Digital Griffix Awards interview with our Best comedy and Best Dark comedy winner, Julie Ducrocq
-What made you go into filmmaking/music video
creation/original music creation/script writing ?
I studied in a cinema school of Paris (EICAR). As a part of my
school program I found an internship to Nostromo production
which edited trailers for some tv programs and channels.
Emmanuel from Nostromo Production knew that I also made
music (that is easier than cinema when you want to stay in an
artistic domain) and Emmanuel decided to produce my music
video called « L’érotomane » that you can find on youtube, a
mix between narrative, psychological drama and music/art
video. I wanted to enhance the music that was not recorded in
a real studio with a good sound engineer and beyond all that
was the video that attracted attention! I planed some gigs,
accompanied by video projection all along the show. After
that, I met some indie productions to collaborate for others
-What is your favorite movie/music video clip/original
song, and why?
Most of the time I admit that I like movies made 10 to 20
years ago as Fight Club, Trainspotting, Mulholland Drive,
Eyes Wide Shut, Collateral, Only lovers left alive. In music
videos, I like 80’s and nocturnal atmospheres, Billy Idol has
some amazing music videos, one of them was directed by
David Fincher and it’s called « Cradle of Love ». I also like
the music video of David Bowie « I’m afraid of Americans »
with the musical arrangements of Trent Reznor, I like the
colours, the use of slow motion when he tries to escape the
people in a zombified and fanaticised city with some sense of
-How would you make your last movie/music
video/original music better, if you had that opportunity?
I would like to have more time sometimes, more days of
shooting (as a lot of filmmakers !) to diversify the camera
shots and further enrich the content, I use to be limited in time
so I need to be efficient. For my music videos, I hope to
record in my own home studio soon.
-Why did you choose that particular subject for your latest
film? (if it applies to you)
With « La Zingara et Les Jeunes Gens », I wanted to highlight
a kind of disintegration that we know currently in France, and
a form of denial with those people that contribute in this
disintegration and work against their own interests and for
everyone’s fall ! That is a comedy with a bitter background
that question us on how have we got there.
-What do you think is the most important thing to know
when you start a career in filmmaking/music video
creation/ original music creation/ script writing ?
The most important is to know what you want ! You need to
know how you want the project to be.
All the upstream work that you can bring is necessary to
achieve your project at the best, I don’t want to have too much
regrets ! I need to be able to assure the good execution of the
-Can you give us a hint about your upcoming projects ?
I continue to make my music videos for my own music and
soon for others !
Being on the narrative films side, I need some funds to
produce a serie with the fables by Jean de La Fontaine that
will complete the work already made and presented in
festivals currently. So I could shape a real feature with the
others scripts I wrote, or «a film made of sketches » that could
be a serie with short episodes around 10 minutes, before or
after another recurring tv program! The fables by La Fontaine
can be still current and I was glad to share it in your festival.
With Montreal we also have this common french culture!
-Where can we follow you and your projects ? (website,
I work at Les instants magnétiques, my postprod sanctuary!
For the moment the website is in progress and will be
available in the next months. But you can find the page « Les
instants magnétiques » on facebook and also on instagram !