LPMA (universities Paris 6 & 7) : production of a collective film

22 September 2015. Published by Benoît Labourdette.
Temps de lecture : 1 min  

Production of a collective film by researchers in mathematics.

The Laboratory of Probability and Random Models (LPMA) from universities of Paris 6 and 7 invited me to lead the way at the laboratory reentry conference, in a cinematographic way. This event is since 12 years is a scientific and cultural point organized by Sonia Fourati.


There was a lecture by Bernard Bru, mathematician, “Stories of probas, Chapter 2”. Then I suggested a workshop for making a collective film, which would be the subjective filmic record of this unique moment.

Presentation text

Production of a collective film with handheld cameras.

Armed with markers, paper sheets, cameras, brains, eyes, ears, we will create a movie together helped by our guest director.

Concept of the production workshop

Each of the present persons took a pen and a large sheet of paper, drew a diagram representing his perception of the conference. Then the camera circulated from hand to hand, for a shoot in sequence shot, each drawing and pronouncing live, during his filming, one or two sentences, which would “give life” to the design, as a vast cinematic exquisite corpse.


Part of the work was to give confidence to everyone. Then the shooting happened in a very intense concentration, and watching the film in the dark room, was an important moment. Then I put the film in free download for the participants, who were able to share it their own way on social networks.

Here is the film :

I developed concepts of filmmaking workshops with handheld cameras to every kind of audiences including teenagers. Very effective, creative, rewarding for young people, so constructive, yet very fun. This is a practice that I change as and when changes in technologies, their uses and their problems, and I pass in professionnal training.I hosted since 2006, dozens of workshops implementation in the concept “Pocket Films”. Only a few recent examples are presented (...)