Best known for his music videos, Elam graduate Tim van Dammen began dabbling in acting, bands and photography as a teen. Inbetween drumming for Collapsing Cities, he has directed two no-budget features and 160+ videos, including clips for Sola Rosa, Boh Runga and Kids of 88. His third feature Romeo and Juliet: A Love Story, launched at the 2013 NZ International Film Festival. It combined Shakespeare, many songs and trailer trash. Five years later the festival was set to play van Dammen's action comedy Mega Time Squad.
Having shot a lot to music vids helps because it is very difficult to shoot to music – much harder than shooting standard drama or comedy because everything needs to be in time to a track. Tim van Dammen on making Romeo and Juliet: A Love Story, Flicks website, 26 July 2013