Luuk de Kok is a 26 year old film maker born in the city of Tilburg, The Netherlands. When he studied Sound & Vision at the ROC Tilburg he found his passion for photography and film. While most of the time he made films using the equipment he borrowed from school he felt like he was missing something. When he got the opportunity to go to Bosnia & Herzegovina with school to shoot a documentary in the summer of 2010 he decided to buy his very first camera. He chose for the Canon 7D, at the beginning of the HDSLR revolution, because of it’s beautiful cinematic pictures while still being affordable. He was very active in the HDSLR scene and followed it with every step.
When Luuk got back from this experience he decided to become more active with photography, training his eye for composition and knowledge of the camera. With a couple of friends he knew from an online forum he decided to go on a photography trip leading to a beautiful [lightbox title=”Title” href=”https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4152/5166690198_954c8bb502_o.jpg”]abandoned power plant in Luxembourg[/lightbox]. It was his first real experience with Urban exploring A.K.A. “Urbex” and whilst not knowing it yet, this trip would change his life. At the site, Luuk quickly became fascinated by the fact what time can do to such an environment and how beautiful the colors of decay could be. Luuk did not only take pictures of the site, but also of his [lightbox title=”Title” href=”http://www.luukdekok.nl/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/shades.jpg”]friends[/lightbox] and himself [lightbox title=”Title” href=”http://www.luukdekok.nl/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/the-hand-that-feeds.jpg”]wearing a gassmask[/lightbox].
At the end of 2010 Luuk Won a photo contest with the picture he took of himself during that trip in Luxembourg. He won a 4 day trip to the exclusion zone of [lightbox title=”Title” href=”http://www.luukdekok.nl/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Reactor-4.jpg”]Chernobyl[/lightbox] and [lightbox title=”Title” href=”http://www.luukdekok.nl/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/the-view.jpg”]Pripyat[/lightbox] and was allowed to photograph the entire trip. It was a dream come true for Luuk and in december 2010 Luuk flew together with [lightbox title=”Title” href=”https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5295/5463209148_82d8468214_b.jpg”]2 other prize winners and an editor from the magazinel[/lightbox] to Ukraine for a 4 day adventure.
After the trip was done the pictures were Published in the magazine and was spread throughout the Netherlands.
Luuk earned his degree with a specialization in video techniques in 2011, the same year when he started his freelance business. He quickly specialized himself in cinematography and color grading by doing various kind of jobs. To gain more experience Luuk participated with the 48 hour film project for the first time in 2010 and his first entry with his team immediately earned him the nomination of best cinematography. After a couple of entries throughout the years with a few nomination and small prizes Luuk and his team “team Pollos” decided it was time for a change. Luuk only filled in the job of Cinematographer and Colorist within the team but this year was going to be different. Luuk took the role of producer upon himself while still being the cinematographer, colorist and sound designer and started to arrange things differently in the preparation of the upcoming 48 hour film project in Utrecht 2013. The team added a bigger crew, a good location and amazing actors in it’s arsenal and it payed off! Team Pollos won the prizes for best actor, best movie by audience and best movie by Jury! “Blokje om” was an immediate success and was shown at the filmpalooza festival in New Orleans march 2014 where it won prizes for best sound design, best music and best use of line.
The short also was shown at the Cannes international filmfestival of 2014.
In the beginning of 2016 Luuk finished the Color Grading of his first Feature film called “Sunset Contract“, a 102 min Thriller Drama.
Luuk is a creative and passionate filmmaker with a unique style of filming and storytelling.
Wether you want a commercial, short movie, videoclip or documentary, Luuk is well experienced with over 5 years in the field and gaining lots of knowledge by self-study.