MAKING OF FILM ESA

Duck Factory is not a studio like the others: the entity, specializing in production and post-production, is in fact located on a barge anchored in the Paris region.

Recently, Duck Factory collaborated with the European Space Agency, which wanted to put forward a recruitment campaign. The idea was therefore to play on the spatial imagination and the associated dreams.
Jérôme Bernard, the founder of Duck Factory, explains that the project should target Europeans aged 12 to 35 (it was also a question of arousing vocations among young audiences).

The brief was received in September 2020, for a campaign launch in May 2021: too short a deadline given the challenges, hence the choice not to use traditional methods.
Duck Factory opted for the use of Unreal Engine and a virtual production system with LED screens (via the Virtual Plateau services, which we had already presented to you on 3DVF).

In practice, the team created the virtual environments in the space of 3 months, with the actual filming taking place over two days.
Jérôme Bernard said he was delighted with the approach, which made it possible to reduce the time spent on the set but also to “do the post-prod in pre-prod”.

On the technical side, the team relied in particular on the Quixel Megascans assets, as well as on Ultra Dynamic Sky.
The environments required from 1.7 million triangles (anechoic chamber) to 320 million triangles (landscape of Guyana), the majority revolving around the 4 or 5 million triangles.

Credits:

Director – Jérôme Bernard
For ESA – European Space Agency

VFX Supervisor – Johan Sarbia
Director of Photography – Julien Lascar
Music – Etienne Forget
Narrator – Julia Gguillen
shot at Plateau Virtuel


DUCK FACTORY PRODUCTION – DKFT

Producer – Jérôme Bernard
Production manager – Pierre SAINT-BLANQUAT
Production assistant – Jeanne GAY-BÉZIAT
Storyboarder – Eric Gandois
Moodboard – Stéphanie Coulibeuf

CASTING

Little girl – Eleana Da Costa
Boy – Wassim Falaya
Disabled woman – Prudence Leroy
Scientists – Laura Zimmer & Léonard Hamet
Control room supervisor – Etienne Guillou Kervern
Control room operator – Krees de Almeida
Astronauts – Christelle Wallois & Marc Quenum

CREW FILM

Director of Photography – Julien Lascar
First Assistant Camera – Zoe Mention
2nd Assistant Camera Katia Hamnane
Gaffer – Clément Boyeldieu
Lighting technician – Gabriel Beaumelou
Drone operator – Christophe Guyon
Key grip – Pierre Marion-Andres
Set decorator – Lydwine LABERGERIE
Asst set decorator – Mareva BOURJAC- LABERGERIE
Stylist – Nathalie FRACHON
Key Make-up – Artist Simine COMMIEN
Make-up Artist – Emmanuelle POMBET
Location manager – Adrien Cokelear
first floor manager – Mathieu Lecaisne
2nd floor manager – Vincent Drocourt
Astrophysicist youtuber – Sébastien Carrassou
Making of instagram – Anthony Ornecq
Still photographer – Victoria Roblin
Culinary Chef – Johan Bonnet

Virtual board

Emilie Lecoq
Bruneau Corsini
Sébastien David
Julien Arnould
Olivier Saint Hubert
Clément Boyeldieu

POST PRODUCTION
DUCK FACTORY – DKFT

VFX SUPERVISOR – Johan SARBIA
VFX artist – Mathieu Gomez
EDITOR & VFX artist – Tanguy lavabre
colorist – Rémy Devlieger
SOUND DESIGNER – Clément Maurin

STUDIO VFOR
UNIVERSE SEQUENCE
Producer – Tom Bogda
VFX artists – Jérémy Djaffer, Gabriel Thomas and Pav Ivanov

MAKING OF

Director of photography – Christophe Guyon
Sound engineer – Léonard Hamet
Editor – Tanguy lavabre
Graphist – Mathieu Gomez

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