For the past 25 years, we have developed, produced and distributed story-driven factual shows for all possible screens, formats and uses, from VR to giant screens, but mostly wildlife and science films for international TVs and VOD platforms. Since 2009, all our shows are produced in UHD. Many incorporate a high proportion of visual effects, thanks to our in-house VFX company, 3D from Mars. Thanks to a network of camera talents, a broad collection of UHD camera gear and lenses, we can afford long shoots which bring unique and compelling visuals to our evergreen films.
THE EARLY YEARS
THE EARLY YEARS (1995-2012): standard and high 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.
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 RECENT YEARS
THE RECENT YEARS (2012-present): ultra high definition, S3D and giant screen films
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, genetic research, and – through partnerships with National Geographic Channels – groundbreaking research on Marine Mammals.
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.
Our volume of productions reaches 15 hours in 2017 and the income from our catalogue grow organically around 30% yearly.
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. In 2017, we released the full CGI series called A NEW PREHISTORY in all possible medias: TV, books, Home Video, Web.
The show still goes on: more giant screen, TV series and VFX shows will be announced soon.