I hope that you all had a great start to the year. I am happy to say it has been the case for us. Specially as we spent it working on the graphic novel!
This project started as an idea for a birthday present for my father …
I simply wanted to pay hommage to his own father in an original way. I never knew my paternal grandfather. He died before I was born, his body worn out by nearly 20 years of constant warfare. He was a professional soldier. An officer like my father.
My father is now 82 and what started as a little creative project has turned into a full on expedition into the world of the graphic novel.
I’m really excited about this project as I believe we have created a totally new and original way of telling a story which has been told in all shapes and forms for 100 years. We play upon the metaphor of the “little soldier”, using photography to portray a period during which this medium came of age.
Obviously I can’t do this on my own…
I am very fortunate to be able to work with 2 extremely talented women.
So today’s Newsletter is about presenting the creative team behind the project.
Pierre-Jacques Ober, author/director/ model maker
Born in an old military family, Pierre-Jacques Ober broke with family traditions by preferring philosophy to war. After he obtained a degree in Philosophy at Paris Sorbonne, he then went to Germany to work as an assembly line metalworker before finding himself an active element of the Parisian underground music scene at the beginning of the 80s.
During the 80s, he combined architecture studies and music production while working in fashion and advertising for leading companies such as Premiere Heure and Gedeon. He finished the 80s in a creative duo with a New-York fashion photographer, co-directing commercials, short films and music videos.
In 1990, he met and married an Australian photographer and moved to Australia where life and work became documentary
In the last 20 years, he has thrown himself into numerous adventures as an independent filmmaker. From the underbelly of Sydney with a gang of outlaws bikers to the Australian central deserts with the painters of the Pintupi tribe. From rough riding with cossacks in Russia to racing wild camels in the Simpson desert.
In between adventures, he has kept working extensively with France. Producing commercials in Australia for Kenzo Perfume, directing documentaries for Universal Music Paris, setting-up French-Australian co-productions for feature films, producing and directing road-movies for networks such as ARTE, France Television or ABC TV.
All Blood Runs Red is his first foray into the world of graphic novel.
Jules Ober, photographer, imagemaker
Born in Sydney, educated at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Jules Ober is a photographer who has developed a highly trained eye for images working between Australia and Europe across platforms as diverse as fine art printmaking, fashion, film and multimedia.
As a documentary photographer her photographs have been published in magazines such as Vogue (Australia), Elle ( Russia ), L’Express ( France ), Digital Photography (Australia), Gastro ( Denmark ) Liberation ( France ), Voyeur (Virgin Airlines).
In her personal work she combines the profound awareness and awe of nature imprinted on her as an Australian, with her passion for design and printmaking developed during years of living and working in Europe. Her abstract landscapes have been exhibited in Paris as well as in Sydney and have found an application in the domain of design and architecture. This has led to her being commissioned by interior architects to create large installations for boutique hotels such as the exclusive Lizard Island Resort and to an on-going partnership with Hahnemeule Fine Art papers.
Jules continues to explore all the possibilities offered by our digital age. She is called upon as a director of photography, multi media producer and web designer.
All Blood Runs Red is her first foray into the world of graphic novel.
Felicity Coonan, art director, designer
Felicity Coonan can be found playing in the intersection of feature film, publishing and design.
Felicity has worked creatively in the visual effects and animated film industry since its inception in Australia. Early experience was gained in the UK and Europe, before returning to Australia where she was a foundation member of Animal Logic.
Felicity is recognised for her visual style and art directing skills along with her depth of understanding of the animated and visual effects filmmaking process, on which she has lectured extensively.
Recent film projects include Happy Feet 2, where she worked on both the marketing campaign and as one of the production Art Directors. Prior to this Felicity worked with Zack Snyder as Associate Art Director for Legend of the Guardians : The Owls of Ga’Hoole, also designing and directing the fully animated 3D credit / title sequence. Felicity conceived and designed the Art of Legend of the Guardians hard book.
She loves 3D stereo imagery and all things appy. She is currently working on books, graphic novels, apps, web sites and other forms of storytelling design.
In 2013 Felicity curated ‘Acknowledged, Sydney’s Homeless’ a book of portrait photography and exhibition at the NSW State Library.