Black Dog Chat: Casper Balslev

22.08.2017 - Posted by : Emily

When it comes to making banging content, the director’s vision carries the project from beginning to end. That’s why we wanted to peel back the curtain and find out what makes our Black Dog Directors tick.

Danish Director and master visual storytelling, Casper Balslev developed his keen eye early while assisting his aerial photographer father with his work. When Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, Casper immediately dropped everything, flew to America, and spent five days shooting photographs in the deserted city of New Orleans. His resulting portfolio of large-format landscape portraits, Nawlins, won him a coveted spot at the National Gallery Copenhagen’s annual Young Danish Photography exhibition and was curated at galleries internationally.

With a degree from Danish School of Media and Journalism, Balslev turned his passion to music videos, creating work for such diverse artists as Josef Salvat, Marina & the Diamonds, the Presets and Seinabo Sey. Casper’s branded short for fashion label Hans Kjøbenhavn won a Cannes Lion in 2013, a Gold for Best Direction at Eurobest and a spot in Saatchi’s New Directors Showcase.

His most recent video features a memorable voice over by Iggy Pop for alt J’s “In Cold Blood.” The video follows a wood mouse as his tiny adventures lead him to a grizzly post shoot-out scene that wouldn’t be amiss in a Tarantino movie. Watch it below, and keep reading to learn more about Casper Balslev!


Favorite music video?

Got a few. Björk ”All is Full of Love”. Daft Punk “Revolution 909”. Beastie Boy “Sabotage”, Justice “Stress”.

Tell us one thing we don’t know about you.

I have a background from photojournalism and reportage photography.

What is your favorite word in the English language?

“Sensational”.

Beatles or Stones?

Stones.

What would the title of your autobiography be?

I would let someone else figure that out….

What’s your hangover cure?

Burgers…

What do you enjoy most about your work?

Creating and to pull off great ideas. As well as to get to work with great people and friends.

Favorite joke? 

What did the bored spider do? It went online!

You’re stranded on a desert island, and you’ve got one book. What is it?

Stanley Kubrick’s achieve book. Its pretty big, so I guess I could use a few pages creating fire, until I figured out alternative ways.

How do you stay sane at the airport?

I have an Instagram profile dedicated to that purpose.  It’s called “Airportsurfer”, go follow me.

What was your first/most embarrassing email address?

I think DarthVader_underscroll some random number@hotmail.com

If you weren’t a Director what would you be?

A Cinematographer I think.

Draw a picture of yourself.

My son Carlo did this one 🙂

Now you know a bit about our Director Casper Balslev. Keep up with his work here.

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