In Cleo’s word, frogs are singing, plants are in silicon and kids’ heads are rounds as balloon: I immediately have a crush on it. It has something juvenile, innocent and full of life: “I like puppets animation because there can be some imperfections, it brings a kind of poetry”. And she’s right: aren’t we much more demanding when it comes to a jump cut a 3D movie? It looks unprofessional whereas in stop motion, it’s part of the charm.
But who is really Cleo, or should I call her by her real name (quite far from her artist one): Violaine Pasquet? When the organizator tries to call her during TrikShow, I get why: abroad, this name is unpronounceable!
“After this catastrophic speech, I really need a glass of wine…” says Cleo to me, comfortably settled in one of the vintage sofa of the Salon. I don’t get it, did we see the same speech? I had the impression of seeing a confident woman, proud of her work, and it personally gave me big curiosity to discover more about her achievements. “I hate talking in public” she confesses to me. But at the sight of “frog song”, she seems to know her stuffs, and I guess she studied it for a long time! But I was wrong: after few years working on 3D animation (because she is “a very bad drawer”), she went to Paris, realizing that “computer work was boring”. While looking for job offers, she was proposed to teach stop motion to some kids: at this time, she had no idea of how it worked, but Cleo decided to take her chance. That’s how everything started: step by step, she tried herself as different tasks until becoming a film director and realizator, here and there. She even created her own animation studio in Nantes: “la Fabule”. If the topics are various: depth, animals, musicals, the atmosphere stays light and joyful, even while dealing with serious issues. “That’s the thing when you work out of big studios: you don’t have the tips, so you have to try, fail, try again and again.” Clio then has to be surrounded by a team, but not too big, otherwise she loses the handcraft work: her little pleasure. As a film producer, she can choose the angle, and lead the project where she wishes, something she would have liked to do more on her last movie, Frog song “I wanted it more dark, punk and dirty instead of having an happy ending”. But that’s one of the things about learning on the job: you’re constantly learning, discovering. On the other hand, this kind of musical seems to be a success in USA, since it has been selected in New Orleans film festival! The next adventure for our franchise…
Well, I was thinking that in this specialized field, you had to go to a certain path to study, practice with the best to finally produce a project, but once again creative world proved to me that curiosity and polyvalence are leading to much more than we think!
Cleo showing me the wild path of Creative world
Frog song, Violaine Pasquet (Studio d’Animation La Fabule), 2016, FRA