Jaap Ruurd Feitsma (1984) is an award winning freelance artist who specialises in visual storytelling. He graduated from the NHL University of Applied Sciences with a Bachelor of Multimedia in 2010. Parts of his study were done at the Anadolu University (Film & TV faculty) in Eskisehir, Turkey. After that, he did a film production internship at the film production company CheckTheGate in Portugal. For his graduation project he made a short documentary film in Gobabis, Namibia.
With a background in both multimedia and film studies, he works under the name of Feitsma Visuals as a director, camera operator, cinematographer, photographer & Virtual Reality (VR) creative.
He has experience in a variety of productions, such as documentaries, music videos, TV/online commercials, interactive web based content and narrative fiction. These productions are often told through various forms of Transmedia storytelling and World Building methods and techniques. Wether a project is for a certain brand or a specific story, he considers the choices made on (hypo)diegetic levels of the utmost importance.
For these projects, Jaap has been fortunate enough to travel around the world to over forty-five countries. This gave him, besides his formal education, a real view and sense of the world. Jaap got to meet people and other cultures that he would have otherwise never met. He got to visit and live in places that he would have never even been to otherwise. He got an insight into what goes on in the world we live in and is dedicated to tell stories that would otherwise not be told.
Jaap has worked for an extensive list of clients including the BBC, Subaru, Red Bull, Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts, various NGO's and more.
Jaap also taught film, VR and photography as a lecturer, mentor and film instructor at the NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. His background in education made Jaap notice the power and necessity of education in general and that of sharing knowledge and hands-on training.
For more information about Jaap and his work and his résumé, feel free to visit his website at www.feitsmavisuals.com.