Author: Martin

  • Incredible Iceland

    Incredible Iceland

    I just spent two weeks on a trip to Iceland. I drove my electric car to the Northern tip of Denmark and boarded a ferry there. By way of Faroe Islands, the ship needed two days to get to the little port of Seyðisfjörður on the Eastern end of Iceland. (Turns out: there is no…

  • Rou Reynolds: Rockstar and Systems Change Advocate

    Rou Reynolds: Rockstar and Systems Change Advocate

    It was a particular pleasure to interview Rou Reynolds — lead singer, keyboardist and chief song writer in the band “Enter Shikari” — for our podcast “Express Change”. I had the chance to meet Rou already during our work on the documentary “Purpose”, so I knew already what a compelling combination of humble, insightful, entertaining,…

  • Uploading my first film to a server in Iceland

    Uploading my first film to a server in Iceland

    Today is a big day. I uploaded a 33 GB file to an online space that’s managed by the people at Harpa venue in Iceland. Because that is where my documentary feature film “Purpose” will have its premiere on June 11th. The file (a 1080 HD mp4) is my finished film. It will be shown…

  • My Latest Animation Films

    My Latest Animation Films

    In the past weeks, I have posted a few more MOPALAB films. After ‘The Meet’, which I believe to be a highlight so far, I have added: This is probably the most political (?) of my animation films to date. When making it, I did not set out with that purpose in mind. I just…

  • The Last Leg of A Filmmaking Journey

    The Last Leg of A Filmmaking Journey

    I am typing this on the train, en route to Amsterdam, to see my filmmaker friend Martijn Veldhoen. He will help me with the final sound mix of my film ‘Purpose’. Martijn has made many documentary (mostly short) films, many of which have won prizes at film festivals. He is a fairly unique filmmaker in…

  • Two Amazing Women On The Express Change Podcast

    Two Amazing Women On The Express Change Podcast

    I’ve been so busy with the post production of the documentary feature film I am currently working on — I didn’t even find the time to write about two inspiring conversations we posted on Express Change! Katja Iversen — “Step It Up” and Katherine Trebeck — “The Clusterfuck Monologues”. Katja is the CEO of the…

  • ‘The Meet’ — a 40-Second Film Noir

    ‘The Meet’ — a 40-Second Film Noir

    Here is the latest film on my animation channel. I am quite fond of this one, the old man took a while to draw, and animating those hands wasn’t easy either. I am quite pleased with the final result though.

  • What If Our Political Debates Began With Music-Making?

    What If Our Political Debates Began With Music-Making?

    For episode three of our podcast ‘Express Change’, we spoke with Mapumba Cilombo, a musician originally from Kolwezi in the Democratic Republic of Congo, who lives and works in South Africa. The conversation was very warm and uplifting, Mapumba came across as someone I’d like to have as a friend: a shiny, open, kind person…

  • Presenting My New Animation Film Project: ‘MOPALAB’

    Presenting My New Animation Film Project: ‘MOPALAB’

    Visual creativity matters a great deal to me. It always has. I love the drawing style of Hergé. I was also very influenced by the early cover designs of the German youth book series “Die drei ???” by Aiga Rasch. I’ve been drawing all my life, on and off, starting when I was two years…

  • Learning from Tim Jackson — Episode 2 of Express Change

    Learning from Tim Jackson — Episode 2 of Express Change

    In 2017, Tim Jackson was the starting point. With him, I began my ‘rethinking journey’ on everything I thought I knew about economic growth. Let’s not forget: For 17 years, between 1999 and 2016, I was an advertising man, an ambassador of economic growth. When we developed the first version of our show ‘vollehalle‘ in…