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CONSTELLATION PRODUCTIONS

AUNTIE
(2013)


SHATTERHAND
Tribute film

PUNTA AND CANA GOES TO THE BEACH
(2012)



KILL B FIRST KILL
(2011)



SOMBER HEROES
(2011)



NOCTURNE
(2011)



PICNIC
(2009)




February 2014

Latest update about Constellation Studios projects :
- Shademaker (our third and final James Bond tribute film) has a couple of new scenes that were shot in the French Alps last month – a chase with mountain vistas in the background and a great fight next to an abandoned chapel in the same environment.
- Überstar, our new comedy, should begin production before the term is out.
- Ekstasis, a science fiction tale, should also begin soon, after a few delays. We remind you of Auntie, our latest comedy (in French language) released at the end of 2013 with the marvelous Minoche Walle and our usual suspects Luc Le Clech and Philippe Lombard.

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February 2013

I waited for someone to find out about this. Hurray, Gregory Bertrand for finding out that William Jackson Turner’s The Fighting Temeraire features in our James Bond 007 tribute film Shamelady. Turner’s masterpiece is my favorite painting and I digitally inserted it in Moneypenny’s office. All this was done five years before it was featured in the latest James Bond blockbuster, Skyfall. I also inserted Goya’s Duke Of Wellington in M’s office years after that famous portrait was stolen from London’s National Gallery - supposedly by Dr. No in the first James Bond movie. As a gag the end credits mention that this painting was on loan for our picture by the Julius No Foundation ! As I loved inserting these references in our tribute movie - an obvious fitting place for them - Goya’s Duke Of Wellington also makes a second appearance (this time painted by Serge Rotelli) but with Roger Moore’s face at the end of the final fight with the villain ! For Your Enjoyment Only. - Eric Saussine

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December 2012

AT LONG LAST ! Five years after Shamelady, our second James Bond tribute film Shatterhand is available for your viewing enjoyment.

James Bond’s former climbing instructor agent Hannes Oberhauser is dead. James Bond goes after his murderer, Major Dexter Smythe, an active MI6 agent and a traitor. Bond finds the Major who gives him some information on Blofeld. As a reward, 007 spares Dexter Smythe a shameful return to England by giving him the choice of an honourable death. As for Blofeld, Bond’s nemesis has presumably died in Japan in a mysterious Garden of Death cared for by its owner, Doctor Guntram Shatterhand... James Bond flies to Japan to solve this conundrum.

A mixture of classic Bond and 1950s / 1960s style exotic adventure, we hope Shatterhand will celebrate James Bond’s 50th movie anniversary in style and will bring you back to your magic memories of 007’s very first screen missions. Follow the link : "Shatterhand"

This is a non-profit tribute film. No copyright infringement intended.

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April 2012

In this time of French presidential election, it seemed somehow appropriate to introduce the main authority giving orders in a spy story i.e. the French President himself. That honor goes to the current incumbent - who might or might not be reelected - Nicolas Sarlozy. This movie shot mainly in the Caribbean in Easter 2011 has a rather incredible backstory - It could never have been produced. It was written in one day during holidays in the Gulf of Mexico and shot... in two days. Three scenes filmed in France were later added to augment footage already shot under the sun. As its title might easily suggest Punta And Cana Go To The Beach is a comedy featuring barely competent spies on a strange mission in a dream place. The whole thing is as light as a soap bubble and aims at nothing else but to keep you smiling. We do hope that this mission will be a success.

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June 2011

After "Punta & Cana Go To The Beach" last month - the film is not ready and you will understand why - here is our second surprise movie these days ! "Kill B - First Kill" is a two-minute tribute to Quentin Tarantino. When Matthieu Pariot told Eric Saussine about the existence of a contest entitled"Do Your Tarantino", they started scratching their heads and found a story idea. A few days later, Eric put it into script form. Two days after finishing writing, they were shooting it with Eric behind the camera and Mathieu behind... actress Lilly Swann, to prevent an (un)happy Philippe Lombard (as great as ever) from being tramplened on in a memorable massage by foot scene. We hope you will find all this good fun and you can watch it here !

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May 2011

Surprise movie ! When Antoine de Villaseca and Eric Saussine fly to a seaside resort in Punta Cana for three days’ rest, those two cannot keep their hands away from a camera. Nothing unusual then for them to wonder : "What if we were to do a short film here ?" Nothing unusual as a matter of fact to write a script in one day and to shoot it in two. Nothing unusual. Of course, there would be no other equipment than the two guys’ faces, the splendid scenery, the holiday camera and a bit of madness. The rest would be done in post-production. That thing’s name ? "Punta And Cana Go To The Beach", no Russian tragedy as you can guess. You will soon be given some news regarding this production that surprised even us !

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April 2011

Somber Heroes is the third film in a line of comedies started with Picnic and Bluff. Same director (Eric Saussine), same writer (Philippe Lombard), same producer (Luc Le Clech) and the last two mentioned in a marvellous duet in front of the camera. Yet it is a trio we are talking about here - Yannick Guigneux joins them after his memorable role a total moron in Bluff. John, Jack and William - desperados living in what can be called the Golden Age of Westerns - are just old-time transpositions of Paul, Raoul and Norbert. Yet rest assured : they are still incredibly stupid. Click on the following link to watch this French-language film.

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March 2011

A few pieces of news from the Shatterhand front, our second James Bond tribute film :
- Two senes have been totally color-corrected so that they could have a more cinema look : an intimate scene shot in broad light now looks... more intimate and another scene in which Bond escapes through a large vault now has a night blue look that is better-suited than the original neon-greenish one.
- The villain’s End-Of-The-World-Machine and its destruction now exist thanks to special effects. Only a handful of sound effects remain to be created to finish the sequence.
- Our film had no MI6 scene. That is no longer the case - Bond watches some MI6 data on a computer screen - not unlike The World Is Not Enough. Computer animation is also done. (M and Moneypenny do not appear in this opus).
- James Bond now travels on the Japanese coast thanks to new pictures of a car having a pleasant drive through the country.
- The Main Title Sequence, though unfinished, has moved forward considerably and its visuels are mostly Japanese-themed, since Japan is the our story’s main location.
- Final filming on Shatterhand was on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 March. Extras populating the villain’s base were filmed in front of a green screen.

This film is technically on par with Shamelady. Given the huge amount of work - and a huge amount of work remains to be done - we are aware it will have taken a lot of time to exist. We can’t give any guarantee but our hope would be to release the film at the hand of 2011. Wait and see.

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February 2011

Constellation is proud to present its new production, Nocturne. Born from an order to produce a teaser trailer for... a novel (La Plume et l’Envol, written by Sophia Balestri, published by Le Manuscrit in 2008), Nocturne certainly has a narrative albeit one reduced to its simplest form. It is more of an exeperience for the senses with visual references to fantasy worlds akin to what is presented in movies such like Peter Jackson’s the Lord Of The Rings.

An unexpected project in a way, Nocturne displays an ambitious look attempting to honor... its title. Fans of sylvan mysterious and magic moods, Fantasy universes bathed in Celtic culture (i.e. the sountrack), this short movie is for you.

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January 2011

An ever-recurring topic for Constellation finally gets closure this month. A splendid trailer for a Star Trek movie that you will never see and a hilarious short parody of this franchise giant are available at long last on the Star Trek Monument page.

A brutal stop in the production of special effects and the artistic progress of later Constellation productions made us see reason. We won’t make Star Trek Monument available as a short movie. However what would have made an average picture is now a fantastic trailer for a non-existing blockbuster movie thanks to the art of editing. Spectacular technical talent can be admired in this small-budget production that will hopefully make you say : "Beam me up, Scotty !"

A reminder of things to come : Shatterhand is still in production. New titles will pop up soon. Let’s mention them here again : Nocturne, our very next, is a "Celtic-fantasy" ballad and Somber Heroes is a comedy western.

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December 2010

Upcoming movies and introducing a new section... Shatterhand is still in post-production (Bond fans, don’t despair !). A new short film entitled Nocturne, sylvan and contemplative, soon on this website, as Somber Heroes, our third French-language comedy, written by Philippe Lombard and directed by Eric Saussine (after Bluff and Picnic) also to be made available soon.

A new section "Music Videos, Friends and Miscellaneous" appears on this website. Projects running parallel to Constellation, or including personel from Constellation, plus miscellaneous music videos produced within our studio. Artwork from Serge Rotelli, our James Bond himself, is now presented by

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December 2008

Some people reported difficulties to download Constellation Studios movies, including the still popular Shamelady. Our server broke down. It should be repared very soon. We are sorry for the inconvenience. EDIT : website fixed !

The current news is the near completion of Picnic... but first of all the Charles Chaplin / A Day In The Park project ! The most famous tramp in the world is back... thanks to Constellation. Let’s not go into details about this work as its peculiarity can be explored on this page. We hope that you will appreciate that "Day in the Park" from Charles Chaplin.

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June 2008

A new great addition to our resume is coming this month : I Hate You written and directed by our in-house photography expert Frederique Remy is released for your viewing enjoyment. It is about a cheap movie’s filming going awry and the actors were more or less playing themselves — rather more than less. It is great, it is lively and we hope that you will enjoy it. I Hate You can be seen on this page.

Production is also moving forward for our Charles Chaplin tribute entitled A Day In The Park. Shooting first took place in April with only the tramp and it has resumed in June with the rest of the cast. Stay tuned !

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May 2008

Constellation Studios is proud to present its new production — and a first for us — a musical video. As a matter of fact we shot the famous French Rock band, Les Figurants (The Extras) and have coupled our footage with one of their tunes entitled "Paradis parallèle" (Parallel Paradise). The shoot took place at the end of 2007 and editing lasted until April 2008. You are invited to discover this new piece of work on this page.

The production of Shatterhand continued in April in Geneva, Switzerland and — by pure luck — it was about shooting all the scenes with the James Bond girls. Fun time of course.

On other fronts : very soon you will be able to watch our newest creation, I hate you, a short movie directed by Frederique Remy. Constellation is very busy at the moment as the following productions should be coming soon : "Picnic", "A Day In The Park", "W.C. Killers" and "Screen". Stay tuned !

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November 2007

With 80% of this movie shot last Summer, work has begun on editing the first pictures of Shatterhand, our second James Bond adventure. On other fronts, Constellation Studios has launched two new projects. For Les Figurants (The Extras), one of the great French rock band, we are producing a video. We also started production on a very trash short film entitled W.C. Killers, directed by Matthieu Pariot. Deep Down The Cellar, which we talk very little about, is still in the works.

This month’s great event is first and foremost the release of Shamelady. Our James Bond Tribute Film is now available. We are late but our bet was successful : it is released in 2007, a highly symbolic year for secret agent James Bond. You can download it from this site or watch it on youtube. The first reviews both in France and Anglo-Saxon countries have been rave. We could not be more thrilled. Some of the reviews can be read on the forums linked to this site and they reveal some incredible enthusiasm for the final result. Thank you all !

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May 2007

The work on the sound for Shamelady is moving forward, though it is slower than planned. It is a huge undertaking to make it sound totally professional and we underestimated this because of our lack of experience in the field. New sound effects have been added in the car chase, music cues have been changed and dubbing the entire film is 75% finished. Following a wave of enthusiasm among and outside the Shamelady crew, we have decided to renew the experience and have launched the production of a shorter and hopefully more spectacular second Bond 007 film. It is titled Shatterhand. The idea of making a Bond adventure with that title was born a long time ago. Our more pressing goal is to finalise and finish Shamelady, to be released in 2007. However we started shooting Shatterhand, to be released in 2008 to celebrate Ian Fleming’s hundredth birthday, in February 2007. we filmed a ski chase for the new pre-titles sequence. The main shoot will take place in July 2007. Once again it will be directed by Eric Saussine and production will be supervised by Philippe Crave and Pierre Rodiac.

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December 2006

A new trailer ("Action Trailer") is now available in Shamelady’s Downloads. Thanks to Satorious for compressing the video. There will be a Final Trailer. It will be made available some time before the film is released on the Internet. Though a few shots remain to be filmed, post production is now going full-speed ahead. The car chase’s editing has been reexamined for better efficiency. Its color scheme has been seriously worked on and it now offers an Aston Martin DB5 in all its glory. In the same way, a scene located in Irak has now its own peculiar color scheme. And hats off for Serge Rotelli, who has worked again for the production and created beautiful paintings and posters !

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October 2006

Constellation Studios shot a melancholy scene and two action scenes for Shamelady in the past 30 days. On September 30 a convertible Sunbeam Alpine - the model driven by Sean Connery in Dr. No (1962) - made a special guest appearance in front of our camera on the roads of Normandy and on D-Day beaches. On October 13 a small plane took off from Toussus-le-Noble airfield, south of Versailles, for a major action sequence that shall be completed with special effects. On November 17 a beautiful black Alfa Romeo driven by two killers terrorized the streets of Paris. Shooting is nearing conclusion on the project !

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September 2006

The shooting of the bigger scenes is over. We now dwelve into a string of smaller scenes and transition shots. A few special effects have been produced, with more to come. The greatest miracle - though it was one we kind of awaited - came from the first dubbing session for our two main characters, James Bond and his adversary Jacques Descarpes. Luc Le Clech dubbed himself but Serge Rotelli (Bond) was dubbed by Benoît Grimmiaux, whose voice was closer to what is expected for the character and whose professionalism was a sight to behold. His talent has suddenly lifted the level of our production. Many thanks to him !

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May 2006

The last big scenes for Shamelady have been shot. It happened during the long week-end of the Ascension. Thursday (Ascension Day) : we shot a car chase between Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 and one baddie’s Jaguar XJS. The team thanks Mr. Lamy who enabled us to get the legendary vehicle and piloted it for us, as well as Mr. Michaut, the owner of the Jaguar. These scenes were shot around the Château d’Esclimont near Rambouillet. Friday : the team is back in Château d’Esclimont’s gardens to shoot Bond’s first appearance in the film. Other backgrounds around the castle were used, this time for the ending of the film. Saturday : we shot the final mano-a-mano fight between Bond and the main villain. Porch House Manor in Chantilly — where A View To Kill was shot — had kindly authorized us to shoot in their living room. Sunday : Irina Bogomolova looped all her scenes. It was a wrap for her as well as for Serge Rotelli. We thank both of our Geneva actors who put so much enthusiasm into the production.

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April 2006

The Shamelady project continues to progress rapidly. The Main Credit sequence has just been edited, complete with all its special effects. We can proudly announce that the resulting three minutes are worthy of the official 007 movies. A teaser trailer is in the works and should be available on this site by next month. Production resumes in May with the shooting of Aston Martin scenes and the shooting of the final fight between Bond and the main villain, Descarpes. New pictures are also available.

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March 2006

Since the launch of the Constellation Studios website and the announcement of the Shamelady project, production on the James Bond fanfilm has started. Three quarters of the picture were already shot between August 2005 and February 2006 and editing has already begun. Special effects and sound effects are also in the works. The pre-credit sequence was also shot against a green screen. Reactions from fans everywhere are enthusiastic ! Coming soon : news, pictures, videos, everything to know about this promising fanfilm !

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June 2005

The website for Constellation Studios, which has been under construction for a few months, is now online ! This studio’s Internet pages and the films related to them aim at having its members’ works reach a wide audience. Up to this day, the films presented at this web address, either original works or tribute films, are entirely non profit. Some are available on the site — please drop a word and let us know what you think about them. Enjoy !

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February 2005

22 February 2005 : looping day. Heater noise, technician walking on a microphone cable, cracking caused by a non functional jack, recording machines left on the "off" position, everything conspires against a good sound take during the shooting of a film. Angélique and Cookie, actresses in Star Trek Monument, Eric, actor and director, Cyril, sound engineer, have gathered at Jean-Régis’s place. The actor’s flat was kind of turned upside down after consoles and microphones were set for action. The entire afternoon was spent on re-recording some irretrievable dialogue or sometimes forgotten voiceovers to be compiled on a digital cassette so that Eric was able to resynchronize everything. This did not go without a few laughters, as on the sets of the real Star Trek !

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October 2004

Rodolphe - our new digital special effects craftsman - joins Cedre to help him with his task. Rodolphe was a member of the staff of the French Constellation 3 Convention (www.constellation-conventions.com) and gravitates in the harsh realm of 3D Studio Max, the famous software that will make the Enterprise fly within incredible environmements.

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September 2004

After the summer hiatus, Eric starts to work on the soundtracks and comes up with a first rough mix in order to list all the elements that will have to be rerecorded later on. Seven elements are to be reworked. Parallel to that, he creates the main bridge computer animations. The process is simple : create as many pictures as there are motions in the animation. That’s how animated movies used to be done ! A long process perhaps, but an efficient one.

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May 2004

At the French Constellation 3 Convention (www.constellation-conventions.com), a rough edit of Star Trek Monument is screened. Eric is worried that the acting might be terrible and discreetly leaves the screening. But the audience is thrilled by this work-in-progress and greets the piece with an enthusiastic ovation. Von Flores, a Canadian actor once on the main credits of a sci-fi TV series entitled Earth : Final Conflict, is impressed by the technical qualities of the movie and reassures Eric about the performances - worse acting has been witnessed sometimes on professional television.

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March 2004

Cookie is back to the studio to finish her scenes, but it is Angélique Majchrzy, a great young lady but with limited availability, that made us choose this new shooting date so that she could portray the ship’s second in command. She is by far the most talented amateur actress of the bunch and she plays the part splendidly. A star is born. The day ends with a few voice-overs and the final scene of the movie between the Captain and his Number One.

From then on, Eric uses the following months to create a first cut of the movie.

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February 2004

First shooting day at La Potinodière Studios in L’Isle-Adam, France. The greenscreen has been erected on the entire width of the room. The lights are set up, making the place warmer than it usually is. The 500 W babies are targeting the aluminum roof because they are too powerful for the actors to face them. Cookie is made up as an Andorian officer. Eighty percent of her scenes are shot on that day, including technobabble-heavy dialogue.

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December 2003

Second day in the woods. Frank Mikanowski takes Lionel’s place and also serves as a very professional set photographer (link to Photo Galleries). Most exterior scenes are in the can. The first day’s training was useful, leaving the three staffers the cool feeling that the movie is really moving forward.

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November 2003

First trials in the woods with Eric Saussine as Captain and director, Cedre Teilhard operating the camera and Lionel Sanchis as the rehearsal coordinator. Only a couple of shots ended up in the final cut of the movie.

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September 2003

Change of objective for the project. 90 / 100 minutes for a non professional project is way too long when the actors are no Marlon Brandos. Eric Saussine uses the same thematic material (the responsibilities of the Captain when he faces adversity) and rewrites a much shorter 14-minute project. As a consequence, the movie’s title also changes and the project is now known as Star Trek Monument.

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May 2003

We acquired a greenscreen whose color now conforms to what is used by professional special effect studios. Our first attempt at a greenscreen was a tad too dark - when we removed the green color to composite our digital backgrounds the process sometimes tended to eat up the other dark colors. The teasers available on the websites show that you still can get very satisfying results.

Now digital matting should prove easier. The club also plans the building of a metallic rig to stretch the screen and get a clean, homogeneous background.

Frank has invested in a 3CCD DV camera and it already makes things easier for rehearsals, avoiding the now-dreaded use of my antique analogic camera. It also allowed us to do some serious testing that could be digitally edited and gave us a glimpse of what could be. Two sequences ended up before the unforgiving lens of the camera - a forrest chase and dialogue scene between the two main characters in the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral - fully re-created in the director’s apartment !

The results of this testing prevent future problems and give the crew some insight about what has to be avoided - shooting when planes are flying above the forrest, ensuring sound continuity by placing the mic at identical spots to avoid mixing problems later, removing autumn leaves so that actors do not have to raise their legs too high - the effect of which is rather comical on TV. Those are as many potential bugs that the crew would probably not have foreseen at the time of the real shooting.

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OTHER CONSTELLATION PRODUCTIONS


BLUFF
(2009)


A DAY IN THE PARK
(2008)



STAR TREK MONUMENT
(2003-2009)
Tribute film

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