Lorenzo is 14 years old and the main character of this documentary. Everyone who knows Lorenzo will tell you he is a special kid. He has an enormous drive to constantly improve his game. Breaking is on his mind every moment of the day. His perfectionism drives him to great heights but it can also break him up when he fails to perform a certain move. At those moments, he can be a difficult person to deal with for his family, crew and others around him.
He has won almost everything that can be won and he has become world champion breaking in his age category. Now he is joining the adult competition. In the long run he wants to win the Red Bull BC One, which can be seen as the unofficial world championship breakdance. Breakdance will be part of the Olympic Games for the first time in 2024 in Paris. Another important goal for Lorenzo is to shine at the Olympics in Paris.
Federico is twelve years old and Lorenzo's little brother. They are always together and they train in their own training room at home almost every day. Their relationship is very strong and special. It is safe to say that they are brothers but also best friends. Federico is also a very talented dancer but not as succesful as Lorenzo yet. In this film we will look at how their relationship works and whether there is ever jealousy between the two.
Mino is Lorenzo's dad. He supports Lorenzo in almost everything that he does: he joins him at battles in foreign countries, books hotel rooms and flights, does the paper work, advises Lorenzo which battles to go to and which not, and he helps filming Lorenzo's videos for Youtube and Instagram. He can also be seen as Lorenzo's manager. Mino is a perfectionist, just like Lorenzo, and he pushes Lorenzo to always give everything that he has and perform at the highest level. In our film, we will look at how far Mino goes in pushing Lorenzo.
Raymon is the owner of dance school Fresh and he has been Lorenzo's trainer for years now. He’s got to know Lorenzo as a very shy kid who did his own thing in a corner of the room during training sessions and didn't really get involved with the other kids. According to Raymon, when Lorenzo started breaking, he was fairly talented, but the didn't really stand out. After a couple of months however, he noticed that Lorenzo was making a lot of progress. That's why he chose Lorenzo to compete in crew battles. During an important crew battle, when they had a 'tie break', Raymon had to choose which dancer he would select for a 1 vs 1. He chose Lorenzo and everyone said he was crazy. He took Lorenzo aside and told him which moves to perform. A few minutes later the 1 vs 1 started and Lorenzo did everything Raymon had told him perfectly which made the crew win the battle. From that moment on Raymon realised that Lorenzo was extremely talented.
Raymon has often joined Lorenzo to international battles and also when Lorenzo participated in tv show Time to Dance. He has become an important mentor for Lorenzo over the years. He was able to teach Lorenzo a lot on both the mental and technical aspect of breakdancing. Nowadays, Lorenzo is a better b-boy than Raymon and Raymon sometimes questions if he is still able to teach Lorenzo new things.
Josje van Engelen
Josje van Engelen is 24 years old and studies Journalism at the HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht. She was born and raised in Maarheeze, Brabant, where she and her family lived very close to Lorenzo's family. The two families visited each other regularly and Josje used to babysit Lorenzo when she was a young girl. After Lorenzo's family moved to Limburg, they kept in touch. Because of this warm relationship, Josje got the unique opportunity to make this documentary, where Lorenzo's family normally wouldn't give filmmakers such a chance. Josje is very interested in (working with) children and her dream job would be a job at Het Jeugdjournaal, Het Klokhuis or Zapp, which are all Dutch tv shows for children.
Thanks to her internship at RTL, Josje knows a lot about the productional side of making video productions. She also has a good network, full of photographers, music producers and graphic designers. She will use this network to make the documentary as beautiful as possible, but also to make content for the social media channels.
Max Pickkers is also 24 years old and also studies Journalism at the HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht. He was born and raised in Amsterdam and last year he did an internship at Ajax TV, the club channel the famous Amsterdam's football club. At this internship, he got the chance to come up with a lot of his own ideas and execute them. This is why he knows a lot about different types of filming gear he can use, filming methods and editing all the raw footage. He also has a good netwerk with a lot of film producers, cameramen and sound designers (in it).
Max is very interested in music, and hip hop is one of his favourite genres. He grew up with artists such as Eminem, Kanye West and Akon. When he was in secondary school, he started doing more research about hip hop as a culture and began listening to hip hop from the 80s and 90s. He started watching movies and documentaries about hip hop and learnt that breakdance, also known as breaking, is a big part of the hip hop culture. That's why he was so excited when Josje told him she wanted to make a documentary about a breakdancer, or actually a b-boy. They agreed to do their utmost making this documentary as good as possible.