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I grew up with two important father figures : a giant beta camera and Jurassic Park toys.
Through those you can see my entire life: the fascination of small monsters and this huge device, more than half my size, which could record everything I saw.
When I was 11, I got 'Lego Studio' a Lego movie set with its own mini-camera and mini-editing software. This was the start of so many stop-motion animations that I continue today.
Every morning before going to school, at the age of 13, I watched a film. I got up two hours before the classes began and before getting some instruction, I educated myself with Polanski, Spielberg, Weir, Kubrick, Lynch - to name but a few - for more than four years.
14 years old: I film everything. My friends, my dog, my parents, the sea, the sky, the moon, legos... I begin to build my own short-stories with my friends and what comes handy. In eight grade I co-direct with three classmates a 14minutes documentary about the Shoah.
I went for a scientific high school diploma. But, even though I have a real fascination for science, my grades doesn't hold up. I try to make up for my non-scholar mind in going regularly to a film workshop where we experiment video art. With the firm intention of doing things my way, and while discovering Kubrick's cinema, I decide to make a 50minutes film with some classmate and my own equipment. We then set up a paying screening which attracted some 200 viewers.
I did it again in twelfth grade with a second 50minute long film, the same year I would pass my high school diploma in science (baccalauréat S). The film, called Baccalauréat, is about the insecurities and self-estime issues with teenagers and got an article in the french magazine Marianne.
My high school diploma in hands, I went to Paris VIII university to follow a bachelor in philosophy with a minor on film studies. As I always dreamt of an open education in a humanist way, I certainly got what I wanted.
During the summer with my old high school classmates, we create a film society to help teenagers between the ages of 15 and 25 to make films, animations and music (in direct relation with cinema). I'm appointed president.
During the second semester of my first college year I became politicly engaged in a strike against french law LRU which could result to ending such curriculum as philosophy & cinema.
At 21 I was giving my first classes at University (What is cinema). Two years later I flew to New York to learn about cinematography at Brooklyn College.
Today I have directed more than 30 short films and 150+ corporate videos, commercials, music videos and I'm embarking on a journey to direct my first feature documentary.
Crop The Block
- Directing Baby Got His Gun a fictional short-feature about french street Rue Mouffetard for a virtual video map of Paris created by Crop The Block.
- The film is aired here : http://croptheblock.com/videos/mouffetard-by-morgann-gicquel
A virtual video map of Paris in the spirit of "Paris, je t'aime".