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“Learn the process step by step and don’t be an idiot like me” – Interview Los Angeles Film Awards with Paul Smit about Who is Alice and his thoughts about filmmaking and screenwriting.

Our latest Best Picture winner, Who is Alice, is more than just a good comedy. It is a philosophical, thought provoking film that intends to mess with the viewer’s mind.

Paul Smit, writer/producer of Who is Alice, is a well-known philosopher and comedian. He is one of the most in demand speakers in the corporate world, constantly invited to give presentations about human behavior, the brain, creativity, innovation, leadership, and marketing. In the following interview, Paul takes us behind the scenes, and shares his thoughts about filmmaking and screenwriting. Read more

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Meet the Cast & Crew – Ali Bastian: ‘Alice stands for everyone in search of happiness’

Not playing the part, but being the part. Actor David Fahm described this as his passion for the craft of acting, but he’s not the only one. Ali Bastian plays the leading part in Who is Alice, the story of a young woman looking for her true self. That search for happiness continues whenever the camera stops rolling, she tells us open-heartedly. Read more

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Meet the Cast & Crew – Hans Tibben: A chameleon on set as absent presence

Hans Tibben might occupy the most contradictory position on the set of Who is Alice. He was present on several days of shooting in the Netherlands, though behind the scenes. As photographer it is his role to be part of the crew, but at the same time he has to position himself outside of the group to be able to capture each and everyone on set. This seems like a tough job – and it is, but no job tough enough for Hans. Read more

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Meet the Cast & Crew – Pascale and Inge: The catering ladies like their meals with a pinch of salt

“And… cut!” That’s it. After another morning of shooting scenes, one by one cast and crew exit the film set. They all are in desperate need of a well-deserved break, and they are welcomed with uplifting jokes of a lively couple. Even those who are most tired can spare a smile; Inge van den Broek and Pascale Josephi could not have picked a better time for lunch. Read more

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Meet the Cast & Crew – Paul and Guido: The blueprint of friends and comedians

Once you come into contact with something, odds are; it will infect you. Paul Smit and Guido Weijers are the living proof of that. They are friends as well as adversaries, as they have a way of challenging each other in order to keep one another sharp and witty. Comedian Guido taught Paul how to tell a joke, while philosopher Paul threw nonduality into the mix. The result: Who is Aliceor as Paul adds dryly: “Put some idiots together in a room and there will be created ‘something’.” Read more

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Meet the Cast & Crew – Evelien and Linsey: Hair, beauty enhancers and a good conversation

On the film location in Helmond their space is not much bigger than fifteen square metres. Still, all cases and bags find their place and are packed with make-up and all kinds of beauty enhancers. Unpacking is finished in the blink of an eye, as with extreme precision all tools are laid out swiftly and make-up is applied for all actors; everything for the perfect image.  Read more

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Meet the Cast & Crew – Ismaël and Robert: Visual thinkers and vagabonds, from set to set

“Do I really have to?” I ask. “Of course”, says Robert. “Ultimately, we are visual thinkers.” Therefore, I reluctantly turn on the webcam for the Skype-interview as arranged, showing me the faces of directors Ismaël Lotz and Robert van den Broek. Surprisingly, they look relaxed, only a week after the hectic shooting days in and around Helmond finished. Read more

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Guido Weijers op filmset ‘Who is Alice’

Cabaretier Guido Weijers heeft tijdens zijn sabbatical van afgelopen jaar een heuse carrièreswitch ondergaan. Waar hij normaal gesproken op het toneel staat, is hij nu uit zijn comfortzone gestapt en is hij veel op een filmset te vinden.

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Helmond: Het Hollywood van Zuid-Oost Brabant – Who is Alice?

Dat de stad Helmond in de loop der jaren uitgegroeid is tot een mooie stad met interessante bewoners begint steeds meer mensen op te vallen. Afgelopen weken is Helmond zelfs het decor geweest van de opname van een internationale speelfilm. Een van die inwoners die Helmond op de kaart zet is regisseur Robert van den Broek. In zijn zoektocht om meer te weten te komen over bepaalde onderwerpen in de filosofie kwam hij een podcast tegen van Patrick Kikken die een programma gemaakt had met Paul Smit over Spiritualiteit. Hij heeft direct contact met hem gezocht met de mededeling dat als ze ooit een film willen maken over dit onderwerp hij wel een idee had hierover. Read more