Ok, if you or I had any doubts, I happen to work at the coolest Animation Studio on earth: Jean Pierre Jeunet is here today for a talk and Q&A. How sweet is that ? Unfortunately I forgot my camera phone at home, no mobile live blogging today … X(. I’ll see if I can tell you a bit about the visit after it though …
update: Wow, the Q&A was great, Jeunet is such a nice, honest, interesting man. He is very direct and funny, he got quite a few laughs. He’s completely self taught, never went to film school. He’s quite humble about writing, storytelling and how difficult it is to find the right story to tell. Especially after a movie like Amelie. He made everyone laugh when he pointed out he put too many of his ideas (all of them he joked) in Amelie … and that one could make 3 movies with that many ideas … 10 french movies. Everybody cracked up to that. He really seems to despise French cinema and its realism.
Regarding his notorious attention to details he said he needs to love everything in a movie. A film to him is not unlike the toy box in Amelie: it needs to contain all the small wonderfull things in life that insterest him, the poetic details he loves. In that respect he needs to make personal movies.
He also told us he still often visits the Cafe De Duex Moulin in Paris. It seems like every five minutes someone takes a photo of the cafe which is the main stop to the popular “Amelie Tour of Paris”. What’s funny is that more than once standing in front of the cafe, in an instance even in company of a famous american actress, he was actually asked to step to the side by some tourist trying to take a photo of the Amelie Cafe’. Little did they know “Sans its director”.
Well, what can I say, quite the lunch break …
One last interesting tidbit: when asked regarding his thoughts on the latest cinema trends, he answered he’s very tired of american action movies but that he absolutely loves the latest american TV series. He mentioned 6 feet under, Sex in the city and the Sopranos. Jeunet admitted that while he was never asked, he’d love directing a Sopranos episode. Any HBO producers reading ? X)