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6eme Sens ProductionBy 6eme Sens Production
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6eme Sens ProductionBy 6eme Sens Production
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Version Française (FR), followed by the English (EN) version

Synopsis  

Le sujet est basé sur l'histoire d'une chenille qui rêve de devenir papillon (clin d’œil au conte d'Andersen "Le vilain petit canard"). Le spectateur est accompagné par le guide - Yves - qui aide à découvrir ce micro monde. "Les habitants" partagent les secrets de leur vie quotidienne - un étrange théâtre où les plus petits des comédiens de ce monde présentent leur spectacle, un extraordinaire show coloré. L'envoyé spécial Patrick Paparazzi interviewe les petits acteurs du film dans les coulisses.

L'affiche du film / The movie poster
L'affiche du film / The movie poster

Présentation

Lorsque vous avez à coté des gens passionnés par les belles petites bestioles, il est difficile d'y passer à côté. Plusieurs années de tournage, des attentes passionnées dans diverses coins de la planète ont été finalement réunies dans un film fantaisiste et drôle… Le film est déjà traduit en plusieurs langues en bande sonore, l’Anglais et le Russe entre autres.

La petite équipe de passionnés de la nature travaille dur, soutenue par un simple enthousiasme, et sa passion pour cette beauté cachée. Maintenant, quand le moment est venu de révéler les secrets des petits papillons au grand public, nous avons besoin de votre aide pour y parvenir ensemble.

L'idée  

Le film a été réalisé de manière ludique et comique, en "humanisant" les insectes. On amène le spectateur à faire connaissance avec ce monde fragile et à réfléchir sur des questions essentielles concernant la préservation de la nature.  

L'une de nos principales tâches consistait à créer un film qui intéresse un public diversifié, sans jamais contrarier l'intention originale de l'auteur. Pour réaliser ces souhaits, nous avons dû raconter histoire qui devait tout d’abord passionner les gens, puis leur faire ressentir une profonde empathie pour les personnages principales presque invisibles en les découvrant pour apprendre à les regarder à travers le prisme de l’amour.

Pour la réalisatrice, aucun genre cinématographique traditionnel ne répondait à ces besoins. Il restait qu’à l’inventer en puisant dans les domaines les plus variés : documentaire, musical, fiction, familial, éducatif, scientifique, artistique. On se rappelle de la phrase célèbre de Voltaire : "Tous les genres sont bons sauf le genre ennuyeux", que l'avait aidé afin de ne pas transformer le film en œuvre kitch. Ainsi, Butterflymania fait référence à un nouvelle présentation visuelle et ne ressemble pas aux autres films proches de ce genre.  

La vision de réalisatrice est traduite par la caméra du directeur de la photo - Yves Lanceau. Ce cameraman animalier spécialisé dans les prises des vues en macro connait la vie des insectes depuis plus de 50 ans. Ce genre de tournage nécessité un équipement spécial et une durée de tournage qui s’est étalée sur plusieurs années. Pour observer la vie des papillons, il était nécessaire d'apprendre leurs habitudes de vie qui sont différentes pour chaque espèce. Il fallait beaucoup de patience et il n'était pas rare de passer des journées entières sans réaliser de plans intéressants.  

La "grande vadrouille" est destinée aux adultes souhaitant un jour revenir dans son enfance et aux jeunes impatients de grandir plus vite.

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The English Version

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The English movie poster
The English movie poster

When you have around the people passionate with the little beautiful beasts, is hard it's hard to miss out on that. Five years of film making and passionate expectations in various parts of the world were finally brought together in a amazing and funny movie… The small team of nature enthusiasts worked hard. Now, when The time is to release the secrets of the butterflies to the general public, we need your help to achieve it together.

Butterflymania, frames of the film (©6ème sens production)
Butterflymania, frames of the film (©6ème sens production)

- How to love what you do not see... and what you don't know? Searching of an answer to this question, we are about to embark on a fascinating trip exploration to a place that is not found on any map.

The trip is intended for adults who wish to return one day to their childhood and to young people eager to grow up faster, via a country of the most modest and inconspicuous inhabitants of the Earth - the insects.

Butterflymania, frames of the film (©6ème sens production)
Butterflymania, frames of the film (©6ème sens production)
Butterflymania, frames of the film (©6ème sens production)
Butterflymania, frames of the film (©6ème sens production)

One of the central narratives of the plot: the story of the caterpillar, which dreams of becoming a butterfly, with the same fate as the main character from Andersen’s «The Ugly Duckling ».

Yves reading "The Ugly Duckling" to Json
Yves reading "The Ugly Duckling" to Json

Through the observation of those insects, those fragile creatures, we imperceptibly become one of them! Yves Lanceau, our director of photography, takes us through the whole story, helping us in our discovery of this microworld. Its hospitable inhabitants share with us their secrets, problems, joys and they invite us into a strange theater where the tiniest actors unveil their show.

Patrick Paparazzi in interview (©6ème sens production)
Patrick Paparazzi in interview (©6ème sens production)
Patrick Paparazzi (©6ème sens production)
Patrick Paparazzi (©6ème sens production)

Another hero appears in the second part of the movie: the "special correspondent" Patrick Paparazzi that interviews all of the film’s tiny actors.

Butterflymania, frames of the film (©6ème sens production)
Butterflymania, frames of the film (©6ème sens production)

BUTTERFLYMANIA: What is this movie about? Why and for whom?

One of our main tasks was to create a film that appeales to a diverse audience, but never to thwart the original intent of the author. 
In other words, create a film capable of attracting everyone, people of all ages and nationalities, because, and I find it very important, discreet messages of my ideas, translated in the scenario, are understood by a maximum of spectators.

Butterflymania, frames of the film (©6ème sens production)
Butterflymania, frames of the film (©6ème sens production)

The film is both a dream and an awareness of the fragility of our planet. He delivers us the following message: Respect LIFE, this gift is so fragile! To fulfill these wishes, we had to tell a story that first of all had to fascinate people, then make them feel a deep empathy for our main characters almost invisible to discover, to learn to look at them through the prism of love.

Butterflymania, another frames of the film (©6ème sens production)
Butterflymania, another frames of the film (©6ème sens production)

We would like to help viewers to get to know this fragile world and, above all, to reflect on essential issues concerning the preservation of nature. The film was made on purpose in a playful and comical way, by "humanizing" the insects. We have tried as delicately as possible to combine the visual, musical, artistic, narrative and technical aspects, which sometimes seemed quite incompatible, but at the same time, without diminishing the importance of each one.

"BUTTERFLYMANIA" refers to a new visual presentation and to a certain extent, it is a film of its own kind. Voltaire's advice: "All genres are good, except the boring kind" also helped us in this regard.

Yves on a branch of three (©6ème sens production)
Yves on a branch of three (©6ème sens production)

"Butterflymania" could be classified as a prescription for the well-being, a universal "medication", anti-stress & antidepressant, biologically clean & without contraindications - a fabulous "dainty" for kids!

Film's shooting

The vision of the director is translated by the camera of the professional camera operator Yves Lanceau.

Yves filming the little actors (©6ème sens production)
Yves filming the little actors (©6ème sens production)

Director of photography, this wildlife cameraman specialized in taking macro shots is also a connoisseur aware of the life of insects for more than 50 years.  

This type of shooting also requires special equipment and a shooting time that extends for over several years. Of course, to observe the life of butterflies, it was necessary to learn their lifestyle that are different for each species. It required a lot of patience and it was not uncommon to spend whole days without making interesting plans. But, when you love what you do, you stop counting hours. 

We organized an extraordinary "casting" of insects and most of them have accepted to play their part in our movie. All members of the "casting" are real and have been filmed in their natural environment, without inconvenience for them and with our greatest respect.

Butterflymania, frames of the film (©6ème sens production)
Butterflymania, frames of the film (©6ème sens production)

How the idea of the film was born?

Irina Fontaine: Nothing happens by chance! As a painter and writer-director I have always worked on the astonishing relationship between man and animal[...]One day, in Saint Petersburg, at the international festival of animal films, where I was in the jury, I met a good guy, whose film participated in the program. During the final ceremony he was able to explain to me his philosophy of wildlife filmmaker focused primarily on the protection of the environment and of course he told me about his butterflies. So, it goes without saying, we sympathized right away.

Irina Fontaine, Yves Lanceau et Nathalie Truchet
Irina Fontaine, Yves Lanceau et Nathalie Truchet

But, what joy! Finally, I found the soulmate in the professional setting! After I wrote the script (at the time this project was called "Cradle for Butterfly") and I offered him to work together on the film. The subject pleased him very much and he gave me his agreement with joy. It has been a real pleasure working with him! Often, we would understand each other without even having to talk. As for me, I brought what I think, is a touch of humor, a non-conformist take on wildlife, a story to be told, etc.

Yves Lanceau, working on the film
Yves Lanceau, working on the film

Yves is the author of several movies and documentaries about the fauna and the flora, both on land and underwater. He started showing interest in butterflies (and insects in general) – when I was ten, in 1951. Ever since then, his hands have never been far from the camera.

Butterflymania, frames of the film (©6ème sens production)
Butterflymania, frames of the film (©6ème sens production)

THE MUSIC

“Butterflymania” is a movie about insects, but the music is so present that it’s almost like a musical. Maestro Cyril Palnchon wrote the music of the film.

Cyril Planchon
Cyril Planchon

Cyril : "So I had to compose music that all viewers would keep in mind when leaving the theater."

We present here an excerpt from one of his compositions, a song interpreted by the caterpillars:

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Cyril Planchon began playing the piano at the age of 8 years. At age 20, he began working in film and writing music for movies.

LOCATIONS, LANDSCAPES, SPIRIT

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©6ème sens production

The scenes that make up the movie were shot at the four corners of the world. 

In Europe this is France, Spain, Denmark and Great Britain. In the USA, in Virginia, Yellowstone, in Latin America that is Mexico & Costa Rica; in Africa we get to Guinea Bissau, the Bijagos Islands, Botswana, Tanzania, Namibia, South Africa, Madagascar, Mozambique, Kenya; in Asia it was Borneo-Maldives...

©6ème sens production
©6ème sens production

The quality of the images as well as the poetry of the music invites every single viewer to continue the journey on their own. Don’t you truly get the impression that you are in idyllic places while staring at those landscapes? Doesn’t the scent of plants and flowers please your nostrils? Don’t you feel the morning dew wet your feet? Well, now you know where exactly resides happiness!

Butterflymania (©6ème sens production)
Butterflymania (©6ème sens production)

Interested to know how the work on the film, which lasted more than five years, was going? - No problem! Despite her very bad English, Irina Fontaine could tell you several funny stories that happened to the team during the film making. You can also talk to our maestro Cyril Planchon, Yves Lanceau and the other participants in our project, we could organize online meetings with the fan club. 

Butterflymania (©6ème sens production)
Butterflymania (©6ème sens production)

What the donations will be spent on ?

The goal of each author is to bring his work to the public. In order that our film to be released on big screens, we have to finish its musical part.

  • record composed music with an orchestra,
  • perform a song in the film finale by a singer and record it
  • mix the sound
  • creating the audio version of "Butterflymania" with the music of the film and correspondingly produce the CDs.

Here you can listen to some small excerpts of the music, intended for the orchestral recording:

Irina Fontaine & Cyril Planchon at the film market (Cannes Film Festival)
Irina Fontaine & Cyril Planchon at the film market (Cannes Film Festival)

WHY WE ARE COLLECTING FUNDS?  

It takes a long time between the filing of the application for assistance and the decision of the financial support of various film funded in France. Since we are preparing our film for the Cannes Film Festival in may 2019, we will not be able to present it. Also, paying attention to the fact that thousands and thousands of applications for funding are submitted to these foundations, there is no certainty of a positive outcome.

What if we collect more than the amount requested? The additional money will be spent on advertising the film, which is necessary for its distribution+ in this case, the first violin in the orchestra will be famous violinist Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici. The money will go also on the avant-premiere spendings: advertisement in media, posters, booklets and associated costs.

OBJECTIVES

Most importantly, we intend to present "BUTTERFLYMANIA" at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2019, as it meets all its requirements. We also have some projects that are at the stage of development or production: the comedy "Real Stories of Unreal People" (production stage) and the feature film, the psychological drama "The Dog" (in development). If interested, see the details on our production company site

Some of the proposed rewards

Here the 5 of the 10 images of the film in frame that we propose, thanking you, for your support:

  The book on butterflies by Yves Lanceau (in French):

The book "The Butterflies of the Garden"
The book "The Butterflies of the Garden"

It is a very well illustrated book with the photos of Yves Lanceau. He tells you about different butterflies and their astonishing metamorphosis. It is a book that will be interesting for adults and children.

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You can find "Butterflymania" on all social media platforms, where we share the secrets of production with new partners and thank all our supporters. To keep in touch, you can :

Thank you for your time! Merci !

Risks and challenges

Concerning the recording of music with an orchestra and the final mix of the sound, we have all the accord agreed - a guarantee that the work will be done.

But the best of the best guarantees are our interest and our impatience to complete our project: The film "BUTTERFLYMANIA"!

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