In 1980, Fabrice PAPILLON was 7 years old. In the family garage, while the radio was still controlled by the state, the little boy innovated by building himself a transmitter.
The same year, a few kilometers away, Pierre GRILLOT, a teenager passionate about photography, was plunged in the dark of a rudimentary lab in the family basement, dreaming of a day when digital technology would simplify the light.
On the other side of the world, Dove BELHASSEN borrowed a saucepan from his mother and aimed it at the sky to capture images of the planet, thus inventing the very first parabola.
Lastly, Valérie ROSSELLINI, more interested in philosophy than technology, was dreaming about new worlds, in which school would be fairer, access to culture more universal, generations more interconnected. In short, new societies that progress would help to grow.
Over the years, the four of them inevitably became pioneers in their field : Pierre GRILLOT and Dove BELHASSEN were successful in image and video editing, always aware of the most effective new technologies in their fields.
Fabrice PAPILLON became a respected science journalist (Europe 1, France Télévisions), always on the cutting edge of innovative subjects. He was the first French person to write a book about cloning, just a few months after the birth of Dolly the sheep in 1996, because he was convinced that cloning would become a big issue in the future. Epigenetics, decoding of DNA, stem cells, etc. were central areas of his work as a journalist and author (of a dozen popular science books) at a time when few concerned themselves with these subjects.
Valérie ROSSELLINI joined the team that would profoundly reform the school « Sciences Po ». She helped to transform this old French school into a competitive university on the international level. « Sciences Po » became a pioneer in educational debates.
These four innovators couldn’t help but meet and like each other. They had a common dream: to make television in a different way. In 2005, they created Scientifilms. The company became a part of « Paris Biotech Santé », a group of innovative businesses. Top experts in all fields of science have collaborated on the project since the beginning (notably, the geneticist Axel Kahn, head of Scientifilms’ sponsoring committee). Since then, the team has been completed by:
- Hélène ROCHEREUIL, administrative manager
- Carole FERNANDEZ, executive producer
- Jocelyne SARIAN, head of corporate films
- Antony NOYELLE, postproduction manager
Scientifilms also works with numerous film directors and talented technicians. They are all passionate about popular science and want to bring science, technology and citizens together.
Scientifilms is carried by the desire to show that science is a part of human culture, whether with exact science or human science topics. The documentaries produced since 2006 raise issues that have barely been covered, but which concern all of us (synthetic biology, dark matter, new viruses, new visions of territory, etc.), treating them with both accuracy and accessibility.
* Scientifilms also produces shorter movies (essentially for broadcast on the web) for numerous science and technology institutions (Inserm, Fondation Total, Fondation Bettencourt Schueller, CNRS Images, Ifremer, etc.), allowing Scientifilms to maintain close connections with the world of innovation.