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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 will be close to 9 months since we finished the post-production of the ON LOCATION movie, and since many applications to Festivals were sent, we received great feedbacks, a couple of important selections (Visions du Reel, Nyon. CH / DOCSHOP, Toronto, CA) and since yesterday a amazing 2015 SILVER SPOTLIGHT Documentary AWARD, or as mentioned by the SPOTLIGHT AWARDS :”Silver Awards: awarded to unforgettable films with the third highest scores from our panel”.

We feel proud and honored as it is a major recognition for independent movie makers / producers. This is also a great opportunity for an increased awareness In North America but not only ; it will certainly help for the theatrical exploitation of the documentary worldwide.

But the most important is that the movie has met its audience and that it has even been considered as unforgettable for some. It is a great honor and it is very touching to feel such a level of support, knowing on top that the movie got to the very short list amongst thousands of other productions. We love what we do – We love even more when it touches people.

What other best Holiday’s Gift could have we asked for ?

A big Thanks to the SPOTLIGHT Documentary Film Awards for their trust!!! And let’s keep on making movies !!!

 

film details :

https://www.facebook.com/onlocationthemovie

http://palmtreeprod.tumblr.com/

trailer !!

 

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With all what’s happening around in this world, it’s quite hard not wanting to expose one’s point of view on this blog….

But as I am a movie director, well I am keeping it all for my next Documentary Project !! A long feature documentary !!

Yes and the challenge is quite big, as a lot of people are analyzing current dynamic in very diverse, clever and efficient ways.

So what about mine ? Which angle is my preferred ?

For now all I can say is that the working title for the project is ” Tell me a story”, and the shortest of the first draft synopsis is ” what did happen in those years ?”

I know it is quite short and mysterious. But no worries more to come soon !!

 

And regarding the latest projects, I am on the final post-production of the Music Video for Mehdy Von Ti. A great experience and a very interesting result ! What can I share so far…well the credits !!

 

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stay tuned for some more to come…very soon 😉

 

JP

 

 

Another movie..I mean still the one about mountains and all I can say is that the final editing seems pretty close now !!

Great news for me, as I always repeat editing isn’t the funniest moment for me at all. Nevertheless I was taught that not everything is enjoyable in life and that duties are duties. Because yes like I repeat very often too – oh my god I am so old ?? – movie making is a job and like any job you have stuff you prefer doing and some that you would dream about delegating.

Anyway enough of it ; what else about the movie ?

A new trailer, freshly baked and available for you all, as well as a new synopsis !!

so click on the link below and enjoy the trailer…..as round the corner the movie might be released too !

 

 

Am I too pushy if I say if you like it why don’t you share it ?? 🙂 …nnaaaaa I know you ‘d do it anyway !!

 

 

Hello Hello Hello !

I had the feeling that my last post was just a couple of days ago…but actually time goes much faster than I would like to.

Anyway if needing a couple of updates, I would start with the fact that my movie ” ON LOCATION” is doing pretty well, getting feedbacks from Festivals and once again being present in a Market / Library :

If you are aroud Lussas in France, between the 16th-22nd of August 2015, there is the Etats généraux du Film documentaire and if we didn’t make to the official program, at least we are available for screening at the Maison du Doc, where you can watch the movie !

http://www.lussasdoc.org/une_universite_d_ete_du_documentaire,6.html

http://www.lussasdoc.org/film-un_decor_naturel-1,44877.html

Otherwise my other project – about mountains – called “Because they are there” goes on, with some more footage every couple of days and new ideas coming along : again a brand new way of working for me, or should I say a new rhythm for probably a more vivid and dynamic movie as an outcome.

On another level, in a couple of weeks I am going back to the Quest Europe Film Festival in Zielona Gora, Poland, for some juror duties ! A great moment with a great team and other jury members that I look forward to meet !!

http://www.quest-europe.eu/index.php/jurorzy.html

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Last but not least, I can feel there is a call for a photographic work to be done soon. Still a bit unclear on the details but I can feel there’s a need for going back to still images as well.

Next post ? well soon, even very soon with images this time !!!

Click, send, apply, register, wait for approval : these last weeks have been made of that. Time in front of the computer, exporting the movie “On Location” in every possible format, contacting Festivals, subscribing for screenings…and every now and then an escapade to the mountains for the shooting of ” Because they are there”, my new project about the mountains.

Once on the locations, it is just a happy time, heavy backpack, tripod, camera and accessories…in other words just the pleasure of a kit on the back somewhere in the wild. However, now that I am collecting more than a couple of hours for every shooting day, I started to fill (again) another hard drive and can’t imagine how much I will have by the end of the shooting in July. So when back home the computer is again smiling to me and transfer, copying, duplicating starts over. What starts as well is the brainstorming on how am I going to make a movie out of all that footage. Indeed – and like my producer says ” I know the movie is there, we can see it but what it’ll be like is still a mystery” – during the hours of sitting next to the camera on the location I am just in the moment ; and when back home I am sitting in front of TV watching a couple of mountain related movies. My choice “narrowed” down to all the recent productions that are :

1) produced by a super duper cool brand of liquid sugar / energizing / amazing packaging drinks

2) produced by a brand of gear / hardware / so hot equipment that is blank enough to allow stickers on it

3) have the same type of dressed up people acting / performing / stunting in it

4) dressed up with club lounge music as a background for more than 75% of the time

5) spent on the sleepy moments in tents or old VW vans

When starting my new project – “Because they are there” – I questioned myself about the videos of extreme sports having the mountains as a background. I am (am I still ?) a big fan of those videos, as it reminds me when I started snowboarding some 20 years ago. I remember on how difficult it was to find that material, how tricky and expensive it was to shoot them. By that time I was a lot into photography and I remember being asked for doing some of a group of snowboarders. It was a hard task as material was finishing wet, film rolls were expensive and even more the development. Ultimately who else apart from your pals would have a look at the pics ? …Slowly the fun of riding became more than a financial niche and as much as the kickers gained in size, so did that niche and turned into a juicy profitable business. Ultimate level of recognition is the shift from happy fellows into great athletes, still happy…but is it from the fun of the runs ?

Half lying on my couch I am binge watching extreme / mountain / snow sports channels ; waiting for my footage conversion on the editing machine, I am getting absorbed by those movies on my second screen. Sometimes I don’t look at the screen for a while and when turning back to it, it seems like nothing has changed : did I really miss some minutes of the movie ? By the way, is it still the same one ? I have to confess this is where I started with my new project. I had the feeling that every single movie became formatted, with the same frames, music, stunts and even jokes. Am I getting bloody old and so of a complainer ? At least I don’t have the feeling that “in my times” it was better. I am just surprised on how the seek for freedom and fun is now a recognizable business format, with its clothing, attitude and codes. Images are very often mind blowing : helicopter views of the most remote places on earth, spots that no one has easy access to, fancy colours of both the places and athletes…and logos of course.

Yes that is the key…logos !! Of course it is still expensive to make those shootings. It costs not only the helicopter, the crew, building the kickers and the movie kit (mmhh some 6k HD…can’t imagine the post production) ; no there’s a human cost too as what seems so easy and cool on screen needs the greatest training both physically and mentally. All jumps, dives, figures, climbs are done with perfection ; the misses and failures are kept for the end credits or for a behind the scenes bonus on Blu Ray disc packs. We actually look at some highly trained athletes performing to their best. And in most of the cases, this is the only interesting bit : do your perfect run, we add the music and we promote the fun.

In those moments I can help thinking and feeling that I am watching long / mid feature commercials. Big image and big sound as a claim and my brain turns into passive..before having this little voice whispering into my ear : you could do it too..it takes the only the gear, the gopro cam, a friend who makes some clubbing sound and a credit card. And what the guys are doing on screen is anything but being passive on a slope (no matter if going up or down) : not only they often risk their life for their job , but they are as well having an activity at the mountain. You could change the location and they’d be probably doing anything else with the same spirit…

Actually I just watched a movie – french one – about a group of handicapped people (mentally ill) that made it to a 5200m summit trek in the Himalayas – in french it is called the “la caravane des sages”. A mix of voice over, people interview and effort images for a quite pleasant movie where the head guide at some point of time said : ” It is a great experience as with this trek we had to take it easy, forget about the speed and achievement of records in speed. We had to acclimatize and live the journey at a normal living rhythm of the locals and still we made it to the top like we would with any others. And I realized on how it is a nice (re-)discovery of the mountain. Usually we go to the mountain to achieve something, and this time we just were in the mountain to experience it.”

I was looking for a moment about the definition of my project, which the first time I phrased it, during a winter hike this winter was : ” I want to try to show and share the intimacy of the relationship we build with the mountain when we experience it”. I’ve been thrown a couple of jokes on the intimacy word and since was still waiting to understand the deep purpose of this new movie.

In my binge watching I started to realize that a lot of the reels are redundant. And in a market where everyone looks the same and depends on the fashion of the decade ( I am generous…it s more for every season a new fashion) , you need to differentiate yourself. So a new emerging trend is to show part of the vulnerability of the heroes on their quest. Broken bodies, major doubts about the quest, financial struggles : when the script doctors meet the sports challenge and the broadcast specs. Sometimes it is a success, like the movie “The Crash Reel”. But this movie isn’t about the fun or riding ; it shows the business side of it and how a severely injured athlete is part of that gigantic cash machine…and so what is this fragile human component of a never ending profit race (and not only financial profit). Other films that are about great expeditions or attempts of a record (personal or not) are now facing the need of adding the human factors doubts and fragility as after 10 minutes, we have already seen it all in terms of scenery and breathtaking images. So with a lot of chance and  very often goofiness you enter the moments when athletes are down. You see them not being the super human beings they were once on the show. They pity themselves..before to making it at the end. A moment of doubt before the final resolution of their conflict. Sometimes it just misses the little sound of a soda can getting opened to make you understand they could make it thanks to a fuzzy hormonal drink. By the way, did Popey ever made any mountain sport ?

In that range of movies that are trying the trick, I could randomly quote “The two million foot man”, “Cerro Torre”, “Mount Infinity”, “Dejame Vivir”, the “Peace Park” videos or the Level 1 “Less” movie. All of them enter at some point of time the human side of the adventure. Some in better ways than others. Some in a meaningful way. Some just to ameliorate the bond you’ll have in your seat with the person you see on the screen. And yes that relationship can as well be the winning ticket for the sponsors…. But it wouldn’t be clever to say it is the only purpose : in weird ways it can show you as well what is possible and what is not from your armchair.

So now that I am entering the group of movies about the mountain, all these hours watching what’s around gives me clarity on where I am going. I am not the kind of person that usually believes that watching movies will make you shoot one. No I believe that because you have something to say you make a movie. And having something to say not only as a movie maker, but in general. That your perception of a moment or a place or an event in one’s lifetime is worth and needs to be shared with your own perspective. It comes from the inside.

In this new project, I want to touch that inside thing. I have something personal to share about the mountains. I don’t want to sell you any gear, apparatus or feelings in order for you to buy them. I am sharing my feeling of being there, of hiking hard, skiing down, snowboarding high ; cold days and summer days, in a group or alone. Happy times, sad times ; easy times and painful times. Sharing what comes from the inside and living the moment : not just consuming what will be on screen. Maybe this is why I prefer and get excited about the live feed of ski contests or climbing people…they are in the moment…

The present can’t be defined by the movement ; it is defined by our ability to maintain a steady and out of time connection between our inner self and the outdoors. That’s the magic when you are there..and it happens “Because they are there”.

 

 

 

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