Let’s meet Daphné Beauvais, founder of the audiovisual production company Chlorofilm with her husband Pascal Varambon. She shares with us her bond with the Pays de Fontainebleau area and the forest.
“I’m Daphné Beauvais, 44 years old. I’m a so-called local child. I have grown up in a little hamlet surrounded by forest. My parents taught me gently to observe, to question, and to dream in this peaceful corner of paradise”.
My career path
“I decided to study geography in Paris because of my curiosity about my environment. I then discovered a totally different world. The beginning was quite difficult and the acclimatization was longer than I expected!”.
“I made my first film as part of my geography dissertation, and it won an award at a geographic film festival in Paris. It’s the trigger: being in the field, searching, finding the good framing, discovering, learning every day from observations and encounters. I started a postgraduate degree in anthropological and documentary film, directed by Jean Rouch”.
“Filming nature, filming humans, I’m going with these two things to the bustling world. In 2001, I made my first professional documentary “Martin des Bois”. With my love for the forest, I went to meet André Martin who had been living in a cave in the forest for 35 years. I spent several months filming him on his daily life. This film, “Martin des Bois”, is my most beautiful memory of filming”.
“My husband Pascal Varambon and I decided to create our audiovisual production company, CHLOROFILM. Our objective is to combine images with an understanding of landscapes and territorial issues”.
” On the principle that respect comes through knowledge, we have embarked on the project of creating topographical videos that allow users to understand the landscapes they pass through during a hike. We are pioneers in this field. We have created two DVD collections in partnership with Au Vieux Campeur. For example, we spent two months in Nepal for filming and climbed up to 5400 m in altitude to go over snowy mountain passes in the Mustang, sleeping in freezing temperatures. The experience is incredible, tiring and unforgettable!”
Our strong bond with the Pays de Fontainebleau
“Then we continued working with Terres d’Aventure, with some great projects to film various destinations. Today, we are more attached than ever to our territory and work with Fontainebleau Tourisme, the Château de Fontainebleau and the town of Fontainebleau with a desire to participate in the development of the natural, cultural, human and tourist assets of the area”.
“Pascal, our family and I live in a small village not far from where I grew up by the forest of Fontainebleau. We always work on environmental subjects but we also diversify our work by making corporate films, films for local authorities, for tourism…”.
“Recently, we made a documentary about the forest of Fontainebleau, requested by L’Association des Amis de la Forêt de Fontainebleau. This filming allowed us to immerse ourselves in the landscapes of the Fontainebleau forest in all four seasons. Sharing with the public the beauty of our forest, the diversity of its landscapes, the charm of its features, the poetry of its colours, the richness of its historical has heritage intoxicated us for more than a year”.
“I believe that respect for the natural environment requires education. I trust our local partners to get this message across and share their knowledge and passion for our forest with as many people as possible”.