Willem Serné (1988)
Based in Emmen, the Netherlands Willem Serné is a freelance director, cameraman, editor, animator, photographer, graphic designer, illustrator and digital effect artist.
At a young age Serné started animating (traditional) to pass time while he studied to become a car mechanic. This hobby grew further and at the age of 17 he picked up a video camera to experiment with shots and storytelling. In 2009 at the age of 20 he made his first official film which saw film festival success in Utrecht, the Netherlands by winning gold at the Expose Your Talent film festival. This made him go after his passion and dream. He threw away his mechanic’s diploma and started taking classes as cameraman at the School of Arts (Noorderpoort, Groningen). During this period Serné would often participate in amateur film festivals reaching great success regionally, nationally and even internationally. In 2013 Serné graduated as cameraman with an addendum as Editor. Since then he started his own company ‘Willem Serné Images’ and now spends his time creating artistic video and imagery for musicians, festivals and anyone else with interest. Video mixed with animation and visual effects are common with his work, facilitating his background in animation as well as videography.
I don’t see myself as a filmmaker. I see myself as an artist who mainly uses a camera as a tool to create images that speak.
Every project I take on is unique, just like the people I work for. When working on a concept I listen to what the client wants while infusing it with my own creative art. Every video or image has to be unique, interesting and beautiful. Regardless of the subject matter. My work often consists of (but not limited to) the morbid and darker elements of life without it fitting into any common genre. This I find more intriguing, satisfying and challenging. By creating these digital art pieces I as a person have a valve and can release certain emotions while sharing them with anyone interested. I usually work alone with the occasional assistant to help out and keep me levelheaded during the intense production stages.
My goal is to achieve satisfaction for me as well as my clientele. Thoughts and opinions other people might have matter but are the least of my concerns. As long as I see a progressive line within my work, I am content and ready for whatever comes my way.