Believe Media US
Thu, 09 Jun 2022 14:40:00 GMT
Believe Media’s Daniel Skoglund began his early career directing content across industries, with spots for Ikea, Bosch, Adidas and Absolut Vodka, beauty work for Oriflame, Lumene and Nexxus, as well as fashion spots for clients such as Helmut Lang, Monki, JC, Åhléns and H&M. Daniel’s work ebbs seamlessly between the aesthetic and the human, between epic VFX magic and the minute details of quotidian life, crafting visual languages of several high-end brands including Baccarat, Louis Vuitton, Absolut Vodka, and for his most recent work for Volvo’s #XC90Recharge campaign.
Speaking to LBB, Daniel talks about his entry into the industry, what he does to recharge his creative batteries and the best advice for those taking their first steps in filmmaking.
Daniel> A bit weird, I think. I loved animals and music, especially the band Kiss. I loved the title sequences for the James Bond films – I think that was my first attraction to film and design more than the actual Bond films. I made a little book where I re-drew the typography and all the end credits from the Bond films by hand. No idea why.
Daniel> James Bond, obviously. Some weird Japanese cartoon caveman. Plus, my grandfather.
Daniel> My friend from art school and I started doing title sequences for feature films and TV, but weren’t really interested in animation, so we drifted into commercials more and more.
Daniel> One of the great things about production is that it has a similar dynamic on sets across the globe. The culture around it with both agencies and clients are, however, very different from each other - which is something that I’ve learned a lot from. Especially when it comes to artistic relationships between clients, creatives, crews, etc.
Daniel> I appreciate the process much more nowadays. When I started out, the focus was only on the end result, and I didn’t really notice all the amazing people around me. The more you work with people, the more you discover their talents, and start to develop a creative relationship that is truly unique and can reach much higher than what was intended in the first place.
Daniel> Dancers are just easier and usually very straightforward, like athletes. No fuss. I love working with actors and models, too, but I’ve never had a dancer show up hungover, or even having a bad day on set. They always seem to have an endless source of energy, which is very contagious and pushes things forward.
Daniel> I’ve always loved the art world, so I try to see new stuff at galleries as much as possible. I love wine, cigarettes, and expensive cheese. That’s about it.
Daniel> I think it’s a bad idea to create some sort of goal or look for a specific title to begin with. Visual storytelling just has to be something you love to do. There are no shortcuts or magic tricks to turn you into a director or photographer. You just have to start working. Shoot something on your phone or draw something - and don’t think about the future. If you’re any good, that will sort itself out. I think it’s good to be ambitious, but very bad to set up goals for yourself. They will never happen the way you plan anyway. Usually, you end up with something much more interesting.