With Minuscule, les mandibules du bout du monde (Miniscule: The Jaws at the End of the World), the sequel to La Vallée des Fourmis Perdues (The Valley of the Lost Ants), French directors Thomas Szabo and Hélène Giraud are continuing their green journey. The black ant and ladybug from La Vallée des Fourmis Perdues flex their muscles and jump right into the new Minuscule adventure. The adventurous insects don’t even know to which National Park Minuscule, les mandibules du bout du monde will take them. Minuscule producer Philippe Delarue, who launched a crowd-funding campaign on the French platform ulule.com in order to get additional financing, is still keeping the location secret.
In Minuscule, les mandibules du bout du monde, the queen of the black ants is suffering from low blood sugar. Mandibule, one of her worker ants, is a brave little fellow who wants to save her life by buzzing off to the village grocery store with his ladybug friend.
Minuscule, les mandibules du bout du monde builds on the initial 3-D animation/live-action adventure picture. Produced by the Paris-based company Futurikon, Minuscule: The Valley of the Lost Ants, was a huge box office hit in France that also raised the bar for sustainable production. While the animated insects were entirely designed and animated in the studio, the filmmaking duo Thomas Szabo and Hélène Giraud filmed the background shots in the Mercantour National Park in the Southern French region of Provence-Alps-Cote d’Azur (PACA).The entire film crew was accommodated in nearby lodgings, so everyone could walk or bike to the set.
The flowing streams and natural greenery were filmed with available light whenever possible. The gaffers simply used reflectors instead of lights. A solar-powered camper, serving as production hub, supplied a low-voltage power generator. The attention paid to catering remains hard to surpass. The Minuscule crew had their meals at a local farm which specialized in organic food.
The use of Ecoprod’s Carbon Clap provided the producer with a running calculation of the production’s environmental impact. By reducing carbon emissions from 380 tons of carbon to only 51, Minuscule is a preeminent example of sustainable production. The production of the Minuscule, les mandibules du bout du monde sequel takes place primarily in the Ile-de-France region, where the project received €336,000 in production support.
Photos: © Futurikon