Who would have thought that a misspent would lead to a career as a video director? Well, maybe Spike Jonze would for one, but that is indeed how Norwegian director Kristoffer Borgli first found a taste for filmmaking. "Around eighteen I knew for sure I didn't want a job-job. I told my father that I wanted to work with films, and he encouraged me."

Kristoffer Borgli's directorial-style is frustratingly difficult to define; while desperately enticing and honest, it remains voyeuristic. His mash-up of documentary and narrative storytelling permits the viewer into a revealing and intimate story, whilst still remaining distant. Like being invited to someone's home but only being allowed to peer through the window.

I attempted to push Kristoffer to elaborate on his style, "It's hard for me to define too! It's like explaining how you make your signature on a piece of paper, how you make the letters curl in a specific manner - it just happens because that's how I like to do things, I almost can't take credit for it."

There are several recurring themes visited in Borgli's work: the flirtation with just how much the hedonistic actions of youth can spiral out of control. the loss of innocence, a societal disassociation, the inability to fit in. "I struggle with the same thing. I find it difficult to be a certain way that is expected, but I manage to do it. But I think everyone does to a certain degree, and it's so easy to just give up, like my character in Whateverest." The Todd Terje music video above is an excerpt taken from short film Whateverest, "He's kind of me, with a few things gone wrong."

Speaking on his prolific collaborations with the band Young Dreams, "It's been a great thing, and I've made very personal films with them, it's a trilogy of films that takes about the different stages of life I have memories and nostalgic feelings for." Kristoffer contacted the band as he was a fan of their music and the band found a mutual fondness for Borgli's filmmaking, which naturally led to the production of this music video trilogy. "The first being the early years where you have become a real person with a strong personality, but not yet a teenager. The second is the teenage years, the first love, the first big fuck up, the first big step in to a path of life. Then the last one is about the mid twenties, the quarter life crisis, the heartaches, the loneliness, the 'what am I doing with my life, I didn't become the person I want to be.'"

A phrase Kristoffer used during our conversations was milieu. What is milieu? It is a French word often used in the filmmaking canon, meaning a physical or social setting in which an event occurs. Borgli's milieu is distinct, in that he can manipulate the narrative through his fly-on-the-wall approach, to expose aspects of storytelling in a relatively unique manner, "I want to frame my story and my shots so it feels both sincere and new. Meaning I might focus on something that you wouldn't normally look at, or talk about."

How did Kristoffer come to develop this style? He lists the likes of the late cinematographer Harris Savides, who was celebrated for his collaborations with the likes of Gus van Sant and David Fincher, as a great source of inspiration. Along with Scandinavian colleagues Martin de Thurah, who shot the excellent promo for James Blake's 'Retrograde', and Andreas Nilsson, responsible for countless bizarre yet fascinating promos, as inspirational figures.

Borgli divulged that his inspirations are "constantly shifting" and that, "lately I've been more interested in a more classical storytelling look, like that of Martin Scorsese around Casino/Goodfellas era, or Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia/Boogie Nights. It's a kind of montage-y and precise camerawork that I find fascinating."

Kristoffer is developing a short film, which he is currently in pre-production for, along with writing his first feature-film script. He had the following advice to offer young filmmakers: "Go to a small company that will back your small projects. It shouldn't start out as profitable projects, not commercials - short films, music videos, build a voice and style before trying to cash in on it. And don't do drugs."

Sage advice, I would agree. If you can make a promo for bottled water as sarcastic and humorous as this, without the aid of mind-altering narcotics, then I'm all for it.

Kristoffer Borgli is based in Oslo, Norway and represented in the UK by FRIEND. You can visit Kristoffer at kristofferborgli.com.