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We produce inspiring videos for digital clients

Think
We’ve got brains

Preproduction.
A video is not made randomly. Thanks to our business background we understand how everything starts from powerful insights about your target audience. We help you to better define your needs, strategy and message. We brainstorm to provide various creative options. Once you pick up one, we organize everything to make sure you get exactly what you expect.

  • Meeting
    We meet you, we talk, we ask questions and,
    most importantly, we listen to your answers.
  • Benchmarking
    We study best video practices, we keep an eye on competitors,
    we understand what matters in the industry.
  • Brainstrorming
    We get inspired by others, we get together to
    imagine new stuff, we come up with ideas.
  • Pitching
    We select our best ideas,
    we introduce them to you.
  • Writing
    We arrange concepts, we sometimes mix them, we build a
    story, we write a treatment, we define characters
  • Storyboarding
    we sketch, we bring ideas to life on paper, we give
    you a clear understanding of what you will get
  • Planning
    We select the perfect team for your project,
    we schedule, book and organize everything
Case study
airbnb
airbnb
Airbnb wanted to leverage on video content to position itself as the number 1 option to travel in France. However they had no idea which message and which type of video would best fit for that purpose. We advised them to create a fictional web series. We wrote original stories based on what matters to them, with strong characters and a playful tone of voice.
Shoot
We’ve got cameras

Production.
We bring together the perfect team and handle everything. We are super flexible style and locationwise. If needed, CROPPERS from all around can shoot at the same time. Whether it is for a cinematic scene for a web series or an indepth interview for a short documentary we always pay the same attention to details. And, yes, good news: thanks to significant advances in technology, highquality video content no longer means high production costs.

  • Directing
    We keep the creative lead on the project, we guide both
    cast and crew in the completion of our vision for you.
  • Filming
    We handle cameras and arrange lights
    to make each frame look great.
  • Sound engineering
    We record dialogs, speeches and sounds, we believe highquality sound
    is as important as beautiful images to create the perfect video.
  • Producing
    We make sure everything is smooth and everyone onboard can focus
    on achieving their job without worrying of anything else.
  • Renting
    We select and provide all cameras, lenses and accessories
    your project needs to be brought to life.
  • Casting
    If we need to embody your brand or service, we find the
    perfect cast among our extended network of actors
Case study
ceetiz
ceetiz
Online booking platform Ceetiz provides travel activities from all over the world. They wanted to highlight how people enjoy those activities in Paris, Rome, London and New York. In only 2 weeks we shot consistent footage across those 4 major cities to visually tell a common story through 4 inspiring videos: the world is amazing and Ceetiz is the best way to enjoy it!
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Cut
We’ve got software

Postproduction.
Once all the footage is shot, we put it together and always keep in mind what matters most: your story and its message. We can add really cool visual effects if needed. We adjust music, sounds, colors and everything so that your video is ready to be shared. And looks awesome.

  • Editing
    We carefully go through all the footage, we only select
    the very best and edit it to build your story
  • Sound mixing
    We combine elements captured on set with music and effects,
    if needed we record voice overs and design specific sounds
  • Color grading
    We touch up and add effects, we make everything look good
    together and give its final aesthetic touch to your video
  • Motion design
    We boost the footage with motion graphics, we
    also create full 2D or 3D animated videos
  • Musical composition
    We compose and record music on
    purpose for your project
Case study
lpr
lpr
The pallet industry may not be the sexiest one, but LPR managed to build a strong brand identity with a focus on people and innovation. They wanted to show in a creative way how its commitments are expressed at each step of its product lifecycle. Motion design and 3D tracking played an important part to clarify the message and create a sense of innovation.
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Team

Our Croppers

We bring together a community of enthusiastic local filmmakers. Each has been carefully hand-picked and asked to show a place from his or her own perspective. Our CROPPERS come from various backgrounds ranging from cinema to journalism. Each has his or her own style, with talent and creativity their unifying characteristics. Get a chance to learn more about their stories and skills and - why not? - work with them.

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Maxime Lebas

Maxime Lebas

cropper since Janvier 2017

In a word : Cinematographer

Maxime is a French director of photography and camera assistant based in Paris and Marseille. He works with digital and film for feature films, short movies, commercials, corporate and music videos.

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Rémi Forte

Rémi Forte

cropper since Décembre 2014

In a word : Dreamcatcher

Rémi got a Master Degree in movie direction at the Sorbonne University in 2010. He worked then as a production manager and production assistant on many shortfilms, documentaries and TV-shows before working as a director.

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Ange-Régis Hounkpatin

Ange-Régis Hounkpatin

cropper since Décembre 2014

In a word : Storyteller

Between Benin - where he grew up - and France - where he became an adult - Ange-Régis has had a background made of cultural mix and powerful visual stories. He graduated from Fémis cinema school, majoring in Directing. Since then he has practiced his passion for storytelling in different fields - short movies, music videos, TV shows - with the intention of switching to feature film in the future.

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Sarah Joucan

Sarah Joucan

cropper since Décembre 2014

In a word : Dream

Sarah is a freelance director and camerawoman/editor based in Paris. Her work includes documentaries, corporate and events films. She co-directed music and art videos with her friend Ange-Régis, under the name of Ahmosys. With this duo, there no limited to creativity, she loves expressing everything that goes through her mind.

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Aurore Dupont-Sagorin

Aurore Dupont-Sagorin

cropper since Décembre 2014

In a word : Mad & Sweet

Aurore has studied English literarure & journalism for quite a while. She then realized that words could be put into images and started making short-movies. She aims at creating peculiar atmospheres, loaded with feelings and emotions. Pretty and dark ones. She also makes documentaries. To access the depths of the human mind. To try anyway. Utterly curious, she discovers brand new ideas on a daily basis to broaden her already very busy and numerous projects.

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Bertrand Sinssaine

Bertrand Sinssaine

cropper since Décembre 2014

In a word : Wandering the World

Bertrand loves travelling and exploring Paris in his own way, between roofs and undergrounds. He has made several professional videos for an adventure travel agency. His next shoots may be in Mongolia, Japan, India or Nepal as he is now on a long trip across Asia!

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Clément Szmulewicz

Clément Szmulewicz

cropper since Décembre 2014

In a word : Chasing light

Born in Paris and strongly bound to his city and its various cultures, Clément has already had his photographs exhibited in partnership with Paris City Hall. As a professional photographer, his particular interest in light has led him to make videos. His talent in editing photos and videos enables him to bring artistic quality to each project.

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Ruby Boukabou

Ruby Boukabou

cropper since Mai 2014

In a word : Tapdance

Ruby Boukabou is an Australian/ Algerian freelance content creator who works both behind the screen as a writer, journalist, director and producer and in front of it as an actor, dancer and voice over artist. Ruby has created content for French Tourism (Vivre le France and Rendez Vous en France), Qantas ipad, magazine and online, The Age, SBS, ABC, The Geneva Times, Men's Style, The Australian (Travel) to name a few and is principal of Ruby TV (www.rubytv.net) a mulit platform content creation in association with Pilot Media (David Fuller). She is currently working on two travel documentary series. Ruby works between Europe, Australia and North Africa but is open to jobs on remote islands as long as there is a piece of wood she can tap dance on and somewhere to swim or maybe take a bubble bath.

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Olivia Rutherford

Olivia Rutherford

cropper since Mai 2014

In a word : Colour and Graphic

Originally from London with a training in fashion, Olivia has been a working travel and people photographer for the past 15 years for Time Out Magazine and Travel Guides amongst other clients. Now based in Paris she is concentrating on film making but always keeping her signature style of strong colour and graphics. The transition from photographer to filmmaker is exciting and adding a new energy to her work.

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Jérémy Strohm

Jérémy Strohm

cropper since Juillet 2013

In a word : Versatility

Jérémy has been making videos since he was 12, always with the same passion as today… But of course, he is a little bit more experienced now! He is versatile and can manage both shootings (organizing, image, sound) and postproduction (editing, effects, mix) while adapting himself to the needs of his clients: fiction, documentary, clip, interview, making-of... Curious and serious, don't hesitate to contact him for all your video projects!

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Yoann Gourdon

Yoann Gourdon

cropper since Juillet 2013

In a word : Aesthete

After graduating in Fine Arts, Yoann decided to spend some time at ESRA Bretagne to specialize in image aesthetics from shooting to postproduction. He now works as a freelance director and editor both for demanding corporate films (BNP Paribas, Renault, SNCF, Pernod Ricard, etc) and creative projects on the side. He constantly keeps his sensible eye on inspiring magic of harmonious images.

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Emeric Livinec

Emeric Livinec

cropper since Juillet 2013

In a word : Aesthetic places

It is mainly in the street that Emeric - who is fond of videos as well as of anything that is related to images - find inspiration. He is always in search for the most aesthetically attractive image and try to reproduce as accurately as possible the atmosphere of places he films, through moments of life he captures with his lens.

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Mathilde Méjanès

Mathilde Méjanès

cropper since Décembre 2013

In a word : Explorer

Mathilde first experienced with video tool while she was traveling in Marrakech. When she captured the beauty of landscapes and everyday life street scenes, she formed her own style and conveyed it through her videos. Thanks to this first experience and her sensitivity to fashion, Mathilde can now push further her own way to make films.

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Romain Daudet-Jahan

Romain Daudet-Jahan

cropper since Juillet 2013

In a word :

Romain Daudet-Jahan gets a Master Degree in movie direction at the Sorbonne University before working as an assistant director on many short films, then as a director. In 2011 he directs the award winning jazz musical short film « The Big Musical Number » at the Femis national cinema school and several music videos (Giovanni Mirabassi, Elephanz). In 2012 he directs a Schoenberg opéra on stage (From today until tomorrow). He is now directing webvideos, writing short movies and a feature film.

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Tom Peyrat

Tom Peyrat

cropper since Juillet 2013

In a word : World traveler

Tom's passion for images comes from the travels he had a chance to do. He has been travelling since he was a child and it's probably his will to share what he saw that lead him to photography and then videomaking. Currently studying audivisual arts, he plans to enter a cinema school and then to become director of photography.

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Elsa Gomis

Elsa Gomis

cropper since Juillet 2013

In a word : Collage

Elsa Gomis has early benefited from the teaching of contemporary artist Guy Limone at the Art School of Aix-en-Provence. Today she makes films, music videos and video installations. She uses shooting medias as diverse as digital image, film, diving photographies or slides.

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Martin Peterolff

Martin Peterolff

cropper since Juillet 2013

In a word : People

Martin started making films about extreme sports. His practical approach has always been focused on people and cinematography. Throughout his studies, he specialized in documentaries. He is into everything related to videomaking and also direct corporate films, music videos and soon fictions.

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Morgann Gicquel

Morgann Gicquel

cropper since Juillet 2013

In a word :

It is at the age of 9 that Morgann decided on a 14th of february that his true love would be cinema. From 11, he did DYI films with his legos. 3 years later, he tells his first story thanks to a camera. He directs his first medium-length film at the age of 17. The year after it is quoted in Marianne magazine. After a bachelor in Philosophy where he taught cinema, Morgann is now only 23 but has already directed about fifteen shortfilms.

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Christophe Guyoton

Christophe Guyoton

cropper since Juillet 2013

In a word : Cinema lover

Christophe has loved cinema since he was a teenager and watched many movies while at the time reading books about cinema and how to make films. In 2005 he wrote his first scenarios, invested in equipment and shot his first shortfilms. In 2007 he met a producer who trusted him and gave him a chance to direct 3 more ambitious shortfilms. They were quite a success. Then he also started directing clips, reports, etc...

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Buster Adams

Buster Adams

cropper since Juillet 2013

In a word : Photographer

As a self-taught photographer, Buster feels more comfortable with analogue photography most of the time whereas his use of digital cameras is better expressed through video.

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Timothée Lambrecq

Timothée Lambrecq

cropper since Juillet 2013

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Timothée has been a video enthusiast for several years now. It is after travelling a lot that Timothée got into videomaking. He started by shooting skateboard and extreme sports videos. Now he makes very diverse videos but all of them are inspired by the different cultures he has a chance to meet.

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Raphaël Melloul

Raphaël Melloul

cropper since Juillet 2013

In a word :

It's in 2008 at the age of 18 that Raphaël started to discover the power of images and beauty of both analogue and digital photography. This devouring passion followed him since everywhere in France and abroad, in holidays, during parties, days… He tries to create a timeless world made of freeze frames with photography and motion images with video that he is also fond of.

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Florian Mosca

Florian Mosca

cropper since Juillet 2013

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Florian graduated from a Sydney cinema school and is now an independent director, cameraman and editor. He worked in France and abroad on short-films, advertisements and video clips. In 2010 he directed his first documentary "Oz ta vie" acclaimed by many festivals and won Voyage TV Channel challenge thanks to his video about Berlin chosen by Antoine de Maximy. In 2011 he won the dream job "Mister Sybelles" on M6 and becomes the video ambassador of a large ski resort.

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Gilles de Caevel

Gilles de Caevel

cropper since Juillet 2013

In a word :

Gilles soon deserted northern lands of France where auks and bovids rule to go south less on an island that is not really one than in a city where light is convenient. He undertook to study at ESRA and then declared his love through a timelapse called "une nuit parisienne" (a parisian night) to a city where many croppers dare filming. Also he worked on many film projects as assistant director on featured films such as Holy Motors.

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Morgane Janoir

Morgane Janoir

cropper since Juillet 2013

In a word : Reinterpretation

As a student, she has played music and done some acting for more than ten years. Cinema and directing are more recent but not less important passions, as means of expression, entertainment and denunciation… a (plastic) art opening up every kind of possibilities.

Team

Our project managers

Video is the best storytelling medium. It is the key to inspiring and engaging an online audience. But you may find it hard to know how best to integrate it into your marketing strategy. Our dedicated business team can help you go many steps further. They have a deep understanding of what can, cannot, should and should not be done in the field. And they would be very pleased to apply their expertise to your business and goals. Together with the CROPPERS, they will come up with tailor-made solutions to help you benefit from online video's unlimited potential.

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Nicolas Merlaud

Nicolas has a double - business and filmmaking - approach that guarantees high relevance when it comes to designing and implementing video projects. He graduated from ESSEC Business School, worked in the consulting field for a while and therefore has a very good understanding business-wise. He also has been an enthusiastic filmmaker since he was a child. He led a student video producing organization and knows what is creatively and technically at stake.

Therefore he can like no one else build connections between demanding corporate clients and the croppers community.

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Adrien Degouve

Adrien graduated from HEC Business School. He had a chance to get familiar with creative project management at TBWA\Paris. There he realized the need for a lighter and faster creation ecosystem to meet the new aspirations of digital players. Content must be fresher, budgets lower - to target fragmented audiences - and reactivity higher. Meanwhile he has always been amazed by the talent of independent creators and sees it as an opportunity for brands to engage their audience.

He develops a deep understanding of ever-changing potentialities offered by digital platforms. He constantly analyzes how the impact of quality content can be brought further on those platforms and love sharing those insights with CROP THE BLOCK's clients.

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