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Logical Pictures dans le Film Français – Février 2017


EFM 2017 – Logical Pictures closes €20M finance round

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EXCLUSIVE: Company’s financing slate features new films by Simon Saulnier, Eric Charrière and Coralie Fargeat.

French film company Logical Pictures has closed a €20m finance round pulling together investment for 30 feature productions over the next four years.

“Our aim is to gap finance around 20 movies initiated by third party producers and another 10 in-house productions, putting in around 20% of the budget,” explained company co-founder and president Frédéric Fiore.

He is at this week’s European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin networking and scouting for projects, alongside fellow co-founder and VP development Alexis Perrin.

“We’re talking to European producers and sales agents but we’re keen to meet US agents working on independent films in the $1m-$2m budget range,” said Perrin. 

The company’s focus is on elevated sci-fi, fantasy or thriller genre productions with a strong visual dimension and international potential, involving up and coming talent.

“We’d like to become a production and financing hub for these sorts of productions,” added Perrin.

In-house projects

The company already has half a dozen upcoming productions on its slate.

Projects developed in-house include psychological escape thriller Capture about a young war photographer who is kidnapped by bandits while on assignment in the Middle East and held in a cave. It is due to shoot this summer. 

It is the debut thriller of French director Simon Saulnier who was signed in January by LA agency UTA on the back of his post-apocalyptic sci-fi short film La Lisière (The Edge). 

It is also lead producing Eric Cherrière’s Medieval action drama No Gods No Masters.

Palestinian actor Saleh Bakri recently signed to play the lead role of a mysterious Arab stranger who comes to the rescue of an oppressed village in southwest France, challenging a cruel and powerful local lord, who once led crusader campaigns in the Holy Land. 

It is Cherrière’s second feature after his debut 2014 debut film Cruel, which was about a serial killer, and was presented at Cannes co-financing market L’Atélier last year. It will shoot in the Lot region in southwestern France this autumn. 

Other previously announced projects include futuristic work Ickerman and Winter’s End, about four orphans who discover they are the children of resistance fighters in a near future world, which are scheduled to go into production in 2018.

Third party projects

Third party projects on its slate include Coralie Fargeat’s thriller Revenge and Pascal Laugier’s horror thriller Incident In A Ghost Land, in which it invested $1m.

“We can come in at any stage although up until now it’s been towards the end of financing just ahead of the shoot,” says Fiore.

In the case of Revenge, which is currently shooting, Logical came on board on the eve of the shoot after being approached by lead producers Marc-Etienne Schwartz and Marc Stanimirovic.

Starring Italian actress Matilda Lutz as woman who goes after three men who left her for dead in the desert, Revenge is one of the first pick-ups of new French sales company Charades, launched on the eve of the EFM by Carole Baraton, Yohann Comte and Pierre Mazars.

“Marc-Etienne and Marc approached us a while ago but the gap was too big but they came back with a smaller gap and the sellers packaging and we decided to get involved, closing the deal in less than a week on the eve of the shoot. Their experience as producers and the presence of Charades was a big factor in our decision to come on board,” says Fiore. 

Logical Pictures launched during Cannes last year. Alongside Fiore and Perrin, other members of the founding team include marketing chief Yannick Bossenmeyer, producer Eric Tavitian and former Studiocanal business analyst Tim Belda who heads up legal and finance affairs.

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Blood Machines by Screen Anarchy – Successful Kickstarter Campaign

BLOOD MACHINES by Seth Ickerman raised 185 000€ in 35 days at the end of 2016/beginning 2017. Check it out on Kickstarter or on their own website:

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The BLOOD MACHINES: TURBO KILLER 2 Kickstarter Gets Even Sexier

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“The guys who run the Kickstarter campaign for Blood Machines: Turbo Killer 2 are not fooling around: with more than double the target amount netted and less than 24 hours remaining on the counter, they still introduce new rewards!

One of those new extras is a bigger version of the hardcover artbook which was one of the rewards already, with plenty more pages added. So Carpenter Brut and Seth Ickerman are targeting my weak spots now, are they? Don’t tell me action figures and an even sexier poster are next… oh wait, they are.

Blood Machines is a follow-up slash sequel slash embellishment to the magnificent Turbo Killer videoclip released last year, and in it, a couple of space bounty hunters pursue what seems to be the ghost of a young woman.”

Poster Final

Logical Pictures debuts in Cannes with Ickerman and Winter’s End

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EXCLUSIVE: Mini studio will back mid-budget projects from young European directors.

French producer Alexis Perrin and entrepreneur Frederic Fiore have joined forces to create mini studio Logical Pictures, aimed at English-speaking elevated genre pictures, budgeted at between $900,000 and $13.2m (€0-€15m) by young, up and coming European directors.

The company makes its Cannes debut with five new projects led by futuristic Ickerman, described by Perrin as “Bullitt meets Blade Runner”, and Winter’s End, about four orphans who discover they are the children of resistance fighters in a near future world run by The Phalanx.

The latter title is the debut feature of award-winning French music video directorial duo Fleur & Manu and stars actors Dean-Charles Chapman and Brian Vernel, who was one of Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow in 2015.

“The idea is to invest in elevated art-house genre pictures with crossover potential in the vein of Let The Right One InGreen Room or The Lobster,” said Fiore.

The serial entrepreneur Fiore — who other interests include the pan-European childcare specialist Babilou and Lyon-based Capitem investment fund aimed at small and medium-sized investments, is currently in the process of pulling together a $17.6m (€20m) capital fund for the company.

“We’ve already secured 30% and are launching the roadshow now,” said Fiore. “The idea is to gap finance about 15% of any movie. We have two focuses, firstly to develop features and TV series in-house and also gap finance third party projects at a later stage.”

Perrin worked at French special effects company BUF before setting up his own production company Rumble Fish in 2014, producing Jean-Luc Herbulot’s Paris-set thriller Dealer and also masterminding a 70-territory digital roll-out for the film on supports including iTunes, Google and Amazon.

“Many of the projects were developed first at Rumble Fish. I received a lot of projects after Dealer from young directors who wanted to make a genre film, while Winter’s End with Ran Entertainment,” said Perrin. “When we decided to work together we decided that this bridge between genre and arthouse would work best. We were looking at the Jason Blum model without the horror.”

Fiore said Logical Pictures would have two focuses, to develop features and TV series in-house and also gap finance third party projects at a later stage, coming from the US, UK and Europe, bringing in €500,000 or €1m to bridge a gap. 

“The idea is to be as industrial as possible and to make five to seven projects a year so at the beginning it will be gap financing projects and gradually financing inhouse projects. We want to mutualise five to seven projects a year,” he said. 

“That’s very unique in the landscape, especially in France, and especially for elevated genre, where the focus has traditionally been on family comedies, even though there are lots of new directors who want to move into genre. They know that is the kind of movie the audiences want. 

Perrin says there is already strong interest in both Ickerman and Winter’s End.  A proof of concept trailer for futuristic sci-fi drama Ickerman was viewed more than a million times online. 

“The idea with Ickerman is to make it in a city like Dubai. It is set in a world in which everything is automatic and virtual but the hero is a sort of Don Quixote with a love of old cars,” said Perrin.

In one of its first investments, Logical Pictures helped fund a $900,000 (€1m) 10-minute pilot trailer for Winter’s End shot in Bulgaria which has also been drumming strong interest.

“It’s a new model for financing the feature. It shows that the directors are capable of cast, to direct in English and create an amazing world, which is sort of an auteur Hunger Games,” said Perrin.


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Logical Pictures dans Le Film Français

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