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Ruurd M. Fenenga was born and raised in Hilversum, the radio and TV capitol of The Netherlands. His father, Ruurd M. Fenenga Sr. director / cinematographer, shooting award winning commercials and documentaries from his film production company in Amsterdam, introduced his two son’s - twin-brothers Ruurd and Maarten - to the industry at a very young age. Ruurd Jr. wanted to learn as much as he could about the film-business and the art and craft of cinematography.
There was also a visual training from his father...
“I remember watching a movie with my father as a kid; a wide shot of a room with a clock, a c/u of a person, then my father would ask me what time the clock read to train myself in remembering visualization”.
For twelve years, Ruurd Jr. worked as a 1st. assistant-cameraman for DoP’s like:
Stuart Dryburgh, ASC ("Boardwalk Empire", “The Piano”, "Portrait of a Lady")
Bojan Bazelli, ASC (“Kalifornia”)
Frank Byers, ASC (“Twin Peaks”)
Declan Quinn (“Leaving Las Vegas”)
Bill Wages, ASC
James Glennon (“About Schmidt”), ASC
and his good friend the late Jim Weisiger - “Pushing Tin” Spec. FX Unit, and assisted cameraman / director Samual Bayer ("Nirvana"), director/cameraman Roger Tonry for many years on commercials and music video’s, if he was not occupying himself on being a focus-puller on features. Ruurd Jr. assisted on more then 30 features, “The Rapture”, “The Hidden” (“B”-camera), are a few of them, and the TV series “Twin Peaks”, lensed by Frank Byers, ASC.
Besides winning 6 awards at various filmfestivals in the US, "Pennyweight" also became eligible to be nominated for an Academy Award in 1999.
In October 2001 Ruurd attended the Santa Fe HD Workshop, a workshop, taught by Jeff Cree and B.Sean Fairburn, SOC. “It was a very technical workshop for someone who has a film background, but I had worked that year in The Netherlands on many ENG camera productions, which helped out a lot”. Working as an ENG-cameraman is very different then what I was used to, which where shooting features on film. Shooting ENG is where you have to let the framing speak the words even more. With that experience it can be applied to features, documentaries and commercials. It’s a great experience and a lot of fun to work on.
After shooting the “Staatsloterij” (“State-lottery”) commercials for the company Endemol on HD in The Netherlands and a “T-Mobile” commercial, it was still hard to find a director who was interested in trying out the HD-camera, just to try out a “different look” using the menu’s in the HD camera. “The black Gamma menu is great, it’s another tool In order to create more “depth of field” in the shadow-areas to get a different feel and look”.
After a while Ruurd Jr. decided to go to the film festivals of Cannes, Berlin, Emden, Utrecht and Rotterdam to speak to producers and directors to shoot their next project on HD. Ruurd Jr. found there was a lot of interest in shooting on HD at the festivals. Ruurd Jr. also visited a few post production houses and camera rental houses in the UK and visited Michael Brennan at his home in London and was invited to the Wild Screen Film festival in Bristol, where he sat in on the HD panel. He also taught fellow cinematographers about the HD camera at the rental facility of Athalys in Brussel. In order to “evangelize” HD even more, he called up all the HD company’s that had anything to do with the manufacturing of HD equipment and set up a web-site called http://www.highdef.nl, sponsored by the largest post production house in The Netherlands called Valkieser. Ruurd also read about a new filter, the Procompfilter, which he wanted to try out and had it fly out from the manufacturing company in London to test this filter with the HD camera and ran the tests with the two post production houses in The Netherlands, his sponsor Valkieser and Ultimate in Hilversum. “I loved what the filter did to the depth of field of the picture when I shot this person against a green screen, both post production houses where also very excited with the results”.
During the month of October, 2011 Ruurd organized the "Dag van de Film" ("Day of the Film") for the Koning Willem I College in Den Bosch for more then 80 students. Fellow cameraman Gé Aarts demonstrated cameras and projectors, dating from 1890 until 1930 and introduced the students to the actual equipment in the classroom from over a century ago! Film technician veteran Nico van den Boogaard, demonstrating 35mm cameras - Aaton and Arriflex from 1937 until now and informing the students of the history of the Arriflex camera - with his passion of the technique for motion picture cameras. The students loved it!
Next presentation will be the DSLR Canon 5-D Mark II - completing the history of film & current digital cameras.
The presentation was a big succes!