Four days of debates, experience and reflection, away from the Market site at the Chambre de métiers, to explore the logic of animated film-making through an artistic project. June 12th focused on the European feature.
With Oggy and the Cockroaches, the Movie, presented as a sneak peek this year, your studio Xilam has gone from the production of a TV series of 7 mins to a feature film. How has that changed things for you?
The first episode was shown in the USA in 1998. The crews were well accustomed to the characters and working together, which allowed us to make the film in 18 months for 4 million euros. It wasn't the workforce that changed, but the ambition and the energy we put into everything, which in turn stimulated the crews.
Did you work differently on Lucky Luke, Xilam's first feature in 2007?
At that time, we subcontracted part of the production. Today, Xilam's logic of vertical integration, with a studio in Paris and another in Vietnam, allows us to achieve high technical and artistic standards at a lower cost.
Oggy and the Cockroaches, the Movie is set for theatre release in France on 7th August. What about elsewhere?
The film has been pre-sold to fifteen countries.