Cédric-Alexandre Saudinos, hopefully, escaped from his destiny as a Philosophy teacher by running away from his PhD in Philosophy at La Sorbonne University (Paris, France) in order to write and direct movies.
Alexandre wrote and directed a few award-winning documentaries and about 30 TV-ads. He is a versatile technician: skilled as a DoP and an editor, he worked worldwide as a stereographer, and is the co-author and director of the reference, award-winning course on stereo 3D. He was invited by a dozen universities or pro workshops to teach S3D (in France, Mexico, Canada, Chile, Poland, Germany, etc.) and trained hundreds of technicians worldwide.
He was a consultant to build the S3D functions of FrameForge Previz Studio, now an Emmy-award winning pre-visualization program. That, and his obsession with carefully planned shots, lead him to work as the storyboard/previz artist of 2-time Sundance winner Gela Babluani (director: 13 Tzameti, Money...).
In 2009, he founded Parallell Cinéma with David Steiner and Carlo Sirtori. Parallell produced about 40 films shot in stereo 3D ( fiction, docs, sport, music videos...), before going into traditional cinema in 2013 and producing two (2D) feature films: The Preppie Connection (released in the US on March 18, 2016) ; and Katie Says Goodbye (starring Olivia Cooke, Mireille Enos, Jim Belushi; premiered at TIFF 2016).
Parallell also co-produced Josh Mond’s James White, winner of the Sundance Next Audience Award in 2015.
Alexandre is currently finishing to write two feature films : « Chaser », a psychological thriller, and « The Flying Rock », a sci-fi movie where all of the action happens in a bar nested on top of an asteroid !
Alexandre was born in 1979, is French and Swiss, is kind of married, lives in Paris and has two children.
Originally I was your good old computer geek, programming stupid games on my HP48GX calculator during classes and playing Dungeons & Dragons the rest of the time.
So when I dropped my PhD in Philosophy at 25 to make movies, I really wanted to master the technological aspect first, so I worked in fields like editing (Avid, Final Cut), compositing (After Effects, Nuke), camera, light, 3D story-boards and stereo 3D.
This technical know-how helps me to imagine and make possible shots that are sometimes thought to be too complicated or too expensive to get .
Experienced all-terrain traveller
Fun shootings completed in sub-antarctica (3D doc), desert (commercial), jungle (commercial), mountains (short film), remote canyons (feature film)...
In Tierra del Fuego, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Cameroon, Marocco, Mexico, Qatar, Europe...
I'm a FFESSM level 2 scubadiver.
(and deep inside I secretly want to be Jacques Cousteau
-> look how happy I look with those penguins).