• JESSICA LAURENT

    Multi awarded Director and Mentor/Teacher

  • Showreels

    Here is my Director/General Showreel, a compilation of my personal and professional work done and released so far (the rest is under NDA).

  • WORK I DIRECTED OR CO-DIRECTED

    THE GIRLBOOK

    Director and graphical author - 2021

    2D French serie

    Concept and Writing phase

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    adaptation of the next book of Nina BROCHMANN and Ellen STOKKEN DAHL with PARAISO PICTURES and IKKI FILMS producers

    and Pauline OUVRARD at the scenario

     

    -received the CNC fund for concept

    SOEURS (Siblings)

    Director and graphical author - Present

    Personal 2D short movie

    Work in Progress in Development phase

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    -received the CNC fund for rewriting

    -residency at The Open Workshop

    -developed further through ASF

    -pitched at the National Animation France Festival

     

     

     

    VAF 2018

    Director and everything else - Sept 2018

    2D Commercial trailer and whole visual identity for VAF festival 2018

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    VAF aka "Viborg Animation Festival" is the biggest animation festival in Denmark. It took place in Viborg in the last week of September and its mascot is the VAF green dog.
    in 2018, Denmark met France at VAF, the exhibition attached to the festival was named "French Kiss" and it has been the starting point of the trailer I did for this festival, as well as its whole visual identity.

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    LOGLINE :

    Two girls in two countries are not as different as they seem to be.

     

    Click here to see it

     

    Click here to see the teaser

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    Awarded Trailer
    Actually touring in festivals.

     

    VAND (Water)

    Director, Editor, Storyboarder and Animator - May 2015

    2D Commercial for the danish NGO "Bryd Tavsheden"

    "Bryd tavsheden" means"break the silence" in danish

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    In group of 7 at The Animation Workshop (Denmark).

    20 sec 2D animation

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    LOGLINE

    A danish boy has to go through his fears to break the silence of his condition.

    The words at the end mean
    "BREAK THE SILENCE, if you're exposed to child abuse or violence in your couple", and "click and get help".

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    Click here to see it

     

    Click here to see the making of

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    Awarded commercial
    Actually touring in festivals.

     

    THE TALL TAIL TALE

    Co-Director, Story Director, Animation Lead and Animator - May 2014

    2D Short Film

    1 min 2D animation targeting to children audience.

    in group of 6 at The Animation Workshop (Denmark).

     

    Click here to see it

     

    Click here to see the making of

     

    MY BABY SITTER IS A VAMPIRE

    Co-Director, Storyboarder, Animator, Dialogues and Character design - Feb 2013

    3D Short Film

    for the Canal J 2013 contest : "My best friend is a vampire".

    In group of 4 at Estienne (France).

    Click here to see it

    EN SUSPENS (Suspense)

    Director and everything else - June 2013

    Personal 3D Short Film

    for my 2013 diploma at Estienne (France).

    LOGLINE

    In a bath a young woman wishes to die but her spirit shows her that the life inside her is stronger that her death desire.

    Click here to see it

     

    THE WINDOW

    Co-Director? Set Builder, Painter, Character Designer, Storyboarder, Editor, Animator, Camerawoman, Voice Actress - Feb 2012

    Stop Motion Short Film

    1 min animations for the Tim Burton 2012 contest.

    Done in one month with my Estienne classmates (France)..

    Click here to see it

    ESTIENNE JINGLE

    Co-Director, Storyboarder, Animator - Sept 2012

    3D jingle commercial

    for Estienne school

    In group of 3 at Estienne (France). made in 2 weeks.

    Presentation of the 3D Estienne diploma degree.

    Click here to see it

     

    THE ESCAPE

    Co-Director, Storyboarder, Camerawoman, Actress, Co-Editor - Sept 2011

    Live Action Short Film

    In group of 4 for filming, and 2 for Editing at Estienne (France).

    Made in 1 week.

     

    LOGLINE

    A young man is trying to escape from mysterious people with a white mask.

    Click here to see it

  • WHO I AM ?

    I’m an independant multi awarded Filmmaker and Mentor/Teacher represented by Marion SUAREZ from the parisian agency LISEARIF. Constantly trying to push my skills, I am fascinated by rhythm and the way things are connected. In that sense story is a big chunk of my director work and I strive in a team of talented artist able to carry our vision higher than us. Through my work I want to show a new perspective of our ordinary life, something more intimate and sensory.


    I work with :
    Directing, Shadowing
    Ideas and Story/Project development, Scriptwriting,
    Editing, Acting, Character Design and Storyboarding

    Playtesting board games/video games

    Mentoring/Teaching


    I am currently developing a personal 2D short movie called "SOEURS" (Siblings in English) in France but I am open to any experience related to filmmaking, board games, performances, animation or story in general.

     

    Contact me or my agent Marion SUAREZ (mail: marion@lisearif.com) to get in touch!

     

     

     

     

  • CV

  • Professional Experiences in Detail

    "The Animation Workshop" Bachelors

    Mentor and Teacher February 2021

    Teacher of Storyboard and Story basics for the students of the "Character Animation" and the "Computer Graphics" bachelors of the Animation Workshop.

    Viborg (Denmark)

    "TDA Portfolio" course

    Mentor and Teacher January and March 2022

    Mentor and Teacher of Storyboard, Drama/Acting, Movement, Character Design and Life Drawing for The Drawing Academy portfolio course. Viborg (Denmark)

    "Siege at Larmstrang Long" D&D Gamebook

    Playtester January 2022

    Beta Reader and Playtester on " Siege at Larmstrang Long", a Dungeon and Dragons 5th edition solitaire gamebook by Wraith Wright’s Productions. It is the 3rd gamebook in the serie “SOLO EPA” (which I also playtested the two first part in May and December 2020).

    IKKI Films and PARAISO Pictures

    Serie Director and Graphical Author 

    July-November 2021

    -Concept and writing phase

    on the TV serie "Girlbook"

    produced by PARAISO Pictures and IKKI Films,

    with the scenarist Pauline OUVRARD.

    +Supported by the CNC Concept fund (awarded in 2021)

    Paris (France)

    "Storyboard Professional" Course

    Teacher of Cinematography September 2021

    Teacher of Cinematography history for the professional students of the Storyboard Pro Course of the Animation Workshop.

    Viborg (Denmark)

    "TDA Portfolio" course

    Mentor and Teacher January-March 2021

    Mentor and Teacher of Storyboard, Drama/Acting, Movement, Animation basics (freestyle) and Character Design for The Drawing Academy portfolio and classical course. Viborg (Denmark)

    "Uncertain Life" D&D Gamebook

    Playtester March 2021

    Playtester on "Uncertain Life", a Dungeon and Dragons 5th edition solitaire gamebook by David Bond. It is the 1rst gamebook in the serie.

    "Oracle" D&D Gamebook

    Playtester February 2021

    Playtester on " Oracle ", a Dungeon and Dragons 5th edition solitaire gamebook by Dicey Choices RPG publisher. It is the 1rst gamebook in the serie “Beyond the Horizon” set in the mythic world of Theros.

    "Blood Hunter adventure" D&D Gamebook

    Playtester February 2021

    Playtester on " The Blood Hunter Adventure", a solitaire conversion by Wraith Wright’s Productions of the Dungeon and Dragons 5th adventure designed by Anthony Joyce. The adventure is based on the “Blood Hunter” class designed by Matthew Mercer.

    "Fang Island " D&D Gamebook and “Solitaire” class for D&D

    Playtester January 2021

    Playtester on "Fang Island", a Dungeon and Dragons 5th edition solitaire gamebook by Blaise Wigglesworth as well as his “Solitaire” class, written especially for solo players. “Fang Island” is the 4rth gamebook in the serie “Shipwrecked”.

    “The Dawn saber” D&D Gamebook

    Playtester December 2020

    Beta Reader and Playtester on " Fight for the dawn saber ", a Dungeon and Dragons 5th edition solitaire gamebook by Wraith Wright’s Productions. It is the 2nd gamebook in the serie “SOLO EPA” (which I also playtested the part 01 “Eight Petals Argent” in May 2020).

    "Storyboard Professional" Course

    Teacher of Cinematography September 2020

    Teacher of Cinematography history for the professional students of the Storyboard Pro Course of the Animation Workshop.

    Viborg (Denmark)

    "Linoleum Film Festival"

    Judge and Mentor August 2020

    for Ukrainian projects (short films, features films and series) in development or production.

    Kiev (Ukraine)

    "Frozen Offerings" D&D Gamebook

    Playtester August 2020

    Playtester on " Frozen Offerings ", a Dungeon and Dragons 5th edition solitaire gamebook by Paul Bimler.

    “Eight petals argent” D&D Gamebook

    Playtester May 2020

    Beta Reader and Playtester on "Eight Petals Argent", a Dungeon and Dragons 5th edition solitaire gamebook by Wraith Wright’s Productions. It is the 1rst gamebook in the serie “SOLO EPA” (which I also playtested the part 02 “Fight for the Dawn Saber” in December 2020).

    "Drums at Daggerford" D&D Gamebook

    Playtester April 2020

    Playtester on "Drums at Daggerford", a Dungeon and Dragons 5th edition solitaire gamebook by Paul Bimler. It is the fifth adventure in a continual serie set in the Forgotten Realms.

    "DNGN" board game

    Playtester January 2020

    Playtester on "DNGN", a solitaire euro-inspired dungeon crawler with a minimalist style and a branching campaign, by Barry Skinner.

     

    "The Drifter" board game

    Playtester December 2019

    Playtester on the "The Drifter" (version 1.1), wild west solitaire adventure board game by Ken Kennedy.

     

    "Cartoon Saloon" and "Lighthouse Studio"

    Mentor and Teacher October-December 2019

    "Project Development and Pitching" workshops given to Cartoon Saloon and Lighthouse Studio employees.

    Kilkenny (Ireland)

    "TDA Portfolio" course

    Mentor and Teacher January-February 2019

    Mentor and Teacher of Storyboard, Drama/Acting, Movement and Character Design for The Drawing Academy portfolio course 2019.

    Viborg (Denmark)

    "Storyboard Professional" Course

    Teacher of cinematography September 2018

    Teacher of Cinematography history for the professional students of the Storyboard Pro Course of the Animation Workshop.

    Viborg (Denmark)

    "Nippon Nordic" residency

    Mentor and Teacher September 2018

    Mentor and Teacher of Pitching and Acting for the Nippon Nordic universe accelerator 2018.

    Viborg (Denmark)

    "Viborg Animation Festival"

    Director and visual artist May-September 2018

    Director of the trailer of the Viborg Animation Festival 2018 and artist responsible of the VAF visual identity of 2018 for VAF 2018.

    Viborg (Denmark)

    "TDA portfolio" course

    Mentor and teacher January-March 2018

    Mentor and Teacher of Storytelling, Storyboard, Life Drawing and Drama/Acting for the students of TDA portfolio class.

     

    "The Open Workshop" residency

    Director March 2017 - Mars 2018

    "Siblings" short movie, development phase
    Viborg, Denmark

    "OW", "TDA" and "Visual HF"

    Mentor and teacher October 2018

    Teacher of Storyboard and Drama/Acting for Open Workshop, The Drawing Academy classical course and Visuel HF.

    Viborg (Denmark)

    "Prodigal Pictures"

    Story Consultant November 2017-January 2018

    Story consultant on the short film “The Prodigal” Directed by Tod Polson at Prodigal Pictures.

    "The Animation Workshop"

    Teacher February 2017

    of Drama, Acting and Movement for the students of the Drawing Academy (TDA), part of the Animation Workshop,

    Viborg, Denmark

    "Cartoon Saloon"

    Shadowing, Story and Concept Artist, Storyboarder,

    and Assistant Animator Intern

    October 2016 – January 2017

    On the development of the 2D feature film "Wolfwalkers" directed by Tomm Moore,

    on the production of the 2D feature film "Breadwinner" directed by Nora Twomey,
    on the Pre-Production of the short film

    "Late Afternoon" directed by Louise Bagnall

    and on other secret projects.

    Kilkenny (Irlande)

    "Praça Filmes"

    Character Designer September 2016

    On the development of the 2D feature film "Nayola" directed by José Miguel Ribeiro.

    Montemor O Novo (Portugal)

    "Stellar" music video Bachelor

    Editor, Storyboarder, Character Designer, Animation Lead and 2D/3D Animator​ August 2015 – June 2016

    On the music bachelor video “Stellar” at the Animation Workshop.
    The movie is released in February 2017.

    Viborg (Denmark)

    "Nachthexen", "Dark Dark Wood" and "Whale Heart" short films

    Extra 2D/3D Animator April – May 2016

    Extra 2D Animator on "Nachthexen" short movie bachelor (top left picture)

    Extra 2D Animator on "Dark Dark Wood" short movie bachelor (down left picture)

    Extra 3D Animator on "Whale Heart" short movie bachelor (right picture)

    at the Animation Workshop.

    All movie are released on February 2017.

    Viborg (Denmark)

    "Bryd Tavsheden" NGO

    Director, Editor, Storyboarder and Animator May 2015

    on "Vand", 20 sec 2D animation for the NGO Danish association "Bryd tavsheden" ("break the silence" in danish) at The Animation Workshop.

    The words at the end mean "BREAK THE SILENCE, if you're exposed to child abuse or violence in your couple", and "click and get help".

    Viborg (Denmark)

     

    "The Animation Workshop"

    Consultant and Teacher oct 2015 – March 2016

    On the topics of "Drama, Acting" and "Movement"
    for The Drawing Academy and Visuel HF students

    at The Animation Workshop.

    Viborg (Denmark)

    "Wolfox"

    Freelance Designer, Illustrator and Animator

    Jan 2015 – August 2016

    Freelance Designer, Illustrator and 2D Animator.

    Paris (France)

    "The Animation Workshop"

    French Boxing Instructor Sep 2014 – 2018

    French Boxing Instructor for extra curriculum activities at The Animation Workshop.

    Viborg (Denmark)

    "Canal J Channel"

    Co director, Storyboarder, Animator, Dialogues and character designs feb 2013

    On "My Baby Sitter is a Vampire", a 1 min 3D animation,

    for the Canal J 2013 contest "My best friend is a vampire".

    Done at Estienne college.

    Paris (France)

    "Dibulitoon"

    Character Designer and 3D Animator Intern

    June-July 2012

    Character Designer and 3D Animator Intern on pre-production projects.

    Irun (Spain)

    "La Cinémathèque française"

    Co Director, Set Builder, Painter, Character Designer, Animator,

    Storyboarder, Camerawoman, Editor and Actress February 2012

    On "The windows", 4 shorts of 1 min animation for the Tim Burton 2012 contest.

    Done at Estienne college.

    Paris (France)

    "Arcade"

    Guide and Scenography assistance July 2011

    For the castle exhibition "Design for vintage wines" by Arcade.

    Sainte Colombes en Auxois (France)

    "Studio Hari"

    Intern (Discovery process) June 2009

    on the TV serie "Leon".

    Paris (France)

  • Education

     

    ASF (Animation Without Borders)

    European Animation Development Lab 2017-2018

    4 times 2 weeks in 4 animation school accross Europe to developp Directors, Producers, Screen Writers and Technical Directors in the animation industry.

    at the Filmakademie in Ludwisgburg (Germany),

    at MOME in Budapest (Hungary)

    at The Animation Workshop in Viborg (Denmark)

    and at Gobelins in Paris (France)

    The Animation Workshop

    Bachelor of Arts (BA) Character Animation

    2013-Jan 2017

    In 2017 I graduated from the "Character Animation" bachelor in Viborg (Denmark).
    In first year we focused on 2D animation, in 2nd year on 3D animation and in 3rd year we work on a team project during the whole year.

    In this last year I was the Editor, Character Designer, Storyboarder and Lead Animator on the mix media music video "Stellar". At the end of these three years I did two internships to validate my diploma, in Filmes da Praca (Portugal) and in Cartoon Saloon (Ireland).

    Estienne

    Degree course in Arts and Crafts : 3D Animation (DMA) 2011-2013

    2 years of discovering filmmaking from a 3D animation point of view.
    The diploma ends with the making of a short movie alone in 3D. Mine was "En Suspens" ("In Suspense" in English)

    Paris (France)

    Estienne

    Fine Art Preparation Class 2010-2011

    A year of preparation in art (Design, Illustration, Engraving, Fashion Design, Communication ect.)

    Paris (France)

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