Julien Smith : Architect, photographer and film director, born 4 November 1975 in Lyon (France), living in Vietnam.
Co-founder and owner of Sicart & Smith Architects and Co-founding father of Louch’Bem Films.
Julien Smith is a professional architect and photographer and a self-made film-maker. He plays with pictures with his first camera in 1989 and plays with moving images since 2002 using personal resources at hand.
Graduated French DPLG Architect in 2002 in Montpellier (France) he is involved in Architectural design field since 1994. He has gained extensive experience working on a wide range of projects (Residential Houses, Hospitals, Office Buildings, interior design, Fit Out rehabilitation in France).
In 2002, together with Fabien Baïardi, they produce their first short film in 24 hours the day when Europe adopted Euro with their first Euro in their pocket as unique budget (just to pay a coffee to sit and stay at an outside bar). The film was inspired by Bjork’s music “frosti”.
Together, they will produce a series of mini video clips and undertake to discover Vietnam for one year. They will bring back a travel clip for life scenery in 2004, which will constitute a multimedia DVD accompanying their draft book (photos and texts), entitled: “Vietnam, a country of men, supported by women”.
In 2005, he produces an experimental short movie using the “split screen” technique which allows the same actor to play two different characters present in the same scene “Waiting for Bodal”.
Finally, Julien decides to move to Vietnam and work as architect in international Architectural firms and after a while he creates his own architecture and photography company “Less Is More Design”.
In Vietnam, he meets Emmanuel Hubert, self-made film-maker like him and professional engineer. Together with Bruno Senouci, they create « Louch’Bem Films » in 2010 to produce films “on demand”. The production range includes travel trip or institutional films as well as experimental short movies, films about architecture and films for charity foundations.
In 2013 they achieve “Contrebande” a 20 min film directed by Julien Smith and produced by Louch’Bem Films.