VAN GILS - 'WHATEVER HAPPENS'
Sometimes you see a picture and it immediately triggers your mind to imagine the story behind it. A guy running through the street, holding stolen sculpture under his arm and with his other hand dragging a beautiful girl with him, who is laughing out loud. No matter the real story behind it, you can make up a few. And they are all great!
We want to create a series of visuals that tell a great story, but without telling that story ourselves. We leave that to the imagination of the viewer. The different visuals add up to an extraordinary adventure. With situations where the Van Gils suits are really put to the test.
- Gijs, a 32 years old Dutch entrepreneur who runs a start up in herbs and tea that gets its supplies from South America. Gijs is never looking for adventure, but somehow adventure always finds him. And when it does, Gijs takes it like a champ.
- Marc (slightly older, 45 y.o.), Gijs’ friend and partner in the start up. He has been best friends with Gijs for quite a while and has been in situations with him before. He knows that when they are together, anything can happen at any time. And he loves it.
- Angelique, 29 year old, The girlfriend he meets there. Spontaneous and fun loving. Goes where Gijs goes and knows that no matter the strange situations they get into, it will always turn out just fine.
In the mountains Gijs and Marc end up in a small village, where that night the yearly festival is celebrated. This is where Gijs meets Angelique, a beautiful girl. They dance all night, till her brother shows up, who is not amused. Angelique grabs Gijs’ hand and they run off. They laugh, they are in love. They are running, away, but they have each other. Just when the festivals fireworks take off, they jump over a hedge. In mid-air they find out there’s quite a steep cliff behind it. With the fireworks in the background they hang in mid air with a mix of laughter and disbelief on their face. That is when the photo is taken.
Days later Gijs is back in the capital and he and Marc find a wallet in the bar where they were having a drink. It has ‘Marcos’ written on the inside, as well as an address in the shady part of town. They try to find this Marcos that seems to be the owner. When they get to the address, the door opens and a big bearded man welcomes them friendly. They enter a room where they are playing high stakes poker. In the back a girl is dancing on the table. At the moment they set foot inside, a chicken jumps on the table, messing up all the chips stacks, cards and money involved. Everyone stares at it in shock. That is when the photo is taken.
They have become friends with Carlos and have been invited to several parties at his place. Parties that always last till the next morning. On one of those mornings Gijs, Marc and Gijs’ girlfriend Angelique say goodbye. Carlos insists that Gijs takes a present home. He has a bass guitar that he would like to give and Gijs accepts this gratefully. In the morning light they decide to look for a place to have breakfast. So still dressed up in their party outfits and with the bass guitar, they enter Confeitaria Colombo. A nice place where they serve the best pastry in town, in a stunningly beautiful setting. Hungry as they are they order a lot. Waiting to be served they look back at the crazy night they just had. They admire the bass guitar they have been given. Gijs jumps up to do a little jamming. Behind him was the waiter with his hands full of plates. He loses his balance and falls backwards. Through the eyes of the waiter we look up and see Marc with his bass guitar, Gijs, Angelique and other guests leaning in to see if he is all right. That is when the photo is taken.
Gijs and Marc are having a walk through the busy streets in the capital. They see a bunch of street hustlers trying to scam some tourists with a card trick. But Gijs manages to read the hustlers and tells the tourists what to do, so the scam fails and the hustlers lose their money. They get annoyed, but Gijs is having fun mocking the hustlers. Till the hustlers have had it and decide to teach Gijs a lesson. Gijs en Marc run off, the hustlers chase them through the alleys. Gijs en Marc run up the stairs of a house and find a creative hiding place in the canopy. There –from above- we see them lying, holding still. In the street below them we see their pursuers. From the window above two small children look down on them open-eyed. Gijs puts his finger on his lips to tell them not to betray them. That is when the photo is taken.
Gijs and Angelique have made quite a name of themselves as ‘always up for adventure’, so they get talked into a dare challenge, by their friends. They get blindfolded and instructed to keep the blindfold on as long as possible. They are placed back to back and hold hands. Minutes pass by and they wonder what is happening. Suddenly they hear a weird loud noise, followed by a spray of rain, which makes them wet. Still holding hands they both use the other hand to lift up their blindfold a bit to peak from underneath it. They find themselves standing on a small boat, in the middle of the ocean. Next to them they see they have gotten company from a giant whale. The noise was the whale exhaling and that is what it does again. A big fountain of water is blown up and rains down. That is when the photo is taken.
Gijs has been to the market and bought a basket full of lobster. He drives home, and this is when his car breaks down. Luckily a small Volkwagen van stops and the driver offers him a ride. The van is full of musicians. Gijs accepts the offer gratefully, but because he doesn’t want to bother them with the penetrating smell, he keeps standing in the open doorway and places the basket of lobster on the roof of the van. It doesn’t take long, before a couple of seagulls have smelt the lobster and keep coming closer and closer. Gijs has no idea what is happening above them, he is enjoying the ride. When one of the seagulls is ‘going for it’, that is when the photo is taken.
Gijs and Angelique are visiting a friend. Not just any guy, but a very wealthy gentleman with a private Island a few kilometers off the coast. They are having such a great time, they lose track of the days. Suddenly Gijs realizes he has an important meeting and they missed the boat back to the mainland. Their friend offers to fly them to the city himself, with his favourite toy, his own helicopter. Landed at the helicopter platform they wave their friend goodbye, when they realize their luggage is still onboard. “Just throw it”. But when the suitcases come down, they open and Gijs and Angelique stand on the platform in a rain of clothes that circle down because of the wind from the blades. When a piece of underwear lands in Gijs’ face, they laugh out loud. That is when the photo is taken.
Gijs and Angelique have been in the city untill the sun came up. Now on a market, with broad daylight, they are still awake and up for adventure. They have been up to something; you see them running down a lane in between the market stalls. People are chasing them and are looking at them with a surprised face. Gijs and Angelique are laughing and running…. and what is that they are holding in their hands?....