94th session: superstar casting for river session

  • 09.04.2019

At Wallimage, the spring session is traditionally the one where we see the films or series that will be shot during the summer. Unsurprisingly, this is the busiest session of the year, the one where the choices are the most complicated. This year, twenty files were proposed to the technical group in charge of analyzing them and then presenting them to the Board of Directors. First consequence : given the abundance and quality of the projects submitted, the Board of Directors decided to push the potential investment cursor to its maximum. More than 1.5 million euros have been allocated to the nine selected works, which are fairly evenly divided between animation (2 files), series (2), documentaries (2) and feature films (3). It should also be noted that three of the selected projects are Belgian initiatives.

 

A Wallimage session would be strange without ” his ” genre film. Kandisha , brought to us by Scope Pictures, is however very particular since it merrily mixes fantasy, horror… and suburban film codes. The miracle is that the sauce takes at all levels thanks to a great script signed by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury, a duo already responsible for Inside, Livide or Leatherface. 7 days of shooting will be located in Wallonia with about twenty Walloons involved. The rental of camera, lighting and machinery equipment will be provided by TSF, catering by Iris Soldani, the rental of sound equipment by ALVM and the management of rushes will be done at Studio l’Équipe Wallonie. Pix and Real will work on the SFX while the music, editing and sound mix will also be done in Wallonia.
 

We find Scope Pictures in partnership with Wrong men on a film that makes us salivate in advance. A new film by the gifted Leos Carax (Mauvais Sang, Les Amants du Pont Neuf, Holy Motors), Annette will reunite Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard in a musical comedy written by Sparks, a mythical duo that has been enchanting the world’s electro-pop scene for 45 years.  What a proposal of cinema ! Six days of shooting will be in Liège with a mainly Belgian team. 25 Walloons including 11 postmasters will be part of the adventure. Most of the post-production will take place in Wallonia and the VFX will be entirely (!) taken care of by Mikros-Technicolor Liège for a sum exceeding 600 thousand euros. Mikros will also take care of the mastering. In addition to the rental of equipment at Eye-Lite and TSF, we note that the sound effects will be Walloon while the mixing and sound editing will be done at Bardaf in Liege. Bardaf? This is the name of Boxon’s sister company, because yes, Thomas Gauder’s band will now deploy its talents in Wallonia by taking over the mixing studio of the Pôle Image, a news we will come back on soon.

 

Despite eight feature films, the Danish director Henrik Ruben Genz remains too little known in our country. The vision of the trailers of his films makes one salivate. Erna’s War, his new project, plunges us into the middle of World War I in a devastated Europe. A Danish mother (played by Tryne Dyrholm, already the heroine of Nico 1988) clandestinely joins her handicapped son, who is forcibly enlisted in the German army, and is also sent to the front. The file proposed by Between dog and wolf offers us a very homogeneous panel of expenses in a true collaborative approach rather than a purely financial co-production with 17 days of shooting on 40 in Wallonia including a passage in studio at Keywall and 36 Walloons including 19 postmasters to the work. The mix and sound editing, color grading and lab will be done at Dame Blanche and the VFX at l’Autre Compagnie (140K). The rental will be shared between Eyelite, KGS, Macadam Car and Karaboutcha ; Iris Soldani will take care of feeding the troops.

 

The two series chosen for this session are as far apart as possible. La Patrouille is the new cartridge of the RTBF/Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles series. Produced by Panache, it tells the story of a scout patrol that finds diamonds that have just been stolen from a fence. Suspense guaranteed for six 50-minute episodes that will be broadcast on RTBF in 2020. Indris Siera will direct the series and brings in the team his chief op and the leading actor of his series Professor T (3 series in Flanders), the excellent Koen De Bouw. On the program :  38 days (out of 48) in Wallonia with 33 locals including 10 station managers. Rental at Eye-Lite and Ad hoc sound services, canteen at A toutes faims utiles, small VFX at L’autre compagnie, and sound at Studio l’équipe Wallonie.

Compared to this Belgian configuration (about 2 million for six episodes), Fertile Crescent is a super production with its 12 million for 8 episodes. International espionage series telling the story of a Frenchman’s quest to find his sister, who may have become a Kurdish fighter, and offering us a dive into the heart of the Islamic State, which three Britons have just joined, this Fertile Crescent will be shot during 17 days in Belgium, including 5 in Wallonia. Versus takes care of the coordination of the shootings (in Belgium, but also in Morocco), and of the postproduction which will take place entirely in Wallonia, at PIL, at Bardaf Liège and at Cob Studios for the sound effects. 7 Walloons integrate the main technical team of the series as a whole; 7 others for the whole post-production work; the shooting in Belgium will involve 15  additional Walloon technicians.

 

As we know, animation is one of the most structuring sectors for the Walloon economy. Two series that should appeal to both children and adults have been selected.

Belvision has proposed an adaptation of Goscinny and Sempé’s Petit Nicolas in 52 episodes of 12 minutes. Dreamwall will animate 35 episodes, will take care of the texturing, will make the storyboards of five episodes, nine scripts will be Walloon and the subtitling for the hearing impaired will be done by Dame Blanche. The work will generate work for 23 full-time equivalents over a year.

 

Presented by Taka and Panic, Chien Pourri will also have 52 episodes of 12 minutes. This is a funny adaptation of a series of eight books with a very free design which, in Belgium, will require the attention and know-how of Mikros-Technicolor Liège. 11 people will work there for 280 days to take care of the colorization, texturing, compositing and rendering. Vincent Patar and Valérie Magis wrote the scripts for several episodes while Dame Blanche Genval will be in charge of the entire mastering and delivery of the PAD files. This file is the occasion to see Taka, now led by Hugo Deghilage, settle in Mons where the young man from Pâturage has the intention to develop a global audiovisual activity uniting all the living forces of the region (and there is talent here, believe us!). A very good news for Hainaut!

 

Beside these big interventions, Wallimage has chosen to support two documentaries which, of course, need much smaller sums. Hypercitoyen is a project by Pascal Rocteur from Montois, who focuses on the colorful personality of Stephen Vincke, defender of local heritage to the point of absurdity, an anarchist figure who challenges the order of society and prefers the glory of the imaginary to the triviality of reality. The film, undoubtedly polemical, intends to mix narrative forms, genres and media. Produced by Domino, it is entirely shot and post-produced by a small (but valiant) Walloon team.

Finally, Prod à la demande plunges us into the daily life of the youth and family service of Molenbeek, which has to deal day after day, gently, but firmly and efficiently, with a range of rather impressive problems. This documentary will be in three parts of 52 minutes and will be presented on RTBF under the label Brigade des mineurs Molenbeek. 14 technicians hired on this production are Walloon, while the color grading will be done, like the sound mixing, at Dame Blanche Genval.