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The Unknown Photographer

Turbulent / NFB
2015 | 12 min

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  • IDFA DocLab competition for Digital StorytellingIDFA 2015

  • Official SelectionRIDM 2015

  • Official SelectionSundance 2016

  • Best Immersive Experience SelectionCanadian Screen Awards 2017

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Marc Beaudet
Executive Producer - Turbulent
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Marc Beaudet

Known for his talent and experience in new media, Marc has a knack for identifying, developing and launching high-quality projects. He specializes in the technical and web software development, as well as the production of multiplatform content and interactive games, primarily for the entertainment and education sectors.

With the digital production agency Turbulent, he has produced more than a hundred successful titles, many of which won significant acclaim and awards, including Champlain’s Dream (TFO), Roberts Space Industries (Cloud Imperium Games), Ma Zone CEC (Éditions CEC), TV5, and Mixmania (Vrak.tv). In 2008, Marc was elected chair of the Regroupement des producteurs multimédia.


Benoit Beauséjour
Executive Producer - Turbulent
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Benoit Beauséjour

As Turbulent co-founder and chief technology officer, Benoît has been at the heart of the company’s exclusive technological innovations. He was nominated as “Developer of the Year” at the 2010 Canadian New Media Awards – a nomination that recognized his considerable talents, including his work in conception and production.

Benoît’s modular approach has recently  guided projects for Cloud Imperium GamesBehaviour Interactive, and TV5 Vidéo.

With more than 15 years of experience in Web architecture and development, Benoît is known for his ability to conquer the toughest challenges and develop technological solutions that improve the online experiences of users, while fully responding to the needs of clients.


Hugues Sweeney
Executive Producer - NFB
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Hugues Sweeney

After several years of twisting letters as well as ideas by studying philosophy, literature and Death Metal, Hugues Sweeney became interested in stories as much as the opportunities that technology offers to tell them. First in new media at Radio Canada, then head of Bande à Part and Espace Musique, he joined the National Film Board of Canada in 2009 as executive producer dedicated to interactive works. Continuing experimentation both in the grammar of interaction, in sound creation or in generative art, projects from the interactive studio of the NFB has received numerous international awards including SXSW, Japan Media Arts, Boomerang, FIPA d’or and nominations for the Digital Emmy, IDFA, Gemini or the Gémeaux.
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Claire Buffet
Producer - Turbulent
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Claire Buffet

Claire Buffet joined Turbulent in 2008 as executive producer in charge of convergent productions and original Web series, and has gone on to become the firm’s chief creative officer. Claire is currently producing the Web series Switch & Bitch, which will be broadcast this fall on TV5.ca and in winter on ICI Tou.tv. She has also been line producer for the Web series Hors d’ondes and La Boîte à Malle.

She was a key contributor to the success of the cross-platform projects Champlain’s Dream (TFO), a Gémeaux award winner in 2015, and Qu’est-ce qu’on mange pour souper (Radio-Canada), which won Gémeaux, Numix, and Boomerang awards in 2014,as well as Mixmania (Vrak-TV), J’ai la mémoire qui tourne (Historia) and Tactik (Télé-Québec).

Previously, Claire was Web project manager at Urbania/Toxa for Montréal en 12 lieux (TV5) and the NFB’s Parole citoyenne/CitizenShift web platform. From 2000 to 2009, she worked in documentary and short film production for a number of projects broadcast on major Canadian networks.


Louis-Richard Tremblay
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Louis-Richard Tremblay

After studying political science and architecture, Louis-Richard turned to radio in the late 20th century, and, come the 21st century, became a collaborator on Radio-Canada’s Bandapart.fm – a multi-platform project devoted to emerging cultures. He is fascinated by the chaos and the creative forces unleashed by bringing disparate elements together, and he puts his energy into projects that explore the transformations at work in society. Louis-Richard’s recent productions deal with our digital footprints and the surveillance economy. He is currently working on documentaries exploring virtual reality and the grammar of games


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Team Turbulent

LOÏC SUTY (Director)

Loïc Suty holds degrees in science and philosophy, and has always been fascinated by the possibilities of conceptual, creative and narrative innovations in the digital world. He has been with Turbulent since 2013, working as an experience designer on experimental and convergent projects. Always on the lookout for the latest industry trends, Loïc was part of the team that developed the concepts for convergent projects including the multi-platform Champlain’s Dream (TFO) and the musical game JAM(TFO).

Previously, he worked in Web editing for a music research lab in Paris, France, as a copywriter in various Parisian agencies and was also web marketing manager for the label Wagram. He has created sound installations and has composed music pieces for theatre and documentaries. His musical experience was particularly helpful in the development of the musical game JAM and the sound design for The Unknown Photographer.

CLAUDINE MATTE (Artistic Director)

With a passion for images, Claudine Matte has been involved in communications and visual arts for more than a decade. Having studied design along with visual and media arts, she sees her areas of expertise as complementary.

After starting her career as a graphic designer, Claudine began to work at Turbulent in 2014 as artistic director. Her curiosity, love of innovation and spirit of collaboration have guided her creative approach to projects such as the video games Robert Space Industries and Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade as well as convergent projects. In addition to her work at Turbulent and in the field of visual arts, she has also taught graphic design at Collège Salette since 2013.

OSMAN ZEKI (Technical Director)

Osman Zeki is an enthusiastic seeker of knowledge who is passionate about the multimedia world and has worked on many interactive Web projects. After studying arts and multimedia integration, he began his career as a developer, working on projects including  La légende de Sarila – a tablet application in the form of a graphic novel, designed to accompany the animated film of the same name. In 2014, he joined the Turbulent team as a developer.

Driven by a belief that art and technology go hand in hand, Osman understands the importance of innovating, and brings an openness of spirit and creativity to overcoming any technical constraints he faces. His problem-solving skills and creative spark make him a versatile developer who can adapt his approach to fit any kind of project.

ALEXANDRE LEDUC (Production Director)

Alexandre holds a bachelor of fine arts degree with a major in photography and a minor in cinema studies. He has been with Turbulent since 2008, meeting the video needs for a number of projects, including providing technical direction, directly overseeing original Web series going live, supervising shoots for interactive videos, and video and sound editing. He played a role in developing the concepts for projects such as En parallèle, the live Web shows MixMania 2 and 3Karv – L’anti-gala 2012, and the interactive Web series La boîte à malle and Burquette en direct.

More recently, he contributed his video expertise and project management skills to the virtual reality project The Unknown Photographer (Turbulent & NFB).


Catherine Mavrikakis
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Catherine Mavrikakis

Catherine Mavrikakis lives in Montreal, where she teaches literature. She has published six novels – including Ciel de Bay City, which won several Quebec prizes, including the Prix des libraires, the Grand Prix du livre de Montréal and the Prix littéraire des collégiens. In France, the novel was a jury selection for the Prix Femina, as was her next novel, Les derniers jours de Smokey Nelson (which won the Jacques-Cartier novel prize). Mavrikakis has also published a number of essays, including Diamanda Galás. Guerrière et gorgoneCondamner à mort. Les meurtres et la loi à l’écran(winner of the Victor-Barbeau prize), Duras aruspice, and L’éternité en accéléré.


Julian Casey
English Voice Actor
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Julian Casey

Julian Casey is an Irish born actor based in Montreal, Québec. A graduate of the theatre program at Concordia University, he works in television, film, voice-over and motion capture.

After almost twenty years in the business, Julian has worked on many film productions; from one of his first jobs in the late 90’s with the great Michel Brault, to this year, with a role on Denis Villeneuve’s latest film Story of Your Life. Along the way, there was the surprise of being cast as Jesus, in a mini-series remake of the classic: Ben Hur, and the awe of being on huge productions with Roland Emmerich and Bryan Singer.

Julian has been most successful over the years in the world of video games. In 2012, he won ACTRA’s, Best Performance in a Video Game for the role of Buck, one of the super baddies in Far Cry 3. He has worked in one way or another on every instalment of the Assassin’s Creed franchise: from random soldiers getting killed in every terrible way imaginable, to chief villain François-Thomas Germain in Assassin’s Creed: Unity.


François Papineau
French Voice Actor
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François Papineau

François Papineau is a prolific actor who has made his mark on stage and screen, and whose work has garnered numerous prizes and nominations. He has been a cast member on many TV series, including Les Boys, États humainsLe négociateur III, Vice cachéLes Poupées russes, Fortier and Catherine. Since 2012, he has played Norman Despins in the series Unité 9 and Philippe, the psychologist, on En thérapie. His work for the big screen includes nearly two dozen productions, among them Le génie du crime (L. Bélanger), Le Collectionneur (J. Beaudin), La Bouteille (A. Desrochers), Post Mortem (L. Bélanger), Hasards et coïncidences (C. Lelouch), Clandestins (D. Chouinard) and Le Confessionnal (R. Lepage). More recently, he has appeared in Papa à la chasse aux lagopèdes (R. Morin), Trois temps après la mort d’Anna (C. Martin), André Mathieu (L. Dionne), Route 132 (L. Bélanger), Une vie qui commence (M. Monty), Memories Corner (A. Fouché) and Marécage – the first film from director Guy Édoin.

François has more than 30 theatrical roles to his credit, notably in the plays Là (Compagnie Jean Duceppe), Bureaux (Nouveau Théâtre Expérimental), Cabaret (Théâtre du Rideau Vert and Zone 3), Le Chant du dire-dire (Espace GO), Motel Hélène (Théâtre PàP, Espace GO and a tour of France), Rhinocéros (Théâtre Denise-Pelletier) and several Momentum productions. At the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, he was renowned for his incarnation of legendary characters such as Ulysses in the Odyssey, and Mycroft Mixeudeim in La Charge de l’orignal épormyable, roles that earned him the Gascon-Roux award for best actor in both 1999 and 2009.  In 2011, he played Beast in Beauty and the Beast, created and directed by Lemieux Pilon 4D Art and co-produced with Théâtre du Nouveau Monde. In 2012 he played Dressler in Morris Panych’s Les Dishwasheurs, at the Nouveau Théâtre Expérimental, as well as several roles in Les chemins qui marchent by Alexis Martin and in 2014 he appeared in La Grande Trilogie. In 2015, he offered a triumphant performance in Le Misanthrope, directed byMichel Monty and staged at Théâtre duRideau Vert.


Turbulent
Turbulent
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Turbulent

Turbulent produces websites, apps and original content. We specialize in the fields of entertainment, information, education and games and create unique and amazing projects that combine content and new technologies.

Since 2002, we have completed over 250 interactive projects and won nearly a hundred awards for such convergent projects as Champlain’s Dream (TFO) and Qu’est-ce qu’on mange pour souper? (Radio-Canada), projects in the video game industry like Roberts Space Industries (Cloud Imperium Games), as well as projects in the education sector like MyCECZone (Éditions CEC).

An inventive, daring company, Turbulent tracks the latest trends while exploring new technological avenues and ways of writing. Among our original productions are several webseries, including Switch & Bitch, which aired on TV5.ca in fall 2015 and on Tou.tv in winter 2016, as well as Hors d’ondes (2011) and La boîte à malle (2012).

Developing innovative, high-profile projects is in our DNA. Through our novel approach, our enterprising teams expand the concept of interactivity and strong content and create top-quality products that can easily resonate with people and capture their imagination.

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Executive Producers
Marc Beaudet
Benoit Beauséjour
Hugues Sweeney

Producers
Claire Buffet
Louis-Richard Tremblay

Director
Loïc Suty

Artistic Director
Claudine Matte

Technical Development
Osman Zeki

Narration
Julian Casey (English voice)
François Papineau (French voice)

Script
Catherine Mavrikakis

Original Music
Frank Lafontaine

Production Manager
Alexandre Leduc



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