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THE EARLY YEARS (1995-2002): standard definition
Saint Thomas Productions was founded in 1995 in Paris and moved to Marseilles in 2000.
In the early years, Saint Thomas Productions focused on the production of documentaries for the international TV and Home Video markets in "standard definition". The company’s core business is science and wildlife filmmaking. Saint Thomas has oriented its editorial choices towards innovative, international and high quality documentaries. The company has gained its reputation thanks to its ambitious, evergreen and international projects.
Saint Thomas productions has maintained itself as one of the leading French factual production companies in terms of quantity, average budget per episode and, consequently, quality. All its films are funded on the international market through co-productions or, thanks to its reputation, through pre-sales. As a direct consequence of their quality, Saint Thomas films (or series) have a long life span on the market and have been sold in numerous territories worldwide. Saint Thomas has been awarded more than a hundred times at international festivals. International recognition has allowed Saint Thomas to develop partnerships with major French and International TV networks (Canal+, France 2, France 3, ARTE, M6, and France 5 for its national market, National Geographic, Discovery, BBC, TVE, UKTV, RAI, NDR, WDR, NHK, ORF for the international market) and major international distributors.
STP pioneering spirit is reflected in its evergreen films: from "Animal Homosexuality" or "Animals Like Us" to "Life on Fire" and "Building Green", the company's ability to create innovative, commercial, revelatory or taboo-breaking films is recognized as a quality brand.
Such brand has a value, indeed too good to be missed: in 2003, Saint Thomas Productions started to distribute its films and other catalogues on the international market.
THE RECENT YEARS (2002-present): high + ultra high definition, S3D and giant screen films
Saint Thomas Productions started in 2002 shooting in High Definition and, since 2009, Ultra High Definition, and diversified its activities to :
a) distribute its archives. It owns a vast library, containing more than 6000 hours of classified footage, including the largest HD and 4K image bank of volcanoes in the world ( almost 50 different active volcanoes covered).
b) produce feature films based on the company’s unique know how or, more simply, on engaging and universal stories. The first feature, called "Hurricane", is in production and due to be released in 2016.
c) reflect the urge to tackle global warming and environmental issues by producing films showcasing the state of our planet and green initiatives.
The company has now incorporated an endowment fund to support scientific projects, whether or not they are linked to the company's projects. The first grants are linked to paleontology and genetic research.
In 2014, we have delivered our first S3D series, HURRICANE, after 4 intensive and challenging years amongst these forces of nature. It will be premiered in France and Germany before the 3D feature film, to be released in 2016.
STP has also regionalized its international sales department with several experienced sales representatives to oversee media sales in dedicated territories.
And the show still goes on: in September 2014, STP acquires the special effects company 3DFromMars and hosts it in its headquarters in Marseilles. Since then, the joined forces have created innovative digital imagery and artificial intelligence tools.
2015-2016 DIGITAL INNOVATIONS AND LARGE SCREENS
Our volume of productions reaches 15 hours in 2016. The digital innovations and expertise of 3DfromMars, plus years of unique experience, gave us access to the next level: on the one hand, the big and giant screens; multi-media releases on the other hand. We coproduced the Hurricane movie which has been released in theaters last June, both in 2D and 3D. An IMAX version is still aired worldwide. By the end of 2016, we are also about to release the full CGI series called A NEW PREHISTORY in all possible medias: TV, books, Home Video, Web... plus more large format screen to come !