Missing Pictures: Birds of Prey

Synopsis

Hard times, bad luck, tight spots, mishaps, quarrels, setbacks, hiccups, destiny… Some films, it seems, become recipes for misfortune, never to see the light of day.

This 6 x 8 minute documentary series gives to some of the greatest directors a chance to tell the story they were never able to bring to the screen. Each artist talks us through the outline of one of his or her unfinished movie, and discloses the reasons why it had to be given up.

The series offers unique encounters with great directors and an overview of films whose production was baffled by a succession of misadventures. It makes the invisible visible by paying a tribute to these unborn works.

Viewers can watch these visions come to life through a virtual reality experience with animations custom-designed for each artists’ universe. For this animated sequences, we want to use some artworks done for the pre-production process (storyboards, animatics, concept arts…) and original material done with some of the best concept artists and animators.

In episode one entitled ‘Birds of Prey,’ American director Abel Ferrara takes us with him on a journey through the heart of the story brought to life thanks

 to custom-designed animations based on his original films’ preproduction material. The director is shot with volumetric cameras and incrusted into the VR experience. He narrates key points of the storyline, why the movie was important for him and why it collapsed.

It’s a show designed for film lovers from all over the world…

Directed by

Clement Deneux began with Applied Arts studies at the Lycée Jeanne d’Arc in Rouen. In 2002 he was selected for the

Moulin D’Andé screenplay competition. Then, in 2003 he was trained in engraving and lithography techniques at the School of Fine Arts in Krakow (Poland). Later, he obtained a Higher Diploma in Applied Arts in

Visual Communication at the Estienne school in Paris.

He then began working in film and television, creating the credits for films and series, skins of TV channels, clips and advertisements for different production companies (GÉDÉON, ZADIG, SOIXANTE QUINZE, PREMIÈRE HEURE, BLACKSHIP). He has since devoted himself to writing and directing.