After obtaining the State diploma by the Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma Français in 2005, Romain Claris became head of the video department of the advertising and communication agency Claris, image builder ! and insure the production of 200 promotional films. Since 2000, many of his films were selected and awarded at international festival.


«If a wide angle shot is what we can all do - more or less, we who have taken too many pictures at every turn and confused wide angle with an overall view - detail is what is lacking for our image-drowned eye with which we look at the world. Then, only then the fold of fabric in a sewing machine, the stroke of a brush on a white page, the drops of rain on a train window, a pier by the sea, the hand of a sculptor, a pebble becoming a jewel, the flexible foot of a dancer, the look of a Bangladeshi fisherman, jute fibre becoming a boat, all these things, women, men filmed by Romain Claris, move us because they allow us to see, starting with the detail, a wider, richer world, more complex than we thought, so that, freeing our eye with his, we may be able to see better yet...»
Jacques Dubuisson - Screenplay writer, Director.





FESTIVAL

March 2017
Best short film award in the Free Theme category of the 1 Minuto Festival for « Cousins of clouds»

May 2016
Official selection of the documentary film United Dance Company at the Jõhvi Ballet Festival, Estonia.

April 2016
Official selection of the documentary film Gilles Jonemann, jewel and object designer at the FIFMA, the 10th International Film Festival on Crafts. From April 7th to 10th at the Méliès Movie theater in Montreuil, France .

March 2016
Official selection of the documentary film Bangladesh ! Watever at the International Festival «Pêcheurs du Monde». Lorient, France.

June 2015
The documentary film Bangladesh ! Watever is part of the official selection of the 2015 festival Cinéphiles à la barre showcased by Art et Essai Lumière at the Eden Theater, La Ciotat, France

January 2014
The documentary film Bangladesh ! Watever is part of the official selection of the 2014 festival Les Toiles de Mer. Short films about water and sea, in the documentary section. The festival received 120 films from around the world and selected 11. The festival takes place on April 4 and 5. Clelia Ventura, daughter of Lino Ventura, documentary filmmaker and editor chairs the professional jury.

February 2011
Image award, editing award and best experimental short film award at the 2011 Disturb Awards for La robe directed by Romain Claris.

November 2010
Selection of the documentary about the object and jewel designer Gilles Jonemann at the 2010 Cabrières d'Avignon Cinema Meeting.

March 2009
Selection of the short art film Painting with the dragonfly at the International Festival Cinerail.

March 2009
Selection of the one minute movies Two and Painting with the dragonfly at the The One Minutes Belgian Open in the narrative category.

August 2008
Selection of the film Two at the Festival International du Film minute d'Aarau, Switzerland. The movies: Choice of deepness and Le temps mange la voix et les mots are selected for the special programmation.

June 2008
Viewing in Beijing, China, of the one-minute movies: Choice of deepness and Le temps mange la voix et les mots at the Today Art Museum. The exhibit is part of Beijing s Olympic Games cultural program. The One Minutes foundation and the Today Art Museum are joint organizers of the World One Minutes film exhibition: one minute videos from one hundred countries.

May 2008
"Jury's special mention" for the short art film Two awarded at the Festival du Film Minute de Lille.





MUSEUM & GALLERY

May-June 2017
Photo & video exhibition with the film ROUGE at the Saint-James Gallery.

May-July 2017
Viewing at the Concept Stores EMPREINTES des Métiers d’Art of the documentary film about the jewel & object designer Gilles Jonemann.

May 2016
Photo & video exhibition with the film Bateaux, Châteaux, Gâteaux at the Saint-James Gallery.

July 2015
Photo & video exhibition with the film Trois châteaux en hiver at the "Halle des Chartrons", Bordeaux

May 2015
Photo & video exhibition with the documentary Bangladesh ! Watever featured at the Photo Independent Art Fair 2015 in Hollywood California.

June 2014
Photo & video exhibition with the film Trois châteaux en hiver at the Saint-James Gallery.

November 2013
Photo & video exhibition with the documentary Bangladesh ! Watever at the Saint-James Gallery. Sale to the Watever Watever association .

March 2013
Viewing at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs Paris of the documentary about the creator Gilles Jonemann. Exhibition «Dans la ligne de mire» Circuits bijoux, with the support of Ateliers d’Art de France.

July 2013
Viewing at the photo & video exhibition of the documentary Bangladesh! Watever at the Basia Embiricos gallery, all to the benefit of the NGO Watever.

March 2009
Viewing at the Museum of Art of Sao Paulo of the short film Choice of deepness and Le temps mange la voix et les mots.

Novemebr 2008
Viewing at the Musée Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon of the short film Choice of deepness and Le temps mange la voix et les mots.





CINEMA

January 2016
Screening of the documentary film United Dance Company at the Metropolis Kino Hamburg Germany.

May 2013
The Pauillac Eden movie theater presents the fiction «Ave les Gonzes », the Odilon Redeon High School educational cinema project.

November 2011
On the occasion of the "Saint-Eloi Festival" organized by the Grenat Institute, the documentary film directed by Romain Claris about the creator of jewelry and objects Gilles Jonemann is screened during the movie evening on the jewel thematic at the Institut Jean Vigo in Perpignan, France.

April 2011
CinéReseaux presents the short art film Painting with the dragonfly at the Cinéma Jean Eustache in Pessac.

March 2010
Déclic et des Claps presents the short art film La robe screened in the first part of Woody Allen's movie: "Hannah et ses soeurs" at the movie theater Le Pavillon Bleu in Roquefort-les-Pins.

March 2009
La belle équipe presents the short art film Painting with the dragonfly at the l'Univers cinema in Lille, screened in the first part of the Antonioni's film" Le desert rouge".

March 200
Viewing of the short film Painting with the dragonfly at the 7 Parnassiens cinema, Paris.











They said it...



UNITED DANCE COMPANY 

«In my professional life as a ballet director and dancer I have made many good acquaintances with dancers, choreographers, singers, painters and writers, but to meet nearly at the end of my carrier Romain Claris was really an exceptional encounter. Without any substantial knowledge about ballet he filmed the United Dance Company performances in such a wonderful way and made also a marvellous documentary about the Company!»
Alexandre Hoffmann - Ballet director  

«Whether it is for yachting, for fashion, theatre or dance when you see the concern for quality of its achievements and the taste their imply one can say that excellence is consistent and becomes natural with Claris.»
Hugues Lemoîne - Film Director

«Amazing... I have held my breath... Sublime moment.»
Catherine Denoyelle - Designer  

«I love the dedication to this project and the final product. Very good work Romain!»
Alex Hodges - Film Director  

«Dance fascinates me and you film it very nicely.»
Amandine Cittone - Actress  

«The film is really good, I especially liked the rhythm, that is to say, we do not get bored and the images make it interesting for what they show, even things apparently less 'spectacular': interviews, customs, etc.. But here you have found harmony, the perfect balance. My compliments! You're ready for a long film. Do you think about making one?»
Sandro Toni - Writter    

 

GILLES JONEMANN, JEWEL & OBJECT DISGNER 

«I’ve watched the film about Gilles Jonemann that is simply sublime, I adore the close-ups on jewelry; Congratulations again for this film that is both poetic and class.»
Denise Van der Meer - Marketing manager Vignobles K  

«This film is remarkable for its fascinating content but also for its story telling fluidity. We see things and then revisit them again in a myriad of ways and so we get a multidimensional insight into the heart, mind and talent of this artist of jewels. At no point during the film was I tapping my fingers waiting for the next relevant information to arrive. It's totally engaging and inspiring. The artist work will outlive his life and many to come and that indicates work of a special character and class. You have done a stellar job of reducing all the many hours of your interviews and observations into an enjoyable film. This is a work of yours I will treasure!»
Asher Kelman - Photographer, sculptor, curator - opfGalleryOne.com  

«Congratulations for this new demonstration of your talent. In both your subjects and your films!»
Vincent Marie Bouvot - Composor  

«Dear Romain, I just watched your film that I found very interesting: the quality of the character, the choice to shoot close-ups, sometimes brittle frame, structured assembly in thought.»
Danielle Letellier - Screenplay writer  

«You did a great job.»
Erik Barray - Vannier  

«Stunning film, stunning subject and story.»
Doug Kerr - Photographer  

«Very beautiful and well made documentary.»
Henning Hoholt – Critique - Kulturkompasset   

«Your film fascinated me, beautifully shot, I loved the natural light which emphasised the "Alladin's Cave" feel of his workshop (how I would love to rummage through it!), the tantalising glimpses of the model wearing his jewellery, the gentle music, everything about it works so well, very well done!»
Janet Smith - Photographer  

«The film about the jeweller is quite beautiful: fine, simple and magical. Very well chosen, too, the parallel connection between the jewellery details and close-ups of Jonemann.»
Sandro Toni - Writter  



TOMAS BAGACKAS, FASHION DESIGNER 

«Absolutely superb! What a sensuality! I love it... Can't wait!»
Laurence Bonjour - Fédération des Industries nautiques.  

«We are really in the concentration of the fashion designer prparing event and the excitement and tension during the event... You feel good things and moods... Bravo! This fashion designer uses beautiful fabrics...»
Bernard Varvat - Sculptor on marble   

«Congrats on your collection/film. Next stop, Saks Fifth Avenue, New York???»
Michael P. Richards - Screenplay writer    

«The film definitely has your signature on it. Great to see! »
Deidre Sato - Purchase College  

 

BANGLADESH ! WATEVER

«The images are stunning, the editing is also very good. It's great, everything is there, it is very beautiful, delicate and fair. A big thank you.»
Marc Van Peteghem -Naval architect VPLP - Watever Director  

«Romain, Congrats for the movie !! Great !! We do love it at Zeppelin !!»
Bruno Valentin – Photographer Zeppelin  

«Your teaser is magic! Everything is there. Thank you for this great work.»
Jeremy Bertaud. Watever Coordinator  

«Romain's images are a beautiful testimony of this reality in the Bay of Bengal.»
Dominique Goybet - Communication Consultant   

«I saw you working on site and did not think you would get to a beautiful and interesting result at the time. But the atmosphere is very well made. I relived moments, lights, scents with the shrill music of tambourine and the acute flute. Bravo and congratulations.»
Gérald Similowski - Co-founder Aviation Sans Frontières  

 

LA ROBE

«Fantastic, as if it were a wonderful dream ... the closeups of the fabric, especially the folds and the play of light, these were breathtaking in their beauty. The sound of the cloth being drawn and cut also added a marvelous texture to the whole. The lighting was subtle and used to perfection. This is a gem!»
Arnold Kopff - director

«Wonderful Romain Claris' documentary on the making of a dress.»
Lucileee Critique d'art  Le monde.fr   

«Beautiful, very beautiful. One needs a lot of talent to reflects the talent of others. You've done it easily, a success.»
Vincent Marie Bouvot - Composor   

«I love the shots of fitting when the fabric falls and adjusts to the body...»
Véronique Deshayes - Your beautiful days   

«La Robe is one of his outstanding films... Congratulations!»
Marie Rosselet-Ruiz - Actress   

«I loved your work and the delicate look that you have on things. Bravo.» 
Aude Lanciaux - Actress  

«Very good and very nice work! I wonder, after seeing La robe, if it is the woman who makes the feminine dress or the opposite?» 
Guillaume Cazenave - Director  

«It makes you want to learn how to sew... to construct a garment. Sound, image... perfect.»
Gérard Graillot - Composer  

«You film very well and sublime pictures, people, everything that you receive with your camera. We then view the beautiful images. Advertising is very well done, as well as various documentaries! I also watched "La Robe" I think it's great. Congratulations.»
Adeline Godard - Actress      

«Very nice, as usual. I look forward to your virtuosity associated with a story, a fiction, it should be beautiful!»
François Granjacques - Film Director   

«It is a beautiful film with a beautiful photography ... Nice idea ... Congratulations»
Nicolas Rogner - Actor  

«Very nice. Lovely atmosphere in the creation of the almost sensual experience the dress gives. Sound and image are, as usual, beautifully synchronized.»
Bart Van der Wolf - Photographer   

«Great cinematography.»
Jack Stranger - Film Director   

«The images are superb! And at the end in the haze, it's beautiful! I loved these two women, their stories in parallel! Bravo is really fun!»
Kim Schwarck - Actress  

«Interesting the sensuality between a woman's hands and thread, needle and fabric loved how the light and fabric were shown and the movement as if it was a song in motion. Very nice piece of work.»
Charlotte Thompson - Photogrpaher   

 

PAINTING WITH THE DRAGONFLY 

«Your short films are really wonderful; poetic and mysterious, as well as beautifully produced. I was impressed in particular by the film Painting with the dragonfly.
James Coleman - Videast   

«I loved the beauty of the images and the delicacy of your approach of the subject (the birth of inspiration? Right?). It's beautiful, it's sweet, quiet and inspiring. While sharpness of images suggests the somewhat brutal frankness of the stroke. One point, I expected the book pages to be deployed as late ... But was it the need for a surprise? and the image I saw of the "rainbow", I liked it anyway! The surprise came rather from the superposition of the first images with the work ... the moment when the inspiration were born and its ultimate expression.»
Nicolas Vandroy - Author, director

«I am glad that this film so poetic, is seen by an audience hall. The world needs a poet!»
Bernard Varvat – Sculptor   

«I have revisited "Painting with the dragonfly" splendid! Great poetry in you.»
Florence Vanoli - Writter  

«I love your short movies, you close-ups, your commitment, your deliberate choices, your colours... »
Eva Quinto - Actress  

«Truly beautiful. I love the transition at the end where he takes the viewer back to the starting point of the poetical message.»
Lorenz Koch - Photographer   

«What a beautiful creation of words, images, music and sharing of a gentle creative plasma that flows between you as the train moves on the rails, the brush following the scenery, there for a moment only like the dragonfly. Thank you for bringing us on this very private and creative journey so delicate and beautiful. In all your films, from the earliest and most simple, you depart from the current hectic pace to devote the time to the feelings of things. That's your trademark. I like it very much!»
Asher Kelman - Photographer   

 

TWO 

«Very fine sense of the image.»
François Grandjacques - Director

«My compliments, Two is really good. You deserve the Special Mention of the Jury. Congratulations.»
Sandro Toni - Biblioteca Cineteca Bologna  

 

OMIKUJI

«Beautiful. Such simple poetry.»
The public studio  

 

BATEAUX CHATEAUX GATEAUX

“Stunning photos, great video, perfect setting : all the ingredients for a successful event. Congratulations to father & son duo!”
Véronique Sanders - CEO - Château Haut-Bailly  

”We spent a very nice and friendly evening surrounded by top of the line pictures of boats, desserts and “wine chateau” with a delicious food provided by the Saint James Restaurant”
Lilian Barton Sartorius - CEO and owner - Château Léoville Barton  

”Wonderful evening with all of the partners present and a great atmosphere in the Saint-James. The mix of the photos and video, the food, the wine and the guests made it a truly memorable event!”
Anthony Torkington General Manager - Le Saint-James  

”It was so pleasant to see our boats among magnificent vineyards and splendid food. A warm atmosphere in a welcoming place to admire the beautiful work of our favorite photographer and videographer. Images whether animated or still have awakened in people’s eyes intense emotions. Everyone marveled discovering unknown universes but yet so close, revealed by Claris!”
Dieter Gust - CEO - CNB

”The DNA of two creative parents and a century of film making are packed into the fabric of this intelligent, beautiful and sensitive orchestration of the elements of the magnificent vessels on the sea, the grandest of estate vineyards and the creative modern elegance of fine pastry design. Disparate scenes from Bateaux, Chateaux and Gateaux are juxtaposed repeatedly and linked by shape, movement and vivid color so that a garden, a view over a boat and a cake are not strangers but lifelong vivants of the same regal bloodline!
The style of play the cinematography is consistent and becomes familiar and by never too predictable. So there is comfort but always the promise of rich surprises. Can one fall in love with a graceful double sail yacht, a lone bird on the sketched wire of a vineyard row or a set of bright red layers of a delicate pastry, of course. But in this short film, they are alive in one body and it is a beautiful tribute to the elegance of life at it's richest where confidantes and families can celebrate. I recommend this short film for it's own worth but also for future creative work by The team at Claris.”
Asher Kelman - Photographer, sculptor, curator - opfGalleryOne.com  

 

CNB 100 CHRISCO

«Great Video by Romain Claris of the full construction process from A to Z including sailing images, interiors shot.»
Luca Brenta - Architecte naval   

«Romain Claris is the best "smooth shoots" creators in yacht industry.»
Antonio Costamente - Project Manager   

«Speechless - This is really excellent work and makes us very emotional! Many congratulations!»
Gill Brown - Interior designer Wetzels Brown partners  

«The video arrived, it is beautiful, thank you very much!»
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