Opéra Comique / CNCS: Completion of three films for exhibition and the web

7 February 2015. Published by Benoît Labourdette.
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Production of three unique films for a very singular exhibition.

Opéra Comique and Stage Costume National Center proposed an exhibition of 7 February May 25, 2015, “The Opéra Comique and its treasures.” Curator: Agnès Terrier. Designer: Macha Makeïeff.
The National Centre of the famous stage costume the Tercentenary of the Opéra Comique in 2015 with a hundred of his best costumes in the exhibition L’Opéra Comique and its treasures. In the hometown of Antoine Dauvergne, one of his first composers, the Opéra Comique just tell Moulins its turbulent history, revived his art show and presents the masterpieces of his repertoire.

I made three films with Macha Makeïeff for this exhibition in an image format that we chose square. I adapted the working methods to enter both a budget and work with the maximum requirement :

  • Choice of clip for the film “Crossing the comic” who asked a lot of preparation and rehearsals, but was a little shooting.
  • Work very minimum crew for “The gossip and nonsense of Madame Bergeret”, without sacrificing the quality of lighting, scenery, sound and especially the flexibility to the quality of work as an actor.
  • Solitaire work on video compositing and audio mixing for “Fire”.

“Crossing the Comic !”

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A big sequence shot through all the extraordinary places in the Opéra Comique building in Paris. The pursuit of an imaginary opera singer in search of his dog and his “Maestro” !

  • Co-directed by Macha Makeïeff and Benoît Labourdette.
  • Images, editing, sound: Benoît Labourdette.
  • With Thomas Morris and Siegfried dog.
  • Duration: 9’53s. Color. Square format. HD 1080x1080.
  • Production: Opéra Comique / CNCS.

This film will also be broadcast on the website of the Opera Comique during the closed season for repair in 2016-2017.

“The gossip and nonsense of Madame Bergeret, Concierge Favart street”

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A concierge who crossed the centuries tells with caustic humor Opera Comique from the inside.

  • Directed by Macha Makeïeff.
  • With Jérôme Deschamps.
  • Images, editing, sound: Benoît Labourdette.
  • Duration: 21’19s. Black and white. Square format. HD 1080x1080.
  • Production: CNCS.


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A burning material to illustrate the feeling of the fire that destroyed the Opéra Comique in 1838.

  • Directed by Benoît Labourdette.
  • Duration: 10’27s. Black and white. Square format. HD 1080x1080.
  • Production: CNCS.
Crossing the Comic !

Exhibition extended until September 6, 2015.
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