Jean-Claude Thibaut

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Jean-Claude Thibaut
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Jean-Claude Thibaut in a shoot in Paris, 2012
Born Jean-Claude Thiabut
(1968-10-03) October 3, 1968 (age 49)
Annecy, Haute-Savoie, France.
Other names Thibaut, Jean Claude
Occupation Film director, film producer, music video director
Years active 1991–present
Notable work When L.A. is a Man for Louis Vuitton

Jean-Claude Thibaut (born October 3, 1968) is a French filmmaker, visual artist, and producer, known for his bold and dark stylish films. Thibaut, as a filmmaker, explores and defines his particular fascination with men and women, but also examines his wider response to people, places, history and situations. His style combines chic seduction with sexual shock-tactics, embracing twists on traditional glamour frequently portrayed in his portraits of beautiful, talented and notorious[1] public figures.

Jean-Claude Thibaut has directed Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sophie Marceau and Naomi Campbell among others[2] …Thibaut collaborates recurrently with Dior[3] and Louis Vuitton.

Thibaut purposefully forces his viewers to feel and not just passively observe his work. Classical narrative casualties are dissolved in favor of expressive abstraction. His attention to detail and artistic sensibility is at the core of his high-profile projects, bringing to them the highest level of aesthetics and technical skills.

Thibaut received the 2004 Philips Morris award « 400 Copies in Theater » for his short film about a robot-cop fly in Lethal Wings, underlined by one of the earliest Alexandre Desplat soundtracks, which inturn also received the Audience Award in Beauvais and participated in more than 70 festivals around the world including Los Angeles Film Festival and the Chicago International Film Festival. In 2012 The Peninsula Hotels campaign “Peninsula Moments”, written by Thibaut[4][5] received the 2012 Bronze Excellence in Branded Content Award, tailing Disney and HSBC.

Jean-Claude Thibaut is well known for his successful brand contents campaign for Louis Vuitton, a film series on cities Los Angeles and Hong Kong using gender as a lens to interpret each city’s identity, introducing young rising stars as Ethan Peck, Grace Huang and Cosmo Wolski and Rosey Chan. In 2011 Thibaut co-produced with his French company Advancedroom, For Lovers Only, rated top romance Indie film in iTunes USA in 2012, directed by Michael Polish with Stana Katic Castle (TV series). Jean-Claude Thibaut is currently developing a feature film project based on the city of Los Angeles.

Early life and career[edit]

Thibaut was born on October 3, 1968, in Annecy, Haute-Savoie, France, the son of Nicole Thibaut (born Bacou), a neonatal nurse, and Paul Thibaut, a war veteran doctor, one of the first homeopathic practitioners in France.

Thibaut began making movies at age eight with a super 8 camera. He studied animation at the AAA (Annecy Animation Association) and received his Baccalaureate diploma in 1989, leaving his hometown to study at The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in 1991. Thibaut eschewed the film school route, and created a VFX company Explorer Films in Paris, worked on a multitude of TV commercials, including Jan Kounen's Dobermann (film) with Vincent Cassel and Monica Bellucci amongst others.

In 1996 he becomes director of photography on dark humor feature film comedies, most notably Philippe Haim’s Barracuda with Jean Rochefort and -first time on screen - Guillaume Canet. He also served as director of photography on Albert Dupontel’s Le Createur and James Huth’s Serial Lover. In 2000, Thibaut ends his career as a director of photography and begins work as film director after serving as a second unit DP on Doug Liman’s Blockbuster The Bourne Identity[6] (principal photography by Oliver Wood and Don Burgess.

After his second short film South, the story of a musician with his home studio build in a huge tree, the original soundtrack composed by Philippe Cohen Solal, leader of Gotan Project, Thibaut started to direct commercial with a first Armani project in 2001 for Partizan Entertainment and l’Oréal luxury division.

He joined Ridley Scott Associates, which represent him in the commercial international market since 2011.


Set on a directing career, Thibaut formed a creative production company Advancedroom in Paris. France and started off directing documentary, branded content film, music video and TV commercials for Louis Vuitton, Dior, Hermes, Lanvin, Rick Owens, Vogue Italia, Miu Miu, Dolce & Gabbana and Armani. In 2010, Thibaut produced a series of fashion films: Megan Fox's "The Tip"[7] and Cristiano Ronaldo's "Housekeeping" directed by Johan Renck for Armani Jeans with a first 5 millions view in a week. The films were released in Cinema worldwide. Thibaut took a new direction with storytelling with the co-production of For Lovers Only directed by Michael Polish.


Short Films[edit]

Feature Films[edit]

Fashion Films[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Year Category Title Result
Societe Auteur et Compositeur Dramatique 2002 Best Script Mr. Kellar Won
Philips Morris Award 2004 400 Copies in Theater Lethal Wings Won
Bronze Excellence in Branded Content Award 2012 Branded Content The Peninsula Hotels Campaign Peninsula Moments Won


  1. ^ "A Shaded View on Fashion Film". Anytime Soon by Jean-Claude Thibaut. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Jean-Claude Thibaut" (PDF). LUX. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  3. ^ shadows44. "Digital Chalet : publicité pour Dior". Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Peninsula Moments". Archived from the original on 5 December 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Peninsula. September 2012". P. 50-51. Retrieved 15 March 2013. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Oliver Wood". Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Megan Fox - Giorgio Armani Fashion TV Commercial Ad". Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Hong Kong Heartbeat". Retrieved 12 March 2013. 

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