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The Essential List: Rigel Kilston



Founder of Splash Studios on his love for The Big Lebowski and his spicy taste for Szechuan hand pulled noodles

The Essential List: Rigel Kilston

Rigel Kilston is the founder of Splash Studios. A director and award winning editor originally from Los Angeles, he has been one of Amsterdam’s most prolific editors for the last ten years, working closely with agencies and production companies worldwide creating films in the fields of commercial, fashion and music videos.  His work has amassed hundreds of millions of views, helping to launch artists from all over the world.  


o Hometown: I grew up in Koreatown, Los Angeles.

o Vacation: Mexico!

o Pet: Luna, my silver tipped Chinchilla Persian cat

o Place of work: Splash Studios

o Place of workout: Soho House Amsterdam

o Mode of transport: Van Moof E-Bike


o Artist: Goya

Musician: Gucci Mane, Beirut

Commercials / music video director: Nono Ayuso + Rodrigo Inada,  Ryan Staake, Salomon Ligthelm, Ben Strebel, Paul Geusebroek

Film director: David Lynch, Scorcese 

Photographer: Robert Frank

Film: The Big Lebowski! (They shot a scene in my grandmother’s house in Los Angeles.) Other favourites are Mulholland Drive, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull & The Godfather trilogy.

Series: Curb Your Enthusiasm

Commercial: You Can’t Stop Sport. 

Music video: Everything by Michel Gondry

Video game: Street Fighter. 

Board game: Clue

Book: This is a tough one but American Psycho 

Graphic novel: The Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child illustrated by my dear friend Rafael Grampá.

Podcast: I might be the only person who doesn’t listen to podcasts.

Newspaper (off or online): The Guardian

Bonus culture essential: Yung Lean. If you know, you know.

Food and Drink

Breakfast: Black coffee

Restaurant: Il Santo Bevitore in Florence is the best Italian I’ve ever had. But Soot Bull Jeep in Koreatown is my favorite of all time.

Cheap bite: Turkish pizza

Favorite dish: Szechuan hand pulled noodles

Signature dish: Oxtail bourguignon

Bar: De Doctor. My man Hanny owns it. He’s the ex chief of police in Amsterdam and he has this amazing scotch collection. It’s also the smallest bar in Amsterdam!

Booze: Japanese whiskey

Not booze: Coconut water straight from the coconut


Phone: Purple iphone 14 pro max

Computer: Fast ones

TV: 65 inch Oled

Headphones: Audeze

Camera: Leica

Soundsystem: Adam A7X

Pen / pencil: Wacom

Where you document an idea: Notes app

Casual clothing: Ignored Prayers sweats

Smart clothing: COMME des GARÇONS

Footwear: Nike

Watch: Nope

App: Tidal


Favorite social media feed: @ordinarypeoplememes

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Splash Studios, Mon, 07 Nov 2022 09:42:02 GMT