Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Test footage

Background characters for the 'look of picture' test by Production Designer Francois Moret.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Concept Art

Early concept art to sell Bibo's vision of the film; a lush, early 20th century, art nouveau infused Romantic adventure!

A climactic show-down atop the Eiffel Tower with falling snow was always envisioned by Bibo.
An early incarnation of 'Catherine' - Raoul's beloved delivery vehicle
The professor's greenhouse contained his experimental giant flora
The 'runaway funicular' would always be a thrilling set piece in the film. 
 Not only are Emile and Raoul watching the show but the eagle-eyed will spot Toulouse Lautrec sketching amongst the spectators!

Monday, 22 April 2013

Test footage

 Paintings by Julien Georgel for a 'proof of concept' test piece.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

A flea is born!

                                              The first flea sketches by director Bibo Bergeron

"We really struggled to create a giant flea, dressed like Aristide Bruant, with the charm of Matthieu Chédid . . .  I asked several friends—illustrators, comic book artists, storyboarders—to sketch Francoeur from the description of the character I gave them. Suddenly, it dawned on me… If you look carefully, Francoeur’s face is heart-shaped. It occurred to me that this was no coincidence. It’s very symbolic that this heart-shaped face looks at us with its big bright eyes. Another graphic artist gave me the idea for the grasshopper look. And I came up with the idea of dressing him like Aristide Bruant. So, Francoeur embodies a meeting of various creative minds."

-Bibo Bergeron

Character design development by Zebe

French rocker Matthieu Chédid will be unfamiliar to those outside France but he's HUGE there.  It was quite a coup for Bibo to secure his casting along with Vanessa Paradis.  Francoeur the flea's character was based on Chédid's stage persona 'M'.

There's a brief gag in the film where Lucille, in her efforts to disguise Francoeur, has him don a wig based on 'M's bizarre stage hairstyle!
Colour key by Aurelien Predal