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The Cinematic World with Rolf Dekens

Welcome back to The Corner, where we delve into the minds and stories of creatives shaping the world of film and entertainment. Today, we’re privileged to sit down with Rolf Dekens, a prominent cinematographer based in Amsterdam, whose passion for storytelling through visuals has captivated audiences worldwide.

Host Sarina Di Mento kicks off the conversation, warmly greeting Rolf and diving straight into the whirlwind of his recent endeavors. Amidst the chaos of wrapping up a horror series shoot, Rolf shares a glimpse into the intensity of his craft, recounting dramatic scenes and late-night escapades on set. As one must.

Jurassic Park

As the interview unfolds, Rolf takes us on a journey back to his roots, revealing an innate desire to wield the camera lens from a tender age. Inspired by the magic of cinematic giants like Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park,” Rolf’s fascination with storytelling blossomed into a lifelong passion.

Against the backdrop of Amsterdam’s Film Academy, Rolf found his calling, defying odds to become one of the youngest students ever admitted. He always knew he wanted to make films. Reflecting on his formative years, he emphasizes the importance of forging bonds with fellow filmmakers, a camaraderie that continues to shape his professional trajectory.

With a nod to his collaboration with director, Tim Ollie Hook, Rolf highlights the pivotal role of mentorship in his career. Together, they embarked on ambitious projects, culminating in the breakthrough opportunity to helm a multi-million euro action-comedy, “Two Fat, Two Furious.”

Navigating the intricacies of the film industry, Rolf shares insights into the delicate balance between creative vision and practical constraints. From wearing multiple hats on set to weathering the post-production blues, he underscores the resilience required to thrive in a field fraught with uncertainty.


Beyond the confines of filmmaking, Rolf’s thirst for adventure takes center stage, recounting a transformative journey to Ethiopia. Amidst breathtaking landscapes and the warm embrace of local communities, he finds solace in sharing his expertise with aspiring filmmakers at the Blue Nile Film Academy.

In Rolf Dekens’ narrative, we find echoes of passion, perseverance, and a relentless pursuit of and enjoyment of happiness. From humble beginnings to global recognition, his story serves as a beacon of inspiration for aspiring creatives around the world.

Collaboration and Positivity

Rolf’s insights extend beyond the technical aspects of filmmaking, delving into the dynamics of collaboration and the vital role of positivity within the creative process. He emphasizes the importance of surrounding oneself with a supportive team, recognizing the collective effort that fuels every project. As he navigates the complexities of production, Rolf remains steadfast in his commitment to fostering a culture of positivity, where each member contributes to the vibrant energy on set. Through his journey, he’s learned to discern the difference between constructive criticism and negativity, prioritizing relationships that uplift and inspire. This philosophy not only enhances the quality of his work but also enriches the overall experience for everyone involved.

As our conversation draws to a close, we’re left with a profound appreciation for the artistry and dedication that define Rolf’s craft.

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