In the documentary Nightshift we follow three characters during their night job. We discover the way they experience the night and the way our society, in which daytime jobs are the standard, looks at them. What exactly is their bond with the night and what makes it so special? Why don't they choose to work a 9 to 5 job? And what are the consequences of being active at night?
We follow Yuri during a rough night at sea as a captain for 'Loodswezen'. We go partying with Antonio who's hosting an event as an MC. And we see Harry during one of his final nights in his bakery on the Overtoom in Amsterdam, which he is forced to shut down.
Besides these personal stories, the film brings a homage to the atmosphere of the night and why it is so intriguing. Nightshift takes it's viewers into the night and let's you take a objective look at the characters, while in other moments that dreamy feeling you can achieve during the night visualises.
Why this film?
Since i was a child, i've always been fascinated by the night. Until this day it is a phenomenon i still can't quite put my finger on. It looks like the night automaticly brings other values with it whereby the way humans interact also changes. Lines become more vague and people try to cut loose from the hectic feeling they experience during daytime.
The idea of making a documentary about people who work during night time is something that's been keeping me busy for quite a while. To tell the story through the eyes of people who are most familiar with it, i am hoping to bring new perspectives to the surface. As a director i would like to take the viewer into the atmosphere i associate with during the night. Music is also going to play a key role in reaching that.
Nightshift is my first documentary. The last two years i've been working on it besides my job as a video-editor in advertising. At this moment my focus is completely on finishing the movie and hope to achieve that this summer with your help.
When we first started working on this film, everybody involved did this completely voluntary. I gathered a crew of people with experience in film and documentaries, who also shared the same fascination for the night and wanted this movie to be made.
After long nights of work, in which you were probably asleep, we reached a point where we are no longer able to finish the movie without a budget. The costs are pilling up and to go in to post production we simply need money. Because we want to share this movie with you and want it to reach as many people, we could really need your help. What's maybe even more important is that without your help the movie probably won't ever see the light of day. Or night. And that would be such a shame.
- Jasper van de Pol