The Filming Of Michiel de Ruyter

Whilst I was in Amsterdam, Summer 2014, we came across a bit of a commotion at The Dam. Now for those of you who have been to Amsterdam before or even those of you who are Dutch will know that just outside of the Palace there is ALWAYS stuff going on. Be it street performers, protesters, characters from the Dungeon attractions (they always freak me out!) or performers of any kind. Its no surprise to see a group of people collected around an attraction.

What we saw was something a little bigger than a man dressed up as  a robot sitting on a box (yes I’ve seen him too). We saw and actual movie being filmed. At the time obviously I had no clue what this movie was or if it was anything special but it clearly wasn’t an amateur dramatics things! The film we saw was Michiel de Ruyter.

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According to IMDb…. When the young republic of The Netherlands is attacked by England, France and Germany and the country itself is on the brink of civil war, only one man can lead the county’s strongest weapon, the Dutch fleet: Michiel de Ruyter. 

We saw a funeral scene being filmed. I can’t tell you whose or when it comes in the movie as its not out until the 29th January 2015 and its only out in Holland. Barry Atsma is in it too! I quite like him. I think thats him directly behind us in our selfie (the one with the guy photobombing us!).

Never the less here is the trailer and its a great story to tell. I’ve never seen a film being shot before. It would be interesting to see how they block out the modern elements and backdrops. I’m sure in the 17th Century there wasn’t a ‘History and Royalty’ exhibition going on in the cathedral! They’ve blacked out the lamppost too so I should imagine thats easy editing.

Oh and heres a link to a video I found on YouTube made by someone else watching the same thing. *Side note: Isn’t it amazing how two people who don’t know each other and have never met can have watched the same thing but from a different angle!*


Are you planning on seeing it? Let me know how it goes I would love a cheeky little review of it from someone. Its not the kind of movie that appeals to my Dutch friends so I doubt they’ll go see it. 

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