My studies at the Institut d'études politiques d'Aix-en-Provence led me to Quebec. It was a coincidence that soon turned into opportunities. After completing training in journalism at the University of Montreal, I worked in radio and documentary projects focusing on environment and the social sphere. Seeking to translate my feelings into cinema, I continued my studies in the profile Documentary Filmmaker Program 2009 at the National Institute of Image and Sound of Montreal (INIS). Since then I have worked in directing, screenwriting and editing. With Perception Films, I participated in various aspects of the production of the first two films in the series Montreal, mon amour, mon histoire, which I now contribute to as co-writer.
Graphic effects and Post-production Audio and Video
My artistic activity has always been multiple ... I would say that I am most active in the world of stage and screen today, more than "formal music." Due to a strong background in theater, my electro/ multimedia activities quickly transformed into multimedia design for the stage (ie: mapping complex interactive environment), especially in the circus, where I work closely with various companies such as Montreal Throw2Catch. As my training in video-music has given me a strong background in sound and video, an important part of my professional activities also takes place in the world of cinema - I work as a sound engineer, mixer and sound design artist, but also as director of photography, cameraman, calibrator, and even the occasional VFX artist.
Director of Photography
Having graduated in Cinema from the University of Quebec, Francis joined our team after his collaboration with filmmaker Robert Cornellier . "My passion is people," he said. In 2008 he produced and directed the documentary Jeannot crazy , which follows the evolution of a man who voluntarily left his employment because of a thirst for freedom .
"I fell in love with movie-making when I discovered its rich artistic universe , and its extreme humanity. The fermentation of ideas that occurs throughout the creative process challenged me the most. Because the importance of teamwork and harmony is necessary for the group, I find it beautiful and powerful .
"When I capture an image, I try always to achieve the perfect balance : balance between meaning and aesthetics. Partly , rhythm and light are very important in my choice , but the first step is always the meaning of the picture. I want to know what it means before I even know how it would look nice."
Composer, orchestrations, music production and mixing
Daniel Scott is an award winning Quebec composer, orchestrator and conductor for film and television. Born and raised in Montreal, his father was a composer and his mother a classically trained pianist. Both were professional studio singers whose love of music instilled in him a life-long passion for it. From the age of five through his early teens, he often spent his time in the recording studio working as a singer and actor for radio and television commercials.
Apart from his formal training in guitar and voice, his early years were cradled in musical diversity as he absorbed the sounds of jazz, classical, folk and progressive rock music, which became the building blocks of his musical language.
Whether scoring with the complex colors of a full orchestra, the contemporary sounds of electronic instruments or the intimate simplicity of a human voice, Daniel's approach to film scoring is always deeply connected to emotion and storytelling, for within his passion for music lies a deep love for compelling, well crafted stories.
Daniel Scott is a five-time recipient of SOCAN’s (Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) National/International Award for the “most performed Quebec composer for film and television”. He has also been nominated six times for the Gémeaux and Gemini Canadian television awards.
Following her theatrical tour in interpretation and courses in Paris with Rosine Margat, Justine Major works with the team of the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, including as a stage assistant for Lorraine Pintal and Yves Desgagnés. As if her main job as an actress isn't enough, her passion for photography led her to study film at the University of Montreal. Her many faceted background made her the ideal person to blend in with the Perception Films team. In a short time she became director of production.
Photo Restoration and Graphics
Norman Marino is a graphic artist who specializes in photo retouching and restoration. He has been working with Paul Carvalho since 1999 and has used his remarkable photo restoration skills to restore hundreds of aged and damaged photos that have been used in Paul's documentaries over the years. In addition, he has produced many other works for Paul, including posters, DVD jackets, Illustrated film treatments and press kits. Norman has also been a professional musician for many years, as well as a visual artist who paints with oils and acrylics. Extremely artistic by nature, he brings his natural artistic abilities to whatever he does, as he produces posters, CD jackets, book covers and other promotional materials for musicians, film makers, book authors, dancers and others in the world of the arts.
Holding degrees in History and Museology, Paul Labonne has directed the Musée du Château Dufresne in Montreal since 2007. A biographer of Paul Sauvé, he co-wrote a documentary on the former Premier of Quebec with director Paul Carvalho. He is also the author of an illustrated biography on Michel and Simonne Chartrand, co-written with Andrée Yanacopoulo. He has produced numerous exhibitions and is particularly interested in the work of Guido Nincheri. He is also preparing to showcase Nincheri's stained glass studio, the oldest in Quebec. Paul Labonne is Chief Historical Advisor to the series Montreal, mon amour, mon histoire by director Paul Carvalho.
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