwitt and Trent Parke. They truly inspire my soul and mind. If you like, please have a look at some of my pictures here:

My biggest passion, however, is music. Anything musical just makes me dance or laugh. I used to work in a record store and I've collected a ton of vinyl throughout the years. I produce, edit and distribute my own radio show called Nachtschade. What began as a favorite pastime and a reason to share music with friends and family, has now evolved into a weekly radio show on Belgian airwaves and a popular online podcast.