Floris Van Gaalen

Independent Filmmaker at SnowForge - Wellington

Key Info

  • Bachelor of Media and Creative Technologies with First Class Honours
  • Screen and Media Studies

Floris Van Gaalen wanted to be in a learning environment where creativity was encouraged which is why he came to the University of Waikato. "I was thankful to discover that my professors sought out critical and unique thinking which meant I was able to learn to challenge myself. The Video Production papers were a highlight because they had the exact parameters to complement filmmaking endeavours."

After graduation, Floris became an independent filmmaker working in Wellington. "Independent filmmaking means a lot of organising; when something is properly planned, the days that are spent creating content are far more productive."

There are many satisfying aspects to his job, "It’s very rewarding to see something come to life that you can call yours. Funnily enough, completing the last shot of a film elicits the greatest joy because it means the mission has been accomplished.

He has good advice for the budding filmmaker, "If you want to make films, then grab a camera and a couple of friends and do good work.If you can acknowledge what went wrong and improve on it, you’ll already be way ahead of the curve."

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