Who wouldn’t want to be a space pilot?
For a young boy raised on silent movies, fascinated by the basics of their visuals, characters and stories, chasing the dream was the key… and the dream was the biggest: to become a fighter pilot, and eventually take that experience into man’s final frontier.
Bo Krabbe has always believed that if you really put your mind to something, you can achieve it. This proved unexpectedly true when he found himself turning down the opportunity to become a fighter pilot, in order to pursue what turned out to be his real dream: telling stories on the big screen, just like in those movies that had enchanted him as a boy.
Being born in Denmark, a land of fairytales, gave Bo a different experience and worldview to most of those around him when he attended film school in the US, a distinction that has always injected his work with a unique vision and perspective, and that led to his being awarded with the Honors Program for a short film made in his senior year.
Continuing this strain of individuality, he chose not to go straight to work in the Hollywood industry upon leaving film school, but to travel, becoming a highly successful director in the Asian market. This enriched his experience of the world and taught him to be a stronger, more varied storyteller, able to attract and compel large audiences, while keeping the onscreen elements believable, emotional and intelligent.
When he found himself on location filming F16 fighter jets for an air force recruiting campaign, he knew he had come full circle… Building his portfolio, Bo gained experience with all the technical aspects of filmmaking, including stop-motion and visual effects, as well as photographic ‘in camera’ effects, to become the most accomplished filmmaker he could be.
Bo has steadily built up a long list of international, Fortune 500 clients, creating world-class work in multiple languages and markets around the globe, including spots for Volkswagen, Adidas, Coca-Cola, Nestle, Princess Cruises and many others. His work has been seen by millions of people in many countries, such as his successful global campaign for Qatar Airways.
Awards followed, including around two-dozen Adoi and Citra Pariwara Advertising Awards, the top advertising trophies of Southeast Asia and Indonesia at the time. He also won a Gold for Animation and Visuals for his Greenfield dairy spot in 2006 (as well as five others that year) and a Silver Award for Best Director for his work for energy drink Extra Joss.
But what really sets Bo apart is his enthusiasm for collaboration. He has a passion for working closely with actors and writers, drawing out compelling stories and personal, believable performances. He has an innate understanding of the audience’s needs, both for genuine connection and to be treated with intelligence and respect. His work doesn’t pander; it explores, enquires and - most importantly - entertains.
All of this, combined with his extreme attention to detail and ability to adapt to and incorporate age-old and brand new technologies and techniques into his work give him a formidable arsenal of talents and tools from which to draw.
Throughout all of this, Bo has himself been writing and collaborating; he is currently working on a novel which he intends to adapt into a screenplay, as well as writing and developing feature projects, one set on the Polish-German border during the dark days of World War II, a post-war project set in the Pacific, and a clutch of Science-Fiction stories that stretch back to his first love of space exploration.
With a full understanding of every aspect of his craft and the vision to create narratives that can achieve both creative and financial success, the time has come to fully realise that dream… the time has come for Bo to make movies that will enchant the world.
He speaks six languages, but he’d prefer to speak to everyone in the universal, visual language of moving pictures. His future lies firmly in bringing stories to the big screen and, maybe someday, becoming a space pilot.
Name: Bo Krabbe
Lives in: Santa Monica, California
Occupation: Director, Filmmaker and Screenwriter