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Two books in a slipcase. Highly Recommended. Los Angeles is Sylvain Despretz’s art book. 400 pages, 250 color and black & white illustrations and 100 pages of storyboards. This deluxe package comes in a slipcase with a second book, Midnight Show, an 88-page softcover with illustrations, some of a more adult theme, that would not fit into the main book. French artist Sylvain Despretz has lived in LA for 20 years, working behind the scenes and next to the mightiest of the mighty, bringing to life the visions of Ridley Scott, David Fincher, Andrei Konchalovsky, Mike Newell, Tim Burton and Stanley Kubrick with storyboards, concept art, paintings and illustration. Editions Caurette, 2020.

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Los Angeles is Sylvain Despretz’s art book. 400 pages, 250 color and black & white illustrations and 100 pages of storyboards. This deluxe package comes in a slipcase with a second book, Midnight Show, an 88-page softcover with illustrations, some of a more adult theme, that would not fit into the main book. French artist Sylvain Despretz has lived in LA for 20 years, working behind the scenes and next to the mightiest of the mighty, bringing to life the visions of Ridley Scott, David Fincher, Andrei Konchalovsky, Mike Newell, Tim Burton and Stanley Kubrick with storyboards, concept art, paintings and illustration.

His palette of talents has been deployed to bring emblematic (The Fifth Element, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, Eyes Wide Shut) and other lesser known works to fruition.

Throughout the pages the author reveals his calling — that of an artist and craftsman putting his talent to work for the dream machine that is Hollywood. Peppered with anecdotes, observations and musings on the past two decades, this book is a unique must-have for all those who are interested in cinema and art in general. You see influences of his mentor Moebius here, and lots of amazing fantasy and sci-fi characters and worlds.

Despretz is an independent writer-director who has worked extensively in the USA and in Europe in the fields of storyboarding and illustration. His mentor in the early part of his career was none other than the late Jean “Moebius” Giraud, the world-renowned artist.

Sylvain took his first steps as an art director in New York at the advertising agency BBDO where, over a number of years, he worked on TV spots for clients like Pepsi, Gillette and General Electric. When he moved to Hollywood, he created storyboards for director David Fincher for Madonna’s Like a Prayer music video, and worked alongside pop star Michael Jackson on video concepts for his Dangerous album. Throughout the 1990s Sylvain also worked for director Ridley Scott and, over two decades, contributed to the development of numerous feature film projects and TV spots.

His name has been associated with several successful, high-profile films, notably The Planet of the Apes, Harry Potter, The Fountain and Alien Resurrection.

He is also the creator of several music videos, for Jack Lancaster (Song of the Whales — sung by Phil Collins) and MJ12 (Call 911). He’s written two feature film scripts one of which, Soul Man, has been optioned for development by Paramount Pictures. He is currently producing a film about the British jazz-fusion band Brand X, entitled Brand X: The Desert Years.

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