Fierrot le pou - Mathieu Kassovitz (1990)
Silent | 7 min. | XviD | 1603kbs | 640*480 | Mp3 192kbs | 97MB
My father’s first piece of advice before I started making this film was to, “make it with whatever means you have. Count your pennies and then invent a story”.
Means I didn’t really have, so I invented a story that didn’t require dialogues or lighting (on the same principle as Besson’s film). The camera was a 16mm Bolex with a spring wind that made it possible to film 30 seconds straight. The greatest part of the budget went on an adaptor for photo lenses that cost a horrible 700 francs (I still remember the cost). The film was recuperated from different shoots and the very reduced crew was composed exclusively of friends.
We managed to get some incredible shots for the technology we employed (the tracking shot combined with a zoom with a change of speed was epic).
Once the shoot had ended I hadn’t any money left to finish it, so I filmed the screen of the editing table on video to show potential producers. I worked at the time on music video clips and the producers offered to cut the short into a music video. No thanks. Finally I met Christophe Rossignon who had taken over the “short films” section of Lazennec Productions, a young production company in vogue at the time. Christophe, a sound engineer by training, and television repairman, was in the process of repairing the photocopy machine when I showed up dressed like a bicycle courier, just like the character of Felix in “Cafe au Lait”.