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The Essential List

The Essential List: Willem Gerritsen

The CZAR Amsterdam director uses Olive Oil Soap as a hair gel and he swears by it

The Essential List: Willem Gerritsen

Willem Gerritsen, one of the talented directors at CZAR Amsterdam studied Philosophy before deciding to be a filmmaker. He has just finished working for Mastercard, embarking on an emotional journey to create a nostalgic film for the brand’s latest Safety and Security campaign. His work ranges from commercials to corporate films and catchy music videos. Since joining CZAR, he has made commercials for brands like Heineken, Disney, LG, and Coca-Cola.  

Let's deep dive into Willem's Essential List. Maybe we'll stop using hair gel too.


o Place of birth: The Hague, Holland
o Hometown: Amsterdam
o Staycation: Also Amsterdam!

o Vacation: Italy
o Place of work: Everywhere 
o Place of workout: Nowhere 
o Mode of transport: My motorbike


o Miscellaneous Travel Essential: A K.V.C. Westerlo airhorn



o Artist: Van Gogh
o Musician: Elliott Smith, Brahms   
o Commercials director: Martin de Thurah 
o Film director: David Fincher (and many others)
o Photographer: Rinko Kawauchi
o Film: Blade Runner
o Series: The Leftovers
o Music Video: Sia - Chandelier 

o Video Game: Beyond - Two Souls
o Board Game: Risk
o Book: 1984
o Graphic Novel: Letter 44
o Newspaper (off or online): The Correspondent 
o Magazine: Wired
o Miscellaneous Art: This

Food and Drink

o Breakfast: Porridge and lots of fruit
o Cheap bite: Vegan Junk Food Bar
o Working lunch: Sla!
o Dish: Sushi Dragon Roll
o Snack: Cashews/pistachio nuts
o Guilty Pleasure: Crisps
o Booze: IPA beer
o Not booze: Coconut water  
o Miscellaneous food: Choco pops 
o Miscellaneous Beverage: Scorpion Vodka 


o Phone: iPhone
o Computer: Air
o TV: Projector
o Headphones: Bose 
o Camera: Polaroid
o Soundsystem: Cambridge Audio 
o Pen / pencil: None
o Where you document an idea: In Notes
o Casual wear: Sandro, Kooples, Mud Jeans
o Smart wear: Sandro, Kooples
o Footwear: Nike
o Watch: Komono
o App: Google maps, saved many otherwise lost hours

o Website: Ted, YouTube 
o Blog: Gizmodo
o Work program: Premiere Pro
o Digital work tool: Final Draft 
o Analogue work tool: Stress ball
o Morning grooming / makeup essential: Olive Oil soap as hair gel (better than any fudge or gel)
o Miscellaneous Kit Essential: VR mask
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