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IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF VALERIAN : THE STORY OF PAGE 52


43'
2013


VERSION(S)
French and International

SUPPORT(S)
HD

PRODUCER(S)
Kanari Films

DIRECTOR
Avril TEMBOURET

Few months before Luc Besson' movie "Valérian and the city of the 1000 planets" release, this documentary is an immersion” within the studio of JEAN-CLAUDE MÉZIÈRES, a master of the 9th Art and co-creator with PIERRE CHRISTIN of the “VALÉRIAN” series.
A day-by-day, real-time tutorial in the art of comic strip illustration.

An artist sits down at his drawing board. In front of him is a blank page. Within seven days, the blank page will have become a comic strip plate. Solitude, hard work, skill, inspiration, dead ends, discouragement... What mysterious routes will the artist go down? Filmed “in immersion” within the studio of JEAN-CLAUDE MÉZIÈRES, a
master of the 9th Art and co-creator with PIERRE CHRISTIN of the “VALÉRIAN” series.
A day-by-day, real-time tutorial in the art of comic strip illustration.

For 7 days, a film crew watched MÉZIÈRES at work. The artist opened the door to his studio and allowed himself to be filmed at every moment of the creative process, from the blank page to the finishing touches, before the panel is handed over to his long time collaborator, PIERRE CHRISTIN, the writer of VALÉRIAN.
The film invites the viewer to step inside the studio of a creator of graphic novels and to sit by his elbow, day after day. It’s a dip into the “doing” side of drawing, focused entirely on the creation of a comic strip: the narration, staging, techniques, documentation, influences... It’s also a living portrait of one of the most important illustrators in the history of graphic novels.


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