Maarten Kal

Documentary and Commissioned Film

About Maarten Kal

documentary director and cinematographer

Maarten Kal is a direcor and cinematographer for documentary film, commercial and commisoned film. Visit his website for biography, portfolio and contact details.


BIO Maarten Kal

I work as a cinematographer and director, shooting documentary films and high end branded video content. Let's start with a short story.


Since 2003, I studied (Visual) Anthropology at the universities of Amsterdam, Leiden and Toronto and graduated in 2009 with a Dual Master in Audiovisual Journalism in Amsterdam. In my studies, I focused on documentary filmmaking, thereby shooting and editing my own films and cooperating on the documentaries of my fellow students. During my studies I worked freelance for two Dutch regional broadcasters and was also hired by production agencies making commissioned films for corporate clients. Soon I specialized as a director and cinematographer. After finishing my Masters in early 2009, I decided to keep on working freelance. I was hired by advertisement and video agencies making films for companies like Coca-Cola, Akzo-Nobel, ING Bank and many others, in the Netherlands and abroad. In 2014, I started my own video production agency named Story Collective, making online commercials and commissioned films for inetrnational clients .It enables me to work as an independent documentary director and cinematographer on several documentary films.


As an independent filmmaker I am intrigued by character driven stories, the most by privateers and world savers with an outrageous quest. Inspired people that have the guts to try change the world is what interest me most. I directed th documentary How Captain Longhair saved the world, broadcasted on HollandDoc and now available online. Lately I more intersted in natural health and music. I love to work in a small team under daring circumstances, and often I am asked to do cinematography for documentary films of directors from the Netherlands and abroad. As a director I am currently working on a new documentary, about an African plant with healing superpowers, as well as a short film about a schizophrenic patient trying to quit his medication.


Based in Amsterdam, love working abroad. I have work experience in Austria, Dominican Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Greece, Haiti, Iran, Turkey, Uganda, Russia, Sri Lanka, Spain Switzerland, United Kingdom and Yemen. Ik speak fluent English and Dutch, French and German moderate.

Story Collective

For commercial work I'd like to cooperate with other directors, camerapeople and creatives through my company Story Collective. We create online commercials and commissioned films for clients in the Netherlands and abroad. For the company profile, portfolio and contact details of Story Collective please visit our new website. We love to help foreign crews shooting in the Netherlands, or could take over the production process.


Studio: Keerpunt 12, 1013 DK Amsterdam
tel. +316 11 310 577