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A lot has happened since last post ! cant believe it went so fast and here I am like a year later !??

At least it means a lot to share

The year has been pretty exciting for my movies, the ones I have directed as well as the ones that I worked on as DP.

Regarding “ON LOCATION”,  was very happy to see that its Festival career even if slowly fading still provided a couple of Days ago a SPECIAL FESTIVAL MENTION from the Delhi Shorts International Film Festival. I believe by 2018 it is going to be the time to switch to the VOD and possibly TV purchase.

For “BECAUSE THEY ARE THERE”, a lot of selections and prizes !! I am very proud about the outcome of that project, thinking it was a sort of “minor” movie ; my great producer was convinced of the opposite and she was so right. The proof ? An amazingly successful Festival career and I bet more to come.

My project “NEW LIGHTS” got postponed, if not cancelled. I like to think about it like it is postponed. The initial researches were fruitful (too fruitful ?) and gave me answers to the clues I had when starting the entire writing process. The theme is complex, the participants too fragile to not be handled with the proper support team, which in current budget didn’t make sense. I very often wrote that, when shooting a documentary, you got to give as much as you hope to get from the places and people that participate ; in this case, there was a true miss-balance on my side and I didn’t want to make anyone unhappy or suffer from opening wounds I wouldn’t be able to close.

But who knows, maybe a new upgraded version of the project will rise soon ?

 

It gave me time to focus on a photographic project called “FELT”. Making it short, I tried through Portraits of persons and items to recreate a moment of grace we all tend to look for. A moment in time where nothing and everything happens. Project is still on and it might run into Spring 2018 with an exhibition, and for sure a book later in the year.

 

Time was on my side, promoting my movies, changing mind on projects, going back to photography and …Music Videos !!

I had a great gig – 3 music videos, 2 as DP and one as Director – with the great musician Richard Pizzorno. Great time, excellent journey together on the making of his new album. Our collaboration lead to the following images and clips that I am very proud of , both in the making of the images as DP and as Director  part for the last one. That last one was the stepping back into animation and drawings… 3400 drawings later, the Music video is there…and already two Festival Selections !!

https://www.facebook.com/richardpizzornoconnections/

As DP

As Director

 

That gave me the opportunity to another gig with Jazz and Music : Francelet Moser are another great band I am very happy to have collaborated with, and their new release rocks. On the side, the double Bass player offered me a photo session with another project he works on : Wise and Young (WY). I felt back to my first love of music and fashion photography.

as DP

WY Photo sesssion

https://www.facebook.com/wiseandyoungofficial/

 

 

We re early november and I realize the year has been quite of a full and successful one. Promised I will step back into a more regular update and writing, as other projects are on the go ! yes got some extra gigs and  feel very enthusiastic about !

 

Like always, stay tuned for more !

 

it has been a while since a post giving an update on the movie side so…

quite a busy and exciting  time, with “ON LOCATION” and “BECAUSE THEY ARE THERE”, my two latest documentaries going from Festival to Festival and winning Awards ! It is such a pleasure to have audience’s and jury’s feedback from almost all around the globe !

It does motivate me for next project, another documentary, called “NEW LIGHTS”, that is still in development phase. All I can say about is that it did evolve from the original form I had thought and did adapt to our new broadcasting environment and audience’s habits. Not every project hits his aim via a standard large screen diffusion…but no worries I ll keep you posted

Otherwise a very cool project for a great local Rock Band – 1989  – where I had to master the skills of director of photography. Small crew, small budget but great fun and a result that I will soon post, once the release gets official !!

And last but not least, another project in both co-writing and directing of an ART MOVIE with a great friend that masters both writing and painting !

That’s all for now, stay tuned for more !!

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Last week has been a sort of back to fiction basics, as I had the opportunity to shoot what will be the latest music video of the artist known as MEHDY VON TI. Great preparation upfront, fast and precise shooting, great actors and work dynamic in every stage of the project ; next is about the editing with another of my friends, Alexandre Gariplerden. So a great way to step back into the fiction…who knows a short movie soon ???

For sure you wonder what is the music video about ? Well the only leak I can give so far, is that the topic is something worth thinking about …

So a couple of images, before the official release that shouldn’t be much far away this year !

 

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And of course check some more about MEHDY VON TI on the following channels !

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsFDq2fayBDBxeMMRuhqlyA

 

 

https://mx3.ch/mehdyvonti

 

Enjoy and stay tuned !

 

Sometimes you are being sent some footage and it is to you to put it all together.

When you haven’t shot the images, you can truly add a new perspective to the story.

And very often less is truly good !

Enjoy this artist and his great music !

 

I love music. All kind of music. So was I happy on this year of 1995, when a friend was looking for some people to work at the Montreux Jazz Festival. What an experience ! Working in the place where all my most beloved musician played once. Ok the job wasn’t that attractive on the paper : food & beverage delivery boy, until the moment we got, with my brother, assigned to the VIP special requests : in other words the only guy allowed to go backstage and take care of the all the artist’s requests. Just amazing for a young 16 years old boy. I worked there another 5 summers – until 1999 edition – and gradually got higher in the hierarchy ladder of the F&B section. It actually even helped me in getting my first job. In fact that Festival took a great place not only in my professional life but private as well.

I have some many great memories about that place, about the people I met, about the artists I’ve seen.

Since 2000 I try to go back every year, as part of the “normal” audience. Insider times are definitely over and it is much better so. (unless one day I can shoot a little something there)

Not a surprise if I tell you that this year I was back there for a couple of evenings. So two evening concerts later, I realized that enjoyment changed a lot. Nothing new. Nothing that nobody ever wrote about. But I felt a bit disturbed by the situations. When in a concert – from an artist that you like, that you paid good money for – you spend more time texting and trying to record the moment the lead singer looks at you, I have some doubts. On the other side , on the stage, I’ve seen as well younger bands that seem to play only for themself, as they would do in their living room and not trying to get this connection with the rest of the audience.

Many years ago, maybe was it in 1997, the Montreux Jazz tried to set up a live online worldwide jam session in the Montreux Jazz Café. Something strange, with low resolution cameras, screens showing you NY, Frankfurt and I don’t remember where else and musicians playing the same standard but being localized miles away from each other. It was super high-tech for that time , believe me. Nowadays it is just normal stuff to be in front of a webcam, to broadcast any type of creative content and no to be puzzled any longer (no matter what is being broadcasted, you know what I could mean…. 😉 )

And so having on stage a band that plays for itself, an audience that records what it is supposed to be living and experimenting…well it is strange to me. There is link missing. Looking like some musical tourism…before you post it all on YouTube or any other site. By the way, talking about tourism, do you remember those boring slides evening about your family trips… ?

I don’t want to complain, but if the need to capture the moment is what makes it really valuable = the fact to share the proof you were there makes what you experienced valuable = the amount of people testifying that you were there by watching what you recorded makes your choices valuable….well..not my cup of tea.

Or is it simply the ” because you worth it” effect ? You feel like being part of the fame / performance you are watching ? A 2.0 audience ? Interaction has to go beyond the vibes of your feelings and has to be technologically visible ?

After anybody’s sex tape….the music lover fan’s tape.

Do I seem to complain ? Ok maybe a bit. I can still allow myself a bit of indulgence on the practice of such. But if you think further…like on the green side of such : how much space would we save from some servers if not publishing those lousy recordings ? Another Go’s that keep our yearly temperature pretty exotic in the norther hemisphere…

And don’t you think this permanent availability of everything makes the artists performances weaker ? or harder to appreciate once you are in the concert hall and know exactly how the performance will look like ?

I must recognize I was always hiding a camera with me in those concerts halls as well as a bottle of water. Both were totally forbidden. I had water for my thirst, camera for my memories  with the stress of needed secrecy of “hide and use” but with the only aim to finish in my personal album and to be able to shoot images on a set that couldn’t be recreated.

I know time has changed and nowadays it is common to find any pirate recording from every possible band on the net. Not like on those days when I remember getting a bootleg from some cool bands was so rewarding ! By saying that I realized as well that it is over with the ranking of bands. Industry’s decay ? or social change ? if social change does it mean everyone is a star or we all agree on being pretty equals in our way of getting the light on ?

Then , as movie director, I must say I am thoughtful on the quantity of images that are recorded. I said in another post that I think the world as so much more to offer me than me to the world (in terms of movie making). So the question of the day : do we give something to the world and others when we post every little recorded moment of our life, or are we just blocking the world from giving something to us ? And in that case who is in a better position to share ? Who is legitimate ? Who’s not ?

Great question…no clear or unique answer…I hope 😉

For now, let’s just rooooock !

ps :

As a final joke..when writing this post, what do I see in front of me, on tv ? ..” with this new camera, shoot and share directly on the web….”

“In the future, everybody is going to be a director. Somebody’s got to live a real life so we have something to make a movie about.” Cameron Crowe