A friend of mine asked me to help him with a schoolproject. The project was to make a video with a background music and the rest was up to the students. My part in the video was to act in it. But we still needed a second and male actor who was going to play my boyfriend in the video. Who’s a better boyfriend than my own? So Vincent agreed to play with me in the video. That’s how it all started.
Let me tell you the short story of the video.
A girl and a boy are very happy together, but you see flashes of the girl crying. You don’t know why she’s crying until the end. You’d think that she’s crying because her boyfriend has been shot by a man. But in reality, she’s the one that’s been shot.
The shots where the girl is in a creepy attic are shot in a ghosttown called Doel. Doel is in Belgium and next to a nuclear power station. The small town has been threatened by industrial growth such as the nuclear power station, it isn’t a great backyard view either. These are one of the reasons why a lot of people moved to other places. Doel had 359 inhabitans in 2007 and now it’s probably around 80-100. The die-hards that refuse to leave this town. And despite of all the die-hards, more than half of the houses are uninhabited. This is the perfect place for graffiti artists, junkies, gangs and drug dealers.
It is is prohibited to enter a house, you can get arrested for that. We entered several houses though… But now we found or spot. The door was already broken..sort of, we just walked in.
There in the attic, where it was REALLY cold (-3 Celsius , I sat for about 2 hours on a chair. Now -3 Celsius is not extremely cold, but believe me it is pretty cold when you’re only wearing blouse.. So we were filming there for about 2 hours, some photographers even came in to check it out, when suddenly we heard a women’s voice: “HERE THEY ARE! HEY YOU, GET OUT OF HERE! THE POLICE ARE COMING”. And we immediately grabbed all our stuff and I was like, CRAP I have to put on some warm clothes first. I couldn’t go running around the street with only a white blouse.
After we grabbed our stuff we went outside where we saw 2 photographers, 2 other men and the woman who screamed at us. The woman was definitely angry. We found out that she and her husband were responsible for the buildings. They still lived in Doel and if they see that a door is open they call the police. The woman was furious but her husband was pretty cool. He saw we weren’t bad people. Besides, we understand why they had to do it. He told us stories about Polish gangs shooting each other in the ghost town, about junkies etc.
The police arrived, we showed our ID’s and it was all fine. We told the police that we didn’t open the door. Which we kind of did open. But we had the 2 photographers who told that the door was wide open while we were inside. The woman wasn’t that amused as I told you before, she kept screaming things like “THANKS FOR RUINING OUR SUNDAY!!‘, ”DON’T TALK TO THEM (HUSBANDS NAME) THEY ARE IDIOT PEOPLE”.
We still had to do 1 more shot… We weren’t aloud to get in anymore.. But the man told us that we could get in anywhere if we’d let them know first. There is also a site for that if you’re interested: www.Doel2020.org
Back to the point. The police incident was nothing special and we were free to go again. A few days later we went back to ask if we could shoot the last things. It was no problem so he opened the door and we finished the job.
Enjoy the video made by second year students of Grafisch Lyceum Rotterdam and Dutch Motion Design (www.dutchmotiondesign.nl).
– Johanna & Vincent