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30 January 2019

Wouter Stoter joins roster at Snapper.

by Jason Stone

 
 

Dutch director Wouter Stoter has joined the roster at Snapper Films for UK representaton. He's relatively unknown in the UK, but Stoter has established an excellent reputation in continental Europe, and when Helen Hadfield spotted a recent pop promo of his on DAVID REVIEWS, she was determined to add him to her pool of talent.

DAVID caught up with Wouter Stoter on the phone recently to find out a little more about him, and why he opted for Snapper.

Filmmaking drifted into Wouter Stoter's view when he was at Art College. His academic focus lay elsewhere at the time but whenever any kind of opportunity to create a moving image arose, Stoter would leap on it. Trails for the arts festivals he helped organise gained him attention and he began making music videos for local bands, including one for which he played guitar and occasionally sang.


Stoter and his friends also spent a lot of time watching movies, which helped build a film education which he has continually drawn on over the years. He's a real film geek - part of our conversation before the record button was pressed concerned Alfred Hitchcock's utilitarian use of camera movement.


I really loved that aspect because I get always really inspired by people you're working with.

Wouter Stoter   

 


Part of what persuaded him to shift his focus from computer-based creations to camera-based creations was the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded people:

"I loved it because when you are an artist you're mostly sitting in your studio alone or behind a computer or sketching or drawing or whatever, and filmmaking, of course, is working with other people. And I really loved that aspect because I get always really inspired by people you're working with."

He's not someone who has surrounded himself with regular collaborators, preferring instead to explore new possibilities and ensure he has the right person for each role in each project.


The early phase of his film-making career came to an abrupt end when he ran out of money. The grants available to him during his student days had allowed him to freely experiment but he'd never considered the business dimension so once the funds ended, so did his ability to get anything made.

Through his father, he secured a job at a residential hospital for severely disabled patients. He learned how to relate to residents with multiple disabilities and found his year there very rewarding. But he came away from it with a determination to be adopt a more business-minded approach to filmmaking.

He began to work with some of the more commercial artists in the Netherlands, and - on the back of this work - he was signed by Czar, one of the leading film production companies in that part of Europe.



His career thrived and he became a popular director in the Netherlands and beyond. He's always been keen to make his mark in London, and the recent approach from Helen Hadfield came at just the right moment for him.

He liked what she had to say because it was beyond mere enthusiasm - he says it's easy to flatter a director by telling them their work is 'cool' but he's always keen to find out exactly what it is that someone likes, and Hadfield had clearly studied his films carefully.


When I go into a meeting with an agency, I try to bring everything to the table... everything I know... everything that I think will add up to a great commercial.

Wouter Stoter   

 


He feels very ready for the UK market and excited at the possibilities it offers: "When I go into a meeting with an agency, I try to bring everything to the table... everything I know... everything that I think will add up to a great commercial."

For more on Wouter Stoter, contact Helen Hadfield on 020 3411 1415 or via email using helen@snapperfilms.tv.


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