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Blockbuster le film

Posted by Fabrice Gilbert in Movies

Directed by July Hygreck
Produced by Madeleine films
Photography by Antoine Roch
Line Producer Fabrice Gilbert
On Nexflix January 24th 2018

Défense d’afficher. #Blockbuster, un film original Netflix, le 24 janvier.

Une publication partagée par Netflix France et Belgique (@netflixfr) le

12 Jan 2018 no comments / READ MORE

Biotherm- Skin Oxygen

Posted by Fabrice Gilbert in Advertising
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Posted by Fabrice Gilbert in Movies

Actuellement en tournage à Sete dans le sud de la France du 11 septembre au 13 octobre 2017.

Une jeunesse sauvage est réalisé par Frederic Carpentier et produit par Madeleine Films.

Image: Romain le Bonniec

Son: Frederic Osinski

Direction de Production: Fabrice Gilbert

19 Sep 2017 no comments / READ MORE

CESAR 2018

Posted by Fabrice Gilbert in Advertising, Movies, Non classé

Debout Kinshasa est en sélection pour le Cesar 2018 du meilleur court métrage. C’est une fierté pour toute l’équipe et pour moi d’avoir partagé l’aventure de Sebastien Maitre et d’avoir pu tourner ce magnifique film en République Démocratique du Congo.

Bravo à toute l’équipe. Rendez vous en 2018 lors de la cérémonie des Cesar.

19 Sep 2017 no comments / READ MORE

CYU The movie

Posted by Fabrice Gilbert in Movies

I’m very happy and proud to finally show you CYU directed by Alexandre Jamin, entirely filmed in Riviera Maya last years.  I’ve been in charge of Executive Production.

Julien BORDE

Anne Sophie BORDE

Juan Manuel Perez Silva

Réalisation & Photographie : Alexandre JAMIN

Musique originale : Sébastien Renault

Production Exécutive & Assistant mise en Scène : Fabrice GILBERT

Assistant : Arturo FONS

Electricité et Camera : Alex Z. REYNAUD et Jamin MATA

Chef Operateur Son : Martin de TORCY

Maquillage et Création FX : Briza MATUS

Montage Image : Tao Delport

Montage Son : César Mamoudy

Mixage : César Mamoudy

FX : Hugo Aymerich

Color Grading : Mathieu  Toulet

31 Mai 2017 no comments / READ MORE

Cosmetic shooting in Tulum

Posted by Fabrice Gilbert in Advertising, Movies, Scouting

A 1 day video shooting with Alexa mini, Drone and Underwater camera in beautiful Tulum for a french cosmetic brand.

We proposed a open Laguna for the larges view and a intimiste small private Cenote for the closed one.

All the production have been design to be able to move quickly from a location to another without undermining the technique and confort and preserving the work of the data managers.

the Model confort have been one of our primary concern as ever with our favorite local french make up artist Sarah and Lidia as an assistant.


16 Mar 2017 no comments / READ MORE

« BLOCKBUSTER » dans Le Film Français

Posted by Fabrice Gilbert in Advertising, Movies

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27 Mai 2016 no comments / READ MORE

« CYU » Directed by Alex Jamin

Posted by Fabrice Gilbert in Movies

CYU is a short film shooted in Yucatan, Mexico in January 2016.

With Julien Borde and Anne Sophie Borde
Direction and Photography: Alexandre Jamin
Executive Production and Assistant Director: Fabrice Gilbert
Make up: Briza Matus
Sound Design: Martin de Torcy
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« DEBOUT KINSHASA » Directed by Sebastien Maitre

Posted by Fabrice Gilbert in Movies
Pas de souliers vernis, pas d’école. Samuel 10 ans va découvrir dans Kin la belle le royaume de la débrouille et de l’embrouille. Article 15 Papa !
Avec Bryan Mbuangi Maloji
Ecrit et Réalisé par Sébastien MAITRE
Produit par Laura TOWNSEND et Sébastien MAITRE
Directeur de Production: Fabrice GILBERT
Directeur de la Photographie: Remi MAZET
Chef Décorateur: Stephane SARTORIUS
Tourné à Kinshasa, Republique Democratique du Congo en Novembre 2015
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Beach Retreat

Posted by Fabrice Gilbert in Advertising

Hard to top, right? But if anything can take on the challenge, the Viceroy Riviera Maya is surely it. This idyllic resort really knows luxury – no wonder it was booked out most weekends by New Yorkers escaping the (then) snow.

A Mayan blessing from the in-house shaman, a privilege granted to every guest, sets the mood for the next two days.

Guests' plunge pool and bedroom are in very close proximity 

Each guest – or couple, rather, this place seems geared towards romance – gets their own jungle villa, complete with private plunge pool, hammock and outdoor shower. The room was, as one would expect, beautifully appointed, but what was more impressive was that they’d really thought of everything.

We loved that they provided us with a mosquito-repelling kit (neither of us were bitten once), there was a bowl of apples in the room for snacking between meals, and even a couple of miniature bottles of Mezcal for a pre-dinner aperitif.

But the piece-de-resistance is undoubtedly the breathtaking location; a beautifully-maintained pool area nestles seamlessly into the white sandy beach.

The Viceroy Riviera Maya has two restaurants – the casual Coral Grill and Bar and the more romantic setting of La Marea, the latter a gourmet Mexican restaurant. Both restaurants can be quiet as many guests opt instead for the separate room service menu on offer. On the topic of noise, the resort is adult-only so bear that in mind if a family retreat is needed.

The impeccable yet unintrusive service is part of the appeal, as every little whim is catered for. Indeed, they’ve thought of everything from a soap concierge (yes, really) to complimentary diving shoes to brave the rocky shoreline.

This theme continues by the pool. Appropriately chic straw hats of various shapes and sizes are available to borrow alongside the beach towels.

Amenities include a highly-rated spa and yoga classes, but we never made it beyond the comfortable sunbeds on the beach.

In fact, it was all over far too soon. Call the shaman – we’re planning our return already.

Rates at the Viceroy Riviera Maya start at $393 (259.59) per night. For more information, visit Viceroyhotelsandresorts.com 

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-3004515/In-town-boutique-beach-retreat-Two-different-takes-Mexico-s-Playa-del-Carmen.html#ixzz3kNvphiui

11 Sep 2015 no comments / READ MORE

A fabulous in-town hotel boutique

Posted by Fabrice Gilbert in Advertising

The brand new Hotel Cacao was our first destination, a boutique five-star property situated bang in the middle of Playa del Carmen’s main pedestrianised strip. Though the street outside is buzzy, the hotel itself is incredibly tranquil, thanks in part to the main atrium’s waterfall wall and turtle-dwelling lily pond.

After half a day of travel from New York, my friend and I could not have been more delighted with our room. Generously-sized with two double beds, the wide window at one end overlooked a quiet side street, while the other end boasted a spacious bathroom with twin sinks, a rain shower and Missoni bath products.

The real highlight at Hotel Cacao though, is the rooftop infinity pool. To our joy, the space was not overcrowded when we pitched up at 2pm and we parked our exhausted selves on two plush sun loungers for the rest of the afternoon. There were plenty of parasols for fair-skinned guests and the staff were attentive and charming as they ferried over chilled wine and fresher-than-fresh ceviche. ‘Never. Leaving,’ we repeated to each other several times over.

Cacao’s own restaurant, Nibs, is considered one of the finest dining spots in town, so we were eager to check it out. Dinner can be enjoyed downstairs in the main restaurant, adjoining the lobby area, or – what appears to be the more popular option – at the rooftop bar by the pool.

Hungry for more: Nibs is considered one of the finest dining spots in town

Killer cocktails: We were sold several times over on the margaritas at Hotel Cacao’s rooftop bar

And what a dinner it is. It kicked off with a couple of killer margaritas and piping hot Yucatan ‘black bread’ which is cooked in plantain leaves and served in a paper bag. A series of impressive dishes ensued including plenty of lobster and a sensational chocolate-chili confection for dessert.

Hotel Cacao’s rooftop bar is fast becoming a scene and it was the perfect place for a post-dinner margarita.

We loved that the hotel’s location allowed us to check out other local bars and restaurants too, and is just a short walk to the beach. But you also have the option to not engage and simply recharge your batteries.

Hotel Cacao has a special promotion beginning in May, with rates starting at $184 (£121.54) per night including breakfast. For more information, visit Hotelcacao.com.mx 

Read more:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-3004515/In-town-boutique-beach-retreat-Two-different-takes-Mexico-s-Playa-del-Carmen.html#ixzz3kNuqiHbn

03 Sep 2015 no comments / READ MORE

Top 5 Tulum Restaurants

Posted by Fabrice Gilbert in Advertising


Quintana Roo is distinguished by the large variety of experiences it offers to tourists, and when adding in the foodie experiences it makes for an endless list of attractions to visit. I recently went to Tulum to visit places recommended by many of my local friends. These were mainly small food stalls, and I was very pleasantly surprised by the wonderful flavors they offer.


This enchanting bar located on Av. Tulum far from the hotel zone is a favorite with locals, and of those who venture off the beaten tourist track. With live music on the weekend, and an unpretentious menu full of authentic flavors of the Mexican Pacific and the Bajío highlands, but with a fancy touch that distinguishes Tulum, chef Alvaro Figueroa creates daily specials according to his inspiration.

You should try: Fried shredded pork tacos with a tuna ceviche topping, barbacoa tacos with a side of broth, and from their specialty menu, flash fried octopus with glazed pineapple.


Recently I had a fabulous client in Tulum who was a fanatic about eating a good baguette or croissant for breakfast. I went in search for the best bread in Tulum and I found that all suggestions led me to Le Bistro.

You should try: Their crepes are the best ones I have ever tried.


I simply love this place, it has a beautiful view and an enchanting decoration. The menu is fairly small, but I can honestly say that they treat all their dishes with much care in both preparation and presentation.

You should try: Excellent Eggs Benedict, which is no easy feat, and unusually large portions for a restaurant in the Tulum hotel zone.


It has agreements to support local providers. The hotel has a clay oven where delicious artisan bread is baked, a fresh, delicious salad bar. Chef Ulises González has integrated both traditional Mexican and Mayan flavors with ingenuity and a little experimentation.

You should try: The excellent lime soup, which is a great option, especially if you were at their famous full moon party the night before.


This place has an incredible reputation that it has maintained over the years. With its vintage conceptual design and an Italian influenced menu, simple but meticulously well done with quality ingredients. Not the cheapest, but every penny to try.

You should try: The homemade pasta.

When in Tulum, don’t forget to try the variety of flavors to enhance your culinary experiences.


31 Août 2015 no comments / READ MORE

Chambre de Commerce Québécoise de la Riviera Maya – CCQRM

Posted by Fabrice Gilbert in Events, Partner

La CCQRM est née de l’initiatives des gens d’Affaires québécois oeuvrant sur la Riviera Maya dans le but principal de mieux se faire connaître de la clientèle québécoise et de leur offrir un service personnalisé.

La mission de la Chambre de Commerce Québécoise de la Riviera Maya est de favoriser le partenariat, le réseautage et la synergie entre les membres. Elle vise aussi à favoriser le développement des activités et la visibilité de ses membres, principalement auprès de la clientèle francophone sur la Riviera maya et au Québec.

Nous sommes fiers d’être les partenaires de la Chambre de Commerce Québécoise de la Riviera Maya – CCQRM dans l’organisation de leurs évènements sur la Riviera Maya.

De nombreux projets sont prévus dans les prochains mois, un festival de musique, un defilé de mode, des instalations de street art ou encore une exposition d’art contemporain.

la Saison 2015/2016 va être riche en culture.



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« Bunker » Directed by Manuel Schapira

Posted by Fabrice Gilbert in Movies

Directed by Manuel Schapira
court métrage de 22 min / 35mm / 1.85 / couleur / Dolby SR
Avec : Jacky IDO, Arly JOVER, Jane BIRKIN, Candide SANCHEZ

Produced by Les films au long cours /Production Design: Michael Riou / Cinematography: Antoine Monod / Production Manager: Fabrice Gilbert

09 Juin 2015 no comments / READ MORE

Hollbox, the new Tulum. 2 hours drive from Cancun Airport.

Posted by Fabrice Gilbert in Scouting

Located to the northwest of Cancun, Mexico, Holbox Island is just 26 miles / 42 km long. Holbox is separated from the mainland coast of Mexico by a shallow lagoon which gives sanctuary to thousands of flamingos, pelicans and other exotic birds and creatures.

Most of the people of Holbox Island make their living fishing. It is common to see fishermen walking through Holbox Village with their catch of the day or carrying their nets. The streets of Holbox Island are made of white sand, common of Caribbean islands, and there are very few cars. Holbox is considered a virgin tourist destination because very few outsiders visit the island. In spite of Holbox’ natural beauty, inaccessibility has left it unspoiled by mass tourism.

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« Tipo de Cambio »

Posted by Fabrice Gilbert in Movies

A movie directed by Sharon Alpuche produced in Cancun by <CA (Colectivo Audiovisual Cancun)

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Best Restaurants in Tulum: Where to Eat in the Village

Posted by Fabrice Gilbert in Advertising

Tulum town, or Tulum pueblo as it is called by the locals, has developed in the recent years from an unknown Mexican village dotted only by a few backpackers to a town with a strong international community.

You can see the town grow almost every day. There is always something new going on in the pueblo. A new restaurant opens its doors, a new fashion shop or bar put a sign up, a new street develops…



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Donde te escondes Valentin.

Posted by Fabrice Gilbert in Advertising, Events, Movies
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Colectivo Audiovisual Cancun

Posted by Fabrice Gilbert in Non classé

<CA is an audiovisual production collective in which are offered courses in Cinema . During 11 weeks, 20 students are trained through workshops led by professionals.
Photography, Sound, Staging, Production, Art Direction , Editing .
The course is punctuated with practical exercises and ends with shooting a short film for 2 days.
I am delighted to bring my expertise overseeing productions underway in <CA .



<CA est un Collectif de production Audiovisuel au sein duquel sont proposé des cours de Cinéma. Pendant 11 semaines 20 élèves sont formés à travers des ateliers animés par des professionnels.
Image, Son, Mise en scène, Production, Direction artistique, Montage.
Le Cours est ponctué d’exercice pratique et se termine par le tournage d’un court métrage pendant 2 jours.
Je suis très heureux de pouvoir apporter mon savoir faire en supervisant les cours de productions au sein de <CA.

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09 Déc 2014 no comments / READ MORE

The five things you can’t miss in Mexico

Posted by Fabrice Gilbert in Scouting

WHETHER it’s Mayan mysteries, sublime surfing, fascinating folk, wonderful wildlife or just relaxing on a sugar-white beach, this amazing country has plenty to offer

Mexico: smoking volcanoes, steaming jungles, endless sandy beaches; teeming cities, dusty villages, majestic ancient temples – all held together by a people of exceptional warmth and hospitality.


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09 Déc 2014 no comments / READ MORE

Fly in Mexico.

Posted by Fabrice Gilbert in Advertising, Partner

Enjoy the spectacular views of the Riviera Maya coast from heights of more than 1000 ft/300 m.
Flying through the air over turquoise blue waters, white sandy beaches, amazing reefs and dense jungle is a fabulous experience.


23 Sep 2014 no comments / READ MORE

Tournage de « Bunker » de Manuel Schapira avec Jane Birkin, Arlie Jover et Jacky Ido

Posted by Fabrice Gilbert in Movies


Jane Birkin, Fabrice Gilbert, Arlie Jover


On tournait en mixte depuis plusieurs jours, à Brest. Des horaires compliqués et pénibles qui nous font commencer au milieux de l’après midi et finir dans la nuit.. Il faisait froid et il pleuvait. On était déjà bien avancé dans la soirée lorsque la mise en scène nous annonce la coupure déjeuné (Plutôt une coupure diner au vue des horaires). Toute l’équipe commence à ressentir la fatigue, moi compris. On se relaye depuis 1 semaine avec mon assistant pour couvrir les besoins administratifs de jour et les tournages de nuit.

On dîne dans un petit restaurant, à quelques pas du Set. Jane commence à parler du film, de son plaisir d’être là. Elle commence à parler des ses engagements. Elle soit être le samedi suivant à Paris pour une manifestation au Trocadero contre les mines antipersonnelles. Sa voix douce et son charme font que les conversations s’arrêtent pour l’écouter.

Les oreilles se tendent. Elle monte un petit peu la voix. Les chaises se rapprochent de la table du réalisateur et tous l’écoute nous parler de ses combats, ses engagements, un peu de Serge aussi. On recommande des café. La pluie redouble à l’extérieur.

L’heure de la reprise approche. Je fais signe à l’assistant mise en scène. Le réalisateur nous réponds d’attendre. On se regarde perplexe. Le tournage doit reprendre, on sait tous qu’il reste des séquences à tourner mais on est là, captivés, envoutés. C’est notre dernière journée en Nuit et l’un des rares soir ou sont réunis Jane (Birkin), Arlie (Jover) et Jacky (Ido), les 3 comédiens principaux du film.

On attends donc, les assistants ont les yeux rivés sur leur montres et me lance régulièrement un regard. Le réalisateurs se décide enfin. La journée de travail est fini. Il a assez de matière pour le montage. On peux rester là au chaud, à écouter Jane.



23 Sep 2014 no comments / READ MORE

Secret Luxury Spots In The Bohemian Beach Paradise Of Tulum, Mexico

Posted by Fabrice Gilbert in Scouting

My first impressions of Tulum, Mexico were not promising. The multiple police checkpoints en-route and the rough deep pot holes lining the dirt roads were enough to jar my senses in this coastal town 80 miles southeast of Cancun. So much has been written about this scruffy beach escape from the New York fashion bloggers that I was already prepared for the onslaught of mosquitoes, while living with limited electricity and communing with the jungle creatures and supermodels.

As my driver pulled off the weather worn roadway, a tall thatched structure loomed from the jungle trees, a tropical vision from the pages of Swiss Family Robinson. A mangrove jungle rising before the resort opening up to a sheer white limestone sandy beachfront fronting Soliman Bay revealing the refreshing Jashita Hotel. Outside the aroma of fresh flowers and fragrance woke me from my cranky stupor and I took a deep breath entering the open air lobby.  I was told with a smile that my room was upgraded to the Nefertiti Suite and my weary spirit was immediately lifted. You would be hard pressed not to immediately fall in love with this place as I entered the gorgeous lobby straight out of a design magazine and with margarita in hand quickly melted into the atmosphere…

Read on www.Forbes.com

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12 Sep 2014 no comments / READ MORE

Six beach retreats in Mexico

Posted by Fabrice Gilbert in Scouting

It’s probably not a coincidence if tree of the six best beach retreat are located at few miles from our office.



La Semilla: Playa del Carmen

This nine-room B&B in the resort city of Playa del Carmen features furniture picked up at flea markets and haciendas across the Yucatán Peninsula.

The result is a “rough luxe” look which embraces imperfections. Salvaged planks of whitewashed wood line the walls in the rooms, where wire-frame beds, vintage road signs, dangling ceiling lights and old-fashioned desk fans abound.

Elsewhere, upturned apple crates act as bedside tables and traditional cupboards are replaced with suspended coat hangers.

The Cocina Loft makes for an engaging breakfast room, with mismatched armchairs, scattered sofas and low coffee tables that lead on to a large, leafy courtyard, which brims with tropical plants and outdoor seating. Come sunset, head to the roof terrace for views of Caribbean Sea.

Villa Las Estrellas: Tulum

On the shores of Tulum, Villa Las Estrellas – “the house of stars” – sparkles with a collection of airy, double-height rooms. Each of the nine suites is centred on a linen-draped, four-poster bed, which shifts with the sea breeze.

Go here if you seek barefoot luxury, but not if you’re after an all-singing, all-dancing resort – the remoteness of this jungle-backed region means there are no phones or TVs. Instead, drop into the restaurant for fresh octopus and chilled margaritas, or head out to explore the area’s clifftop Mayan ruins.

CasaSandra: Isla Holbox

The owner of this casa on the Caribbean island of Holbox is an artist, who has lavished the space with her own creations. Works by the likes of Roberto Fabelo and Noel Morera, two contemporary Cuban artists, also line the walls.

The 19 rooms are classically Mexican, with open-fronted decks, bright hammocks and traditional woven fabrics. Outside, visit the hotel’s restaurant, which has won praise from Noma chef René Redzepi or head off-site to search for hawksbill turtles, flamingos, pelicans and whale sharks.

the big six mexican beach retreats by « The Independent. »


12 Sep 2014 no comments / READ MORE

Underwater Secrets of the Maya: Cenote

Posted by Fabrice Gilbert in Scouting

A cenote from Yucatec Maya dzonot or ts’onotis a natural pit, or sinkhole resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath. Especially associated with the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico, cenotes were sometimes used by the ancient Maya for sacrificial offerings.

The term derives from a word used by the low-land Yucatec Maya, « Ts’onot » to refer to any location with accessible groundwater. Cenotes are common geological forms in low latitude regions, particularly on islands, coastlines, and platforms with young post-Paleozoic limestones that have little soil development.

Underwater Secrets of the Maya by National Geographic

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Los 25 Mejores Hoteles en México del 2013

Posted by Fabrice Gilbert in Scouting

Todos esos pequeños detalles como la sonrisa que recibes al llegar a recepción, la camaradería del botones, el esmero en el servicio del hostess, el buen sazón de un cocinero o hasta el saludo de un jardinero al darte los buenos días, hacen la diferencia entre un buen hotel y un hotel extraordinario.

Es por eso que en esta ocasión queremos compartir contigo los 25 hoteles que han superado las expectativas de sus huéspedes durante este 2013 gracias a sus instalaciones, al lujo, a su gastronomía, a los paisajes que ofrecen, pero sobre todo y en primer lugar a su gente. Tratamos de ser imparciales y lo más objetivo posible basándonos en las opiniones más recientes de tripadvisor, ¿Nos acompañas?



25 Août 2014 no comments / READ MORE

Jorge Pardo’s house in Yucatan.

Posted by Fabrice Gilbert in Scouting

Jorge Pardo had never studied design, trained as an architect, or built a house when he undertook the creation of his first home on a hill high above downtown Los Angeles. In 1993, having been invited to present an exhibition at the city’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA), the then 30-year-old Cuban-born artist proposed instead that he would build his own house, six miles away, and exhibit it as a work of art. A horseshoe-shaped single-story redwood structure that curled in on itself, Pardo’s 4166 Sea View Lane was closed to the street but open in the back, with windows offering views of the sea, the other rooms, and the landscaped courtyard. Every element—the lamps, furniture, tiles, garden, and kitchen cabinets—was designed by Pardo. For five weeks in 1998, five years after the initial commission, visitors were led on tours by docents in a kind of play on the real estate agent/client tango. Inside, the artist had installed his 110 hand-blown-glass lights, borrowed for the occasion from the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, Netherlands. When the show closed, Pardo moved in.

His home was the first of his works to grab the art world’s attention, though certainly not the last to confound viewers and critics. Was it art? Design? Design art? Architecture? Was Pardo scamming the museum to get a free place to live, as one of its board members first wondered?

Nowhere is that approach brought into sharper relief than at Tecoh, the sprawling series of buildings, structures, pools, and gardens that has consumed Pardo for the past six years. It lies on 740 acres deep in the northern Yucatán jungle, on the ruins of a 17th-century hacienda that made rope until synthetics wiped out the global market for agave fiber and plunged the surrounding villages into decline. Here, Pardo has combined Mayan culture and modern design, local craftsmanship and computer-generated technology, natural landscapes and fantastical interiors to produce a suite of kaleidoscopic experiences.



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21 Août 2014 no comments / READ MORE

Merida authentic city // Mexico

Posted by Fabrice Gilbert in Scouting

Dilapidated but still grand, the colonial city of Mérida was once home to the greatest concentration of wealth in the world. It was the sisal barons of the 19th century who hired Parisian architects to build the opulent villas along Paseo de Montejo, a wannabe Champs-Elysées. Yet Mérida, the inland capital of Mexico’s beach-famous Yucatán, is not an Important City and herein lies its charm. It is not packed with visitors. You never feel you are trudging the well-worn path of someone else’s Grand Tour. The white horse-drawn carriages gaudily decorated with lurid fake flowers bear more Mexican families than foreigners as they clip-clop along.

Like Havana, for which the city doubled in the film Before Night Falls, the historical centre known simply as Centro has had a Unesco makeover. It’s not always easy to spot. While the cobbled streets are mostly swept, and the gardens of the Plaza Grande are manicured and in flower – its glossy-leaved trees sculpted into squat oblongs or perfect spheres – still the tangled wiring of telephones and electricity hangs low and wild, and local buses belch black fumes as they charge down the narrow streets.

There are as many derelict buildings as there are restored ones. Here a newly painted white façade with Yves Klein-blue brickwork, there a faded terracotta one with peeling, panelled shutters. All are secured by old iron bars. Peer into a run-down house, with windows hanging off their hinges, and you’ll see impressively proportioned rooms with intricately tiled floors just visible through the layers of dust, an overgrown tropical courtyard and, as an estate agent might phrase it, bags of potential…


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French National Day 2014, Playa del Carmen

Posted by Fabrice Gilbert in Events

More than 10 000 persons came for this event organized by the French Consulate in Quintana Roo (Yucatan peninsula) on Sunday 13th of July 2014 in the Playa del Carmen’s 5th. Avenue, enjoying a typical French local market with more than 30 shops, a food court, 3 concerts and DJs, Petanque contest, kids games, and the soccer world cup final on a 12ft Led screen.

We are very proud to have been part on this event, in charge of the technical and entertainment coordination.

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