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Jacques Ballard

Jacques Ballard is a director of photography living in Paris, France. 

One of his latest works was the music Video « Runnin' » directed by Julie Gautier and Charlie Robins, featuring Beyonce and staring the world free-diving champion Guillaume Nery. The video counts more than 280 millions views on Youtube and got nominated for international best music video in 2016 at the world’s greatest festival for cinematographers : Camerimage, Poland.

He filmed and produced « AMA » a short directed and performed by Julie Gautier, shot in the deepest pool in the world (Y-40 Deep joy, in Italy) screened around the world in festivals and that count over 60 million views on internet. He won the best cinematography award at the Berlin Music Video Awards 2018.

He also was an underwater cinematographer on movies like : « Marie Madeleine » by Garth Davis, the Amazon series « The Patriot S02 » by Steve Conrad, « Plonger » by Melanie Laurent, « Le chant du Loup » by Antonin Baudry, and « Deep » by JF Julian, a Web series he entirely shot and for which he won the best cinematography award at the International Bilbao TV series festival 2017.

Jacques has shot over a dozen of one hour documentaries around the world for the private french TV channel Canal +, getting him the reputation of a adventure traveller. He has worked and travelled in more than 30 countries.

He has shot over 150 commercials for clients and directors around the world, appreciated for his work on car commercials for clients such as Volkswagen, Audi, Jeep, Renault, Peugeot, Citroen, Ferrari, Lexus, Ford… He also shoots action and sports commercials, and is used to work on projects with lots of special effects.

He also loves to work on drama projects. The first feature he lensed : « Noor » was selected in more than 20 festivals worldwide, one of them being Cannes Films Festival (ACID program), won several prizes. He has just finished shooting his 3rd feature, an independent French road movie shot in Thailand.


AMA - a short film by Julie Gautier from Les films engloutis on Vimeo.

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