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Leonard Retel-Helmrich, Amsterdam (NL)

School: ZeLIG - School for Documentary, Television and New Media
Field of Teaching: Photography / Light
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Major Achievements: Cinematographer

Leonard Retel Helmrich is a Dutch cinematographer and film director of Indo descent. He was born the 16th of August 1959 in Tilburg, Netherlands and has lived in Amsterdam since 1982.

Movies: Position among the Stars, Shape of the Moon,
Siblings: Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich, Anton Retel Helmrich
Nephews: Jasper Naaijkens
Awards: Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize: World Cinema Documentary

Helmrich is famous for perfecting the 'Single Camera Shot' filming style and his related technical camera innovations. " can move inside an event and go with your camera to the right spot, at the right moment,... That’s what the whole single-shot cinema is about: trying to think of the world as a kind of clockwork, a machinery, with everything interrelated. The bigger and smaller things are just as important. In a clockworks you can’t pull out a little gear because the whole thing jams. The solution is to become one of the clockworks."

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