Jean Claude Thibaut
French filmmaker, photographer, and producer, Jean Claude Thibaut likens his work to that of a watchmaker, every detail counts, and subtlety isn’t done to be noticed. Artist and Artisan, he is impassioned by the creative process. Born in southeast France, Thibaut began making short Super-8 films while still in his pre-teens. His work, largely for high-end fashion clients, combines lush visuals with a studied elegance.
His short 1994 film Lethal Wings, featuring an early score by Alexandre Desplat, played at over 70 international film festivals, winning the Audience Award at the Beauvais Festival and receiving the Philip Morris award for best film in its class. In 2001 Thibaut directed his first ad for Armani’s L’Oréal division on the strength of his second short, South. TV spots and branded content for high end fashion clients quickly followed, including work for Hermes, Estée Lauder, Lanvin, Rick Owens, Salvatore Ferragamo and Dior.
In 2008, he formed the Paris-based production company Advancedroom, where he produced a series of short films for Armani Jeans, The Tip, starring Megan Fox, and Housekeeping, with soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo. The films received over 5-million views in their first week. Through Advancedroom, he also produced the 2012 feature film from director Michael Polish, For Lovers Only, starring Stana Katic.
Most recently, Thibaut wrote and directed a series for Louis Vuitton – When L.A. is a Man and When Hong Kong is a Woman – that used gender as a lens through which to interpret these legendary cities. The films dovetailed into the Peninsula Moments campaign for Peninsula Hotels – shot in Los Angeles, Tokyo, New York, and Hong Kong. That campaign received the 2012 Bronze Excellence Award in Branded Content.