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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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shooting, hiking, resting, moving and …well enough to be busy a full summer.

So there we are in september already, and here below the latest pics from the documentary shooting. What can I add that I haven’t said before ? Well the project is definitely going on for another year. Indeed I remember last september, when I was sure – and that was my production planning – to be done with editing and mixing by….now !! Meantime a lot of events made this project expand in time , for its best I have to say, and another year is needed to cover new aspects that popped up recently.

Of course there is a risk this might last forever, but some projects need a different time focus ; and like a wise teacher I had wrote recently, we – as professionals of documentaries – depend on our subjects. We can’t push or force and if they don’t want to go further we are stuck…and respecting this deal is what make the outcome true, deep and respectful. It is what makes our job an unpredictable journey.

So a couple of snapshots from the recent images and more to come soon !

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Spring in this part of Europe hasn’t arrived yet, and the last days – or should I say weeks – have been the last whispers of the winter, rather than the first words of spring.

Nevertheless I won’t complain. Even if I had to postpone a lot of outdoors shooting of the documentary. Even if now I am fully equipped to shoot the monsoon. Even if guilt is always around the corner for not going further on with work.

In fact all that rainy, cold and maybe snowy weekend to come brought me back to my early teenage days, when in admiration of the great painting masters, I desperately was looking for another studio than my overcrowded room, in order to be more like them, and to maybe get touched by the grace of the eternal and immediate talent. It is the same like when now you approach the 40s and you first buy all the running equipment hoping it will inspire you to run more often.

So these last days I had to come back to some “studio” work, and having my office at home, I had to concentrate on preparation and production rather than shooting like it has been for the last months. Being stuck indoors and with nothing to edit – I actually could do a bit but editing is planned this end of year, and with a proper editor that would bring a true new perspective to what I recorded , in other words the beauty of making a movie that resides in a collective work – I realized I left something apart for a long time : sketching.

My years of active painting and drawing were fulfilled with sketching moments. A draft can be needed for later, and the more you draw the closer the shapes are from the final goal….

But how does it work in movie making ? Some would say it is about the reading and documenting. Some about cleaning the lenses. Some about the networking.

For me it is about “sketches for a movie”. And I am not talking about a storyboard, but really about drafts. When you study, in the cinema school they repeat all along ” experiment all the time even for minor projects”….but when you enter the reality of the job, money, time, production support and meaning of your work makes that even the smallest free shot you do is under the shadow of profitability and a certain type of effectiveness. And what can we say, this is the society we live in…it influences us as well…and actually we were taught like that….

So I learned again on how to make some non profitable, low efficient, average quality exercises, or drafts, and actually – and it is my case, I don’t pretend we are all the same – it opens my imagination to new ideas I could shoot for the Gruyère’s village documentary, and for a new photographic work.

And the less it has a connection to the big serious piece of work I try to achieve, the better it is !

So just a little sneak preview…

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