Nuit Blanche is a short film directed by Arev Manoukian. It caught my eye today over at Motionographer, and although I realize most motion graphics enthusiasts already visit that site on a daily basis, I decided to re:post it here as well.

The film tells a story of a random encounter between two people taking place in yesteryear Paris and presents it in a beautiful, stylized, black and white slow motion form. While most people will recognize this film for its spectacular, yet tasteful, slow motion shots (and rightfully so), I am mostly impressed by the spot-on reproduction of early black and white cinematography. From subtle shimmer of the brightness, through barely noticeable imperfections in crane camera motion to the shutter blur – the illusion is as good as it gets.


The film was, naturally, heavily processed and constructed almost entirely using CGI. Watching the maiking of (below) reveals how little of what we see was actually shot live and proves the compositing skill of spy films.


All in all, Nuit Blanche is a true feast for the eyes proving once again that computer graphics can serve other purposes than just aliens and robots pounding on each other.

Directed by: Arev Manoukian
Produced by: Stephanie Swedlove & Arev Manoukian
VFX by: Marc-Andre Gray
Music by: Samuel Bisson
Starring: Michael Coughlan & Megan Lindley
Cinematographer: Arev Manoukian
Casting: Jeff Marshall
Assistant Director: Andrew Cividino
Production Designer: Arev Manoukian & Marc-Andre Gray
Art Director / Costumes – Dan Levy
Camera Operator: Jay Pavao
Camera Assistant: Max Armstrong
Gaffer: Alan Poon
Editor: Arev Manoukian
Compositor / Animator: Marc-Andre Gray
Effects Supervisors: Marc-Andre Gray & Arev Manoukian
Additional Compositing: Arev Manoukian
Matte Painter: Pat Lau
Colourist: Andre Chlebak