The word from La Founder: When meeting Sébastien, it can be quite unsettling. He is very calm, handsome, polite, his voice is soothing, his words are wise, a sensitive and yet confident man. Unsettling. Sebastien is a pure maker, I have always known him as the video maker, following his personal works through how he documents his life and in particular the Papa Skat project on Youtube. It is witty, well-executed, a bit of humor, a bit of poetry. Just like him.
Your astrological sign:
A special feature about you:
I am thorough.
Your credo/mantra in life:
Why you love your job/craft? Or why you have chosen this path?
What I like about video-making and notably about the editing part (my job), is the subjective dimension of the process: each person will operate accordingly to his/her personal point of view, taste and vision. In the end, a movie or a video is nothing more than a sequence of subjectivities from the authors, the comedians, the technicians, the cameramen etc. It is like a mille-feuille, and each layer has been cooked by a different pastry chef. The result is then unique, as the sum of all their contributions.
A special project you loved doing:
My music project Polytechniques. It only last a year (2011-2012) and it was an intense and yet ephemeral year.
An anecdote about you that you would like to share:
Actually it is about Polytechniques. With my partners, we managed to get a meeting with BMG Rights Management quite fast in order to present our project. We got there with a demo and a home made video clip and our only goal was to get some feedback and advice. And at the end of the meeting, they started to introduce to us the team, explained to us how they work, like we were actually going to work together. We got out of this meeting completely stunned, like we missed an episode of the show but the story is getting to a very happy place! We went to a bar around the corner to celebrate. It was an incredible feeling, as if everything became suddenly possible.
A special person/encounter, or a mentor/partner:
No one in particular, but many people at once. I am the sum of multiple and diverse influences: friends, family, professional and fictional encounters.
The Little Prince, Saint Exupéry. Moving, accurate, simple and universal.
Blade Runner, Ridley Scott. The topic of the film, the 80’s feel to this visual world, the mood.. and the soundtracks!
Favorite TV show:
Twin Peaks, especially the excellent season 3, done 25 years after the first two. It just sent the show to the stratosphere.
Favorite song/music artist to listen to for work:
Flamingosis, a californian hip-hop producer. Instrumental, chill, and feel-good.
Favorite song to dance:
Twist on Guarda come dondolo, of Edoardo Vianello.
Depends: I will always prefer the local dish of where I find myself (town/region/country).
Brown ale (Porter).
Favorite city, and a place you love in that city:
Copenhagen, the city is as edgy as it is enjoyable. It is always on the move: fashion, design, music, architecture, urbanism, food… but always with this blissful way of life, the hygge spirit. People are cool and relax. They have this californian chill that you cannot find in Paris, sadly. And you don’t see any T-Max scooters on the roads in Copenhagen! I love Kødbyen (meat packing district), a neighborhood with old butchers shops which have been transformed into attractive art galeries, bars, restaurants over the last decade.
Any bistrot which is a neighborhood’s favorite, and serves a simple, local, and honest food.
Favorite brand or brand of the moment, and why:
Not easy question… but I would pick Nintendo: its 90s consoles were fully part of my teenage years, and were iconic for a whole generation, with the gameplay and all the musics which were recognizable at once (Super Mario Bros, Mario Kart, Zelda, Street Fighter, Goldeneye…). When in the 00s Sony and Microsoft were fighting over a market that became very tech-oriented, Nintendo came with a super user-friendly console. Kids could play with it, their parents or even grand-parents could play with it. It was all about simplicity and playfulness. Genius!
A guilty pleasure