Canadian photographer & director, Mathieu Lévesque, presents his first short film Paysages produced by Consulat.
To evoke the mystery and beauty of nature, Mathieu and his team recreated a miniature studio environment where they manipulated organic and synthetic ingredients.
Evolve until Extinction
Paysages is a contemplative and immersive work, a meditation on the fusion of materials that represent the cycle of nature.
Evolve to the point of destruction: a fatalistic cycle repeated by all civilizations. Humans manipulate, alter and change their environment – often unconsciously, with no long-term vision. It is an observation that highlights the inevitability of nature taking over.
Thanks to a variety of techniques and elaborate shots, each frame plunges us directly into these micro universes, giving us the impression of being there.
"I wanted to express the infinitely large through the infinitely small. I sought the grandiose through what we do not necessarily observe, but which we come across every day. This trick of the eye game that erases the material while sustaining its presence, changes its definition and our perception."
— MATHIEU LÉVESQUE, Director
"We imagined a composition that evokes nature so closely that you get lost in it. What would landscapes be without the mystery of their intricacies?
Paysages is for me part of an awareness of the random evolution of life. This project allowed me to take up technical challenges in order to transpose Mathieu's vision to the height of our ambitions. The passion to experiment bound the team and allowed us to dare."
— Renaud Robert, DOP
"Paysages allowed me to reconnect with my ingredients on an intimate and almost visceral level, giving me the opportunity to discover their hidden gems and immense power.
When Mathieu asks you if you want to play around with food, you know it’ll be a wild ride.”
— Leah Léger, Food & Materials Designer
"Paysages is a truly delicate visual piece of work. This was our first collaboration with Mathieu and his team. We were intrigued by the richness and details captured in the various materials and were excited to jump on this collaboration.
We felt we could do a lot to enhance the elements of the film. We tried to match the visual style by producing organic and tangible music and sound design that engulfs its listeners.”
— Clemens Markart & Simon Dolliana , un.studios Sound Design, Austria