Maryke Van Kets

Maryke Van Kets


Marijke Van Kets is an established Cinematographer and an elected member of the Belgian Society of Cinematographers, SBC. Her body of work includes feature films, commercials, video clips, creative documentaries and her specialty is in stop motion animation films. In 1993 Marijke worked on an animation film “Opera Imaginaire” by Guionne Leroy as an assistant camera operator, and became hooked on this Art of filmmaking. During the preproduction for the animation film Femme Papillon (Virginie Boudin, 2000) the producer, Geert Van Goethem, asked Marijke if she could find a way to shoot with digital photo cameras instead of the 35 mm Mitchell camera normally used. She took on the challenge and together with Marc Ume, the editor, and De Jonghe lab designed the new digital workflow. From capture to treating the digital files to converting and finally shoot out to negative for the 35mm projection screen. She played a pioneering role in the transition into the digital workflow back then.

Over the past twenty years, Marijke also taught a variety of Cinematography courses at film schools in Singapore and Belgium. She is the co-chair of the education committee of IMAGO, the International Federation of Cinematographers.

Since 2010 she devoted time to academic work resulting in a doctoral thesis titled “The emotions of a lens” a theoretically-based insight into the perception of Cinematography. Thus adding a novel focus to the field of film studies. Her current research project, Visual Storytelling “Qu’est-ce que la mise en scène?” investigates further the Cinematographer’s role in the cinematographic discourse of a narrative film. Her aim is to bridge the knowledge about visual storytelling that resides in the professional world of Cinematographers with expertise residing in the academic world of film studies. She is the chair of the International Joint Research group: Cinematography in Progress (Belgium-Germany-Portugal) who wishes to further that aim.