Joris Dommels

Joris Dommels
Joris Dommels is a freelance director and copywriter. His work has often been described as mind boggling, pure genius, and mostly epic. A man of many words, in his spare time he likes to write short biographies about himself in third person. He wrote this one too.

Tight pants and epiphanies

Some time ago I was speeding along the beautiful polders of Ouderkerk aan de Amstel on my racing bike. Yes, I’m one of those people. And yes: helmet, shirt with loud advertising and tight shorts that show the world you have no career waiting in… More.

The silence of the phones

And then, with a deafening silence, the phone stops ringing. It happens to every freelancer. One minute you’re working your ass off, the next minute the phone stops ringing and you find yourself without work. Nothing. Niente. Nada. Zip, zilch, zero. To most people with… More.

Knights of the Silly Table

Working in advertising is like being in a relationship with a borderline: never a dull moment. One moment life is peachy, and you and Advertising couldn’t be more in lurv. The next moment, completely out of the blue, Advertising will rear its ugly head and… More.

From my uterus, with love

And yet again it’s column writing time. To me, creating something stupendously creative – like directing a commercial or writing this column – is sort of like giving birth, metaphorically speaking. Not that I would know what it feels like to squeeze an 8 pound… More.

Man boobs and miserable cows

A couple of years ago I was at a party, talking to a beautiful woman. I felt like that guy Mel Gibson played in that movie when he had this accident and he could hear what women were thinking so he said all the right things and… More.

The Gentle Art of Not Giving a Fuck

There’s something rotten in the Kingdom of Advertising. No surprise there. It’s advertising. But this specific phenomenon has taken more casualties than the opening scenes of Saving Private Ryan and is now more common than Lesbians Who Look Like Justin Bieber. The rotten something I’m… More.

A Game of Thrusts

The subject of today is ‘sexposition’. Now, if you’ve never heard of this term, there is no need to question your vast and superior knowledge of filmmaking techniques. It’s a rather hidden gem. I only stumbled upon it by accident, whilst being utterly lost on… More.