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Denis Poulin and Martine Époque
2014 | 11 min


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Denis Poulin
Photo : Martine Époque

Denis Poulin

Filmmaker Denis Poulin (Ph.D. in Art Studies and Practices, Université du Québec à Montréal, 2013; M.A. in Cinema and Television, 1976, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) was a dancer and choreographer before becoming a teacher of the art of dance at Collège Montmorency in Laval, where he founded the dance programs and Department of Dance in 1985, as well as a program of 3D animation based on human movement in 2007. He has been an associate professor in the Department of Dance since 2006. Fascinated by the art of dance on screen, Poulin has directed many films and videos intended to be shown on their own or as part of his choreographies for the stage or Martine Époque’s multimedia works. He directed Le bouffe-pétrole (1982) for the National Film Board of Canada after winning its inaugural Cinéaste recherché(e) competition. His dance film SOLO received the University of Michigan’s Best Achievement in Cinematography award, and Beyond Curtains, produced by the NFB (1979), won the “Enta Maratone dei Templi Cup” at the Salerno International Film Festival in 1983.

Martine Époque
Photo : Denis Poulin

Martine Époque

An emblematic figure of the Quebec dance scene, choreographer Martine Époque was the founder and artistic director (1968 to 1981) of the renowned contemporary dance company Groupe Nouvelle Aire. As a UQAM professor from 1980 to 2007, she was the driving force behind the creation of its Department of Dance (1985), its master’s program in dance and the Agora de la danse contemporary dance venue. Since 1972, Époque has created more than 50 dance works for stage and screen, many of which combine film or video projections with stage performances. She has been internationally recognized for her choreographic work, lectures and publications. A number of newspaper and magazine articles, as well as television programs, have been devoted to her work and career. Recipient of the Clifford E. Lee prize for choreography in 1983 and the Prix du Québec Denise Pelletier in 1994, Époque has devoted her energies to the art of “technochoreography” since 1989, and has been a professor emeritus at UQAM’s Department of Dance since 2007.

Marc Côté
Producer (FAKE Digital Entertainment)
Photo : FAKE Digital Entertainment

Marc Côté

Marc Côté, who holds a master’s degree in robotics, is the award-winning founder of the group Camera E-Motion. He has helped develop motion control systems that allow the camera movements required for high-end visual effects. He has also worked on films like Immortals (2011), 300 (2006), The Fountain (2006) and The Aviator (2004).

In 2000, he founded the visual effects company Fake Digital Entertainment with the firm intention of exploiting the full potential of the images he shoots.

Since then, Marc has had a hand in producing visual effects and providing post-production services for many features including Jean-Marc Vallée’s films: Wild (2014), Dallas Buyers Club (2013), Café de Flore (2011), The Young Victoria (a period drama produced by Graham King, Martin Scorsese and the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson and released in 2009) and C.R.A.Z.Y. (the biggest box office success for a Canadian film in 2005).

In March 2012, he won his first Genie Award for visual effects for his work on Café de Flore.

In 2014, Marc and several partners launched the animated series Les aventures de Bakko et Gante. The series relies on a revolutionary real-time-engine production technique created by Fake. This technique, along with digital cameras and MoCap, was used to film  CODA et  le final du Sacre du printemps (2014).

René Chénier
Producer (NFB)

René Chénier

René Chénier served as Executive Producer at the National Film Board of Canada’s French Animation Studio from 2006 to 2014. Under his leadership, the Studio produced over 70 animated short films, and since 2012, it has garnered 122 awards at Canadian and international festivals. While heading the Studio, René strived to expand its involvement in international co-productions. He has recently been appointed the NFB’s Executive Producer, Special Projects.

Earlier in his career, René independently produced the award-winning musical fantasy Hugo and the Dragon (Philippe Baylaucq, 2001) and collaborated on the production of several other fiction feature films, including The Necessities of Life (2008) by Benoît Pilon, which received several awards and was a semi-finalist for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars.

In 2010, René produced Impressions/Glimpses, a short film created especially for the prestigious World Expo in Shanghai, where it was shown on a huge semi-circular screen at the Canada Pavilion, offering audiences an immersive cinematic experience. A true man of the cinema, René also stands out for having produced several films in 3D, including ORA (Philippe Baylaucq, 2011) a short film about dance, choreographed by José Navas.

ORA is the first film in the world to have been shot using infrared cameras and carries Norman McLaren’s tradition of painting with light into the 21st century. ORA has been widely acclaimed and received numerous awards, including the 3D Creative Arts Award at the Autodesk 3D Independent Short Film Competition of the International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society in Los Angeles in February 2013. René Chénier’s most recent production, CODA (Denis Poulin and Martine Époque, 2014), has been selected for the 2014 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival.

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The finale of The Rite of Spring

A film by
Denis Poulin & Martine Époque
in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada

René Chénier

in collaboration with
FAKE Studio

Marc Côté

Executive Producers
René Chénier
Marc Côté
Martine Époque
Denis Poulin, Ph. D.


Particles Artist
Vincent Fortin

Technical Director and MoCap Operator
Pierre-Luc Boily

Dance Motion
Martine Époque & Frédérick Gravel

Brianna Lombardo
Robert Meilleur
Frédérick Gravel
Séverine Lombardo

Igor Stravinsky

TwinMuse Hourshid & Mehrshid Afrakhteh

Sound Design
Benoît Dame

3D Producer
Chantal Bédard


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