What is Postwar?

Helping them see what you mean

Postwar is the creative company of writer/director S G Collins.

Collins makes short movies to help people and organizations tell their stories. He's been in the business since 1981, creating marketing films, TV spots and other visual media for both small and globally active enterprises, including nonprofits and academic groups.

His clients value Collins's ability to present a complex technology, or an arcane value proposition, in such a way that lay people swiftly grasp its significance. The goal is always to make a real difference in viewers' minds.

Brief showreel of Collins' work (2:35 min).

Business film

Marketing films: clarity + concision = coolness

People often use video to
— introduce the organization
— romance the company identity
— illustrate an obscure concept
— explain a new technology
— launch a new product
— persuade bosses to support an internal project
— open a conference
— excite the workforce
— recruit new talent
— raise funds

Collins's method is simple: focus on true meaning. Collins tries to break through the trap of corporate 'internal focus' and express the real significance of his clients' ideas in plain language. Clarity and concision are his most sought-after virtues.

But it's not enough for the message to be accessible: it also has to be true. Each project obliges the filmmaker to learn and understand the client's ideas thoroughly enough, that he can then plot the shortest path to the viewer's mind.

Over the years Collins's clients have included Sony, Alcatel-Lucent, Reebok, Hologic, IBM Software, L'instrumentarium Paris, Lensman, Euro-IX, Avid, NewTek, TraceLink, Dunlop, EeStairs, Raptim ... and Mr Tong's restaurant.

See also: '10 tips for effective business film'

Here are some examples of Collins' movies for business:

'Continuum' (01:32) Hologic. Corporate image film.

'Taboo Talks teaser' (02:00) Taboo Talks. Teaser / show open for a series of seminars on difficult subjects.

'EeCrew' (01:30) EeStairs. Film to recruit new craftspeople.

'Run' (01:13) Reebok. Energizer for sales conference. Photographed in Ireland by Barry Donnellan.

'Dream Flight' (02:00) EeStairs. Product marketing film for Dutch stairway design company.

'The Unexpected Woman' (01:20) Hologic. Opener for women's leadership conference.

'Life Sciences Cloud' (04:40) TraceLink. Tech product marketing film, pharmaceutical sector.

'Musicians Without Borders' (02:53) Nonprofit funding appeal.

'The Purpose of Beauty' (04:48) Natasja Paskas. Small business, professional service promo.

Food spots

Collins designs web spots for cafés and restaurants.

'Zest' (01:30) Zest, Amsterdam. Small business, restaurant web video.

'Mr Tong's' (00:30) Mr Tong's Asian Restaurant. Small business, restaurant ad.

'Sushi Me' (00:30) Spot for sushi delivery in Amsterdam. Small business, restaurant ad.

'Hungry?' (00:20) Spot for cake shop. Small business ad.

Independent work

Collins also creates purely imaginative works.

Collins also has an active life as an independent artist, leaving a trail of short dramatic films, no-budget docus, underground music videos, sound plays, fiction, paintings and music. He is always working — either making up stories or telling true ones.

'Volk vs visgraat' (2018) (27:30) (English: People versus fishbone) A documentary about how radical changes in public transit policy are affecting the lives of eight Amsterdammers. In Dutch with English subtitles.

'Heidi Helressel's weirdest Tuesday' (2017) (30:00) A strange little Amsterdam story about 24 hours in the life of a young novelist. In English with Dutch subtitles.

'Burgerzaken' (2015) (14:30) Surreal love story about a guy drifting between dreams in contemporary Amsterdam. In Dutch, with English subtitles.

'Bang' (2016) (14:02) Two people who share the same fear meet by accident on New Year's Eve in Amsterdam.

'A different Texas' (2016) (09:40) A stranger sits next to her in the café, claiming to be sent from the future.

Moonaddict: 'Zie me staan' (2013) (04:56) Music video, made in Amsterdam. 'Look outside and see me standing there.'

Aleksandra Anisimowicz: 'Hier soir ' (2012) (03:18) Music video, made in Paris. From Poulenc's 'La Voix Humaine'.

Niets zeggend' (2009) (17:40) Documentary about the lost choreographer, Micheline Dumonceau.


The 'Mungo Royo' soundplays (2012-2013)

Four audio dramas set in a dystopic future, featuring a philosophical ice cream man with mysterious powers. All the 'actors' are friends of Collins.

Books

Writing fiction.

Some of Collins's writings are available for purchase from Amazon.

Malibu Jesus — (fiction)... He wakes up lucky, and has no idea why. And he seems to have sprouted a gift for helping people. His newfound role as the reluctant ‘Awakener’ lands him in some extremely Malibu situations — always with one foot on each side of the fault line between rich and poor, reality and illusion, love and pain, comfort and disaster.

Anne who lives — (fiction) As a young girl, she spent three years in hiding from the Nazis. As an old woman, she helps a young one escape from an abusive boyfriend, and must choose between safety and truth. In between, she leads a blazing, accidental, creative and controverisal life. A life that should have happened.

Angel guts — (fiction) 'Two girls in love, a Honda Civic, and America. What could go wrong?'
This book features in the 'Heidi Helressel' film.

Susan at the center of the universe — (fiction) Set in Amsterdam. 'Time and space begin ... in the palm of your hand.' A new age wanderer moves in with an astrophysicist. Science and spirituality collide. Sexual tension swirls. And they accidentally learn from each other.

The guy in 13, and other fictions — A collection of short stories that take place in Amsterdam, Atlantic City, Boston, Buffalo, Los Angeles, Montreux, Niagara Falls, Paris, Peenemünde, Providence, Toscana, and various surburbias of the heart.

Insignificance doesn't matter — A memoir.

Contact & business info

Postwar Media
t.a.v. S G Collins
Witte de Withstraat 113-3
1057 XP Amsterdam NL
+31 6 28 55 12 98
sgcollins@postwar.nl
KvK nr: 34187569
BTW nr: 249956615B01
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