When you watch a making off video, there is an instant connection with the result of the video itself. It’s like knowing someone since puberty, when he is very ugly (we’ve all been ugly) and then he grows up to be a handsome man. It’s knowing the tricks, stripping the process in front of the audience and accepting that, even though there’s no magic, the result can still be amazing. And just that way, amazing in and out, are Vallée and Duhamel‘s videos.
We met Julien Vallée in 2010 when he made his famous sponsor introduction video for the OFFF festival in Paris. This Canadian’s video combined analogic and digital effects and was able to transport us to a world where scenes where so tempting. He hasn’t stopped since. He met Duhamel at university and, due to affinity issues, they founded their own studio. A love story, a good combo by all means. One of their last projects has been “Metamorphose” for Hermés. As the title implies, it’s all about witnessing how Hermés products and other elements change to be something else in an aesthetically mezmerizing world. Their technique mixes stop-motion, video and experience. And illusions and double reading. I might be a bit in love with them, to be fair. Watch the video, watch the making off; there’s no magic, but it is amazing.