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How to Create a Financial Crisis

Charles Trahan, Léon Courville and Folklore
2017 | 25 min
Mobile, tablet and desktop



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User Experience

Quotes from Léon Courville

Clip #1: The Joy of Turning Debt into Profit !

Clip #2: It pays to take risks !

Clip #3: The Financial Machine Runs on Human Folly !

Clip #4: Democracy and the Financial System: a Delicate Balance!




Léon Courville's economic analysis


Léon Courville


Charles Trahan
Creative Director


Katy Lemay


David Mongeau-Petitpas
Development (Studio Folklore)


Marc-Antoine Jacques
Creative Director (Folklore)


Louis-Richard Tremblay
Producer (NFB)

Photo : Angel Carpio


How to Create a Financial Crisis is based on a thesis paper entitled “Financial Crisis: A Perfect Storm or Regulatory Failure,” written by Léon Courville, Associate Professor of Economics at HEC Montréal and former president of the National Bank of Canada.

Creative Director
Charles Trahan

Concept and Writing
Charles Trahan

Concept, Design and Development
Marc-Antoine Jacques
David Mongeau-Petitpas
Nicolas Roy-Bourdages
Julien Carignan (Folklore)

Léon Courville

Katy Lemay

Sound Design
Gaëtan Troutet

English Adaptation
Kurt Chaboyer

Translation and Copy Editing
Leah Kosatsky
Anna Victor
Jovana Jankovic
Gabrielle-Lisa Collard
Bronwyn Haslam

Video Production
Guillaume Fortin
Anne-Marie Rainville
Erika Reyburn
Marie-Josée Galibert
Valérie Darveau
Studio Conifère, Michèle Provencher, Cédric Chabuel
HEC (Denis Paquet, Michel Desroches, Martin Robillard)

Video Clip Production

Valérie Darveau

Michèle Provencher
Valérie Darveau

English Adaptation
Kurt Chaboyer

Motion design and illustration
Amélie Tourangeau (Studio Conifère)
Samuel Jacques (Studio Conifère)

Sound Design
Cédric Chabuel

French Voice
Karina Aktouf

English Voice
Millie Tresierra

Technical Coordinator
Mira Mailhot

Recording & Foley
Geoff Mitchell

Photo Shoot

LM Chabot – Productions l’Éloi
Claude-Maurice Lavoie, Sybille Sasse Agency
Louise-Hélène Lacasse, Diane Riel Agency
Véronique Beaudouin, Diane Riel Agency
Kim Lambert, Robitaille Corbeil Agency
Qamar Abbas, Sybille Sasse Agency
Hugo Martinez, Sybille Sasse Agency

Hair and Makeup
Evangelia Pavlakos


Executive Producer
Hugues Sweeney

Louis-Richard Tremblay

Production Managers
Catherine Bourassa-Hébert
Marie-Pier Gauthier
Nathalie Bédard Morin

Editorial Manager
Valérie Darveau

Technology Director
Martin Viau

Production Coordinators
Caroline Fournier
Claudia Boutin
Dominique Brunet
Perrine Bral

Marie-Andrée Bonneau

Technical Coordinator
Mira Mailhot

Technicien studio d’enregistrement
Geoff Mitchell

Marketing Manager
Tammy Peddle

Marketing Coordinator
Florent Prevelle
Jolène Lessard

Social Media Strategist
Kate Ruscito
Emilie Nguyen Ngoc

Web Content Project Manager
Félix-Antoine Viens

Press Relations
Marie-Claude Lamoureux

Information Technologies
Sergiu Suciu

Legal Services
Peter Kallianiotis

With the support of HEC Montréal

Thanks to :

Dominique Willieme, Monique Simard, Minority Media (Vander Caballero, Tali Goldstein, Paul Di Marco, Nicholas Kornek,  Louis Sciannamblo, Pierre-Antoine Lafond-Simard, Philippe Brault, Denis Wolff, Game LAB at MIT, Philip Tan, Rick Eberhart, MIT Open Doc Lab (Sarah Wolozin, William Urichio, Ainsley Sutherland), Ana Maria Cimpoia, Agence agoodson.com

Media Relations

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