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ASHES, The myth of the heron and the 62 lakes

Over time, nature wilfully and circumstantially adapts to its environment, but when the cyclical clash between evolution and cataclysm occurs, nature’s fight to reclaim its place often leaves scars that endure for many seasons. “Ashes” recounts the tale of a Heron and the 62 Lakes under his watchful eye, of the creation of these watery masses that now encompass the region of Saint-Hippolyte – a tragic tale of self-sacrifice that has become an eternal legend.

  • Les orphelins
  • Graham GS
  • Alexandre Richard
    Executive Producer
  • Charles-Antoine Thériault
  • Charles-Antoine Thériault
  • Graham GS
  • Mariepier Desfossés
    Artistic Director
  • Nathalie Bourdelais
    Script consultant
  • Remi Van Bochove
  • Nika Veilleux
    Hair and make up
  • Miranda Chan
    Choreography and performance
  • Marie Tifo
    Voice Over
  • Sophie Thériault
    Assistant artistic director
  • Francesco Giannini
    1st Assistant director
  • Alec Lemonde
    1st Camera Assistant
  • Jeanne Tual-Krebs
    2nd Camera assistant
  • Franz Benjamin Stapelberg
  • Louka Hogue
    Key Grip
  • Gabriel Pothier
    First drone operator
  • Loic Romer
    Second drone operator
  • Florence Beaudoin
    Production assistants
  • Raphaël Impinna
    Production assistants
  • Charles-Antoine Thériault
  • Réservoir Audio
    Sound Mix and editor
  • François Delfante
    Sound Mix and editor
  • Julien Racine
    Sound Mix and editor
  • Simon Leoza
    Original Score
  • Divison Couleur
    Color Grading
  • Olivier Séguin-Dang
    Color Grading
  • Guillaume Lachapelle
  • Alexandre Richard
  • Kiril Shmidov
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Cendres, La légende du héron et des 62 lacs
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  • Genres:
    Drama, Legend, Dance, Myth
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 20, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
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  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, Arri Alexa Mini
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9 and 4:3
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Director Biography - Charles-Antoine Thériault

If there's one thing you notice when scrolling through Charles-Antoine Thériault's repertoire of projects, it's his strong desire to put the human being first and to let each talent that comes onto his set shine. The human being, in all his complexity, is full of nuances and the young director and screenwriter illustrates this very well in his various projects. The choice of the soundtrack for each of his projects is always made in a judicious way to allow the listener to identify/evolve with the actor(s). The concern for an impeccable aesthetic signature allows the listener an emotional and visual journey unique to the director.

The narrative is at the heart of Charles-Antoine's creative process. His ability to direct actors of all ages is an undeniable asset to each project. His various projects with young actors demonstrate his ability to connect with their talents to deliver great results.

The road to festivals and competitions remains to be discovered, but with the release of his first short film "Cendres, La légende du héron et des 62 lacs", Charles-Antoine hopes to share his vision of the world with anyone who cares to listen.

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Director Statement

By creating this project, I wanted to bring together two completely different ways of telling a story. Oral tradition is the oldest way of telling a story. It is how we learn fairy tales and legends from generation to generation, and has been done as long as humans have been able to communicate. I wrote this text so that it could live and be imagined; only by listening to someone telling it to us.

Non-verbal communication tells a story. By looking at a person's body, the way they move, their posture, and their reactions, we understand their story. The interpretation remains abstract and specific to each person who watches.

There is a certain challenge in wanting to illustrate a story that took place even before humans existed. To visually depict a main character without actually seeing them physically. To visually establish the souls of the elements, without associating them with a gender, race, or type of person.

By crossing the abstract side of dance with the oral sharing of the story, I hope that the audience will be transported into the legend. I want to elevate the legend beyond the first degree of oral storytelling, while also bringing the interpretation of the movements closer to reality.