Community Spotlight with Andre Tromp

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Community Spotlight with Andre Tromp
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Community Spotlight with Andre TrompCurrent Projects:
Hello, my name is Andre Tromp, and I’m a filmmaker with a digital art background. In my current works, I am looking to incorporate a feel of deep expression. It is an expression that I believe we all can resonate with one level or another. I want this expression to be an experience to share. An upcoming video shoot I’m preparing will have this theme.

When I look to begin a new project, I like to sit with myself and ask, “What do I want to create?” Yet, before this, I’ll get inspired by a flash of an idea, something I’ll see outside, a feeling I may get and certain music. While meditating on this, imagery will eventually come. This imagery helps with shoot selection, timing, movement and more. Generally speaking, I like to see it before it gets on camera. When I bring it to Adobe Premiere, I’ll have a pretty good idea of what the final product looks like. Interestingly, having a good idea of what something looks like, doesn’t mean it’s above editing. As filmmakers, I believe developing detachment to your work will help it go from good to great.

Tromp FilmsChallenge and Solution:
I remember a challenge that I had filming a music video for an independent R&B singer. I went to the shoot without preparing for it. I didn’t bring any storyboards nor prepare the talent beforehand. Essentially, I tried to wing it, and it backfired immensely. I was directing on the go, staging on the go, explaining on the go. It brought nothing but confusion and mistrust in my ability to lead. Preparation is key in anything you look to build in life. Had I done (a loose sketch or rundown) a small journaling, that would’ve been better than guessing.

3 Post-Production Tips:
I have three post-production tips that could help with the process.

Tip #1. Don’t edit straight through but develop a pacing for yourself to effectively get the job done. Do not force.

Tip #2. It is okay to let go of your favorite shot or scene. Recognizing and cutting out what doesn’t serve the film is a key skill to have.

Tip #3. Allow space for constructive criticism. I often ask others, “How does this make you feel?” Or, “What are your thoughts about this content?” before I release a project. At first, I was afraid of how others may perceive my work, but in time, it turned into, “What sort of impact am I creating in another’s life?” This shift was powerful for me.

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