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Expertise in coast-to-coast service delivery for over 20 years.
World renowned teams.
State-of-the-art equipment.
An incontestable production value. A casting with a wide cultural range.

The Story of Upper Story

Our story began as Traffik Films, which later became La Cavalerie and is now Upper Story; a fresh new name for the same team . Upper Story is a servicing unit designed for international production houses looking to shoot in Canada’s vast and diverse contexts.

With offices in Montreal, Toronto and Quebec City, we have both the structure and experience to serve our clients across Canada. Known for our adaptability, we quickly understand your needs and demands to best meet your expectations.

Over the past 20 years, we’ve shot in every part of our beautiful and vast country for productions from France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Poland, and the United States and with the most renowned and meticulous directors.

From large-scale productions shot in lively, urban environments to epic tales told in the country’s most remote of territories or intimate stories shot in small neighborhood bistros.

Upper Story becomes your extension by valuing and respecting your work in total complicity, creativity and transparency.

" Michel and I had known each other for quite a while, but when I called him up two years ago to talk about a totally crazy project, I really wasn’t sure how he’d react, the challenge was so great.

We had a very short period of time to prepare a shoot with a very low budget, in extreme conditions in British Columbia. I didn’t have to wait very long; a few days later, he agreed to work on the project and we threw ourselves into the craziest adventure I have had in my 30-year career in production.

Shot at 2500m of altitude (which is lots and lots of feet!!), 20mn helicopter ride from base camp, helitransport of a 3-ton glass cube to the top of the mountain, complexe design and improbable manufacturing and transportation solutions, all in order to manage 2 tons of equipment and a full crew during three days and three nights on the summit (including washrooms).
  On top of the challenge of shooting at such a high altitude and -25°, we had to manage helicopters, unexpected occurrences, budget, breakage, major breakage and even a few storms. The end result is a magnificent and exceptional film that was made possible by everyone’s relentlessness and talent. A result that comes from a desire to share an experience together, between the production and agency teams, in incredible high spirits considering the complexity of the adventure.
  On paper, it was cool, but on the field, everything was very complicated. Michel and his team needed to be bound very tightly together to absorb the accumulated blows, that were totally resolved only five months after the shoot !!!
  Two years later, having won dozens of prizes around the world, we hold to the memory of a successful Franco-Canadian co-production that made it all possible and that rare feeling of having lived through such an insane experience together that can be felt in the film. Again, thank you to everyone and above all … A special thank you to Olivier Staub for directing and to Michel for … Everything … "

Francois Brun
CEO | QUAD Group

" When the demands are far from obvious but ultimately everything becomes fluid and easy, that's what I consider a well-executed production! That's why I work with Michel! "

Jean-Pierre Philippot
Director | Tempesta

" I loved working with Michel and his crew. The experience has been delicious and without any bump. His expertise in production is enormous and his kindness is without limits, it’s like working with family but better! "

Charlotte Marmion
Executive Producer | Iconoclast

« Michel ? Ce nom est celui d’un super-héros? J’ai été bien impressionné! Nous savons tous ce qu’est le tournage d’un script complexe, par exemple de ne pas avoir de neige en janvier à Montréal. Qui a parlé de «problème»? demande Michel, en étendant des tonnes de flocons de neige partout dans les rues, sur les toits et les arbres… Il est sincèrement disponible, réactif, travaillant, efficace, un pur passionné du cinéma! “Michel ?” Son nom est synonyme de magicien! »

Xavier Mairesse
Réalisateur | Wanda

“ Michel is THE ideal, therefore essential co-pilot. Each of our films is a precious adventure; his understanding, precision and commitment as well as his love for a challenge make him as involved in the production as we are. I love people who make things happen. We have a true bond of trust. “

Robin Accard
Executive Producer | Partizan

" It’s been nearly 20 years since I first came to Canada to find settings that we don’t have in Europe. Not only have I found amazing locations, I also discovered technicians who are among the best in the world, and above all, I have developed a privileged relationship with Michel’s teams. They are well above the caliber I encounter anywhere else. My only regret is that I don’t get to work often enough with people I have come to consider reliable partners, and Michel, a true friend. "

Jean-Pierre Crapart
Line Producer

« Les tournages avec Michel ont été une très belle expérience, bien au-delà du servicing. Il offre une véritable collaboration créative en production. »

Martin Coulais
Executive producer | Quad Group

« On se connait depuis fort longtemps avec Michel. Toujours présent et réactif avec des équipes au top au fil des années. Et surtout c'est un bonheur de travailler dans la bonne humeur et avec le sourire. Hâte de vous retrouver pour de nouvelles aventures. »

Philippe Garnier
Producer | blue paris

« Michel , depuis toujours et pour toujours! »

Julien Sanson
Head of Production | BBDO Paris

" The Cube… A cherished memory of an incredible human adventure… Upper Story or how to combine passion and professionalism. "

Delphine Bellonnet
Line producer

" When I was President of the ELSE / TBWA agency, in charge of the entire production of the TBWA France group, I had several opportunities of going to Canada to shoot for our biggest customers, Michelin, Mcdonalds. It was there that I met the Producer, Michel, who welcomed us with such efficiency, kindness and generosity --so Canadian. Nice experience that I still recommend today! Working with Michel is not just meeting a great professional. It is also an encounter that immediately turns into friendship. "

Christian Delhaye
CEO | Producer Narrative Nation

" Turning this AXA movie right in the center of Montreal was not easy! Michel was the ideal partner to bring this project to life. It is always a pleasure to be able to work with him."

Béatrice Chevrin Guibert
Line producer | Quad

« Plus que ravi de savoir que Michel dirige Upper Story! Les projets que nous avons fait ensemble sont des beaux souvenirs. Souci de servir au mieux l’artistique, professionnalisme, réactivité, exigence en prépa et sur le tournage. La collaboration avec Michel est des plus sympathique et a toujours donné naissance à des films très réussis. J’espère que nous aurons l’occasion de travailler ensemble très prochainement! »  

Matthieu Mantovani
Director | La Pac

" We’ve known Michel for a long time.  His commitment and professionalism have never been found lacking. On a one of my films, he reacted very aptly to a most delicate situation.  I never hesitate to ask his expert opinion on projets that could potentially be shot in la Belle Province. "

Romain Cavagnac
Head of Production | Wanda Productions

" It’s always a delight to work with you, Michel. Your professionalism and pleasant disposition make shooting with you efficient and enjoyable. The results translate that! "

Vincent Roussel 
Executive Producer | Tempesta

" What can be said about Michel ? He is the only producer who can manage to organize an icy, snow-covered road despite sunny and hot April weather in Montreal !! Michelin X-ice tires may also be grateful to him !! "

Olivier Thaon
Line Producer | Paris , France

" Congratulations to all!  Thank you for your commitment and positive attitude throughout the project. It was a pleasure working with you all.  "Special Mention" to those who held fast during all 22h of shooting (on Superbowl Sunday / in a 35m2 store)… especially the indefatigable Michel. "

Nicolas Thiboutot
Creative Director | Lost Boys Paris

" Michel and his team were onboard and excited as soon as we told them about the project. They were extremely responsive and creative in finding technical, practical and even mechanical solutions. Prep was crucial for this project and they managed it very well. On site, the team was professional and pleasant, the director truly collaborated with us. The result garnered great success with the agency, the clients and Internet users. All in all, an ideal shoot in an ideal city. Thanks Team! "

Bénédicte Pelletan & Yann Gobert
Copy Writer & Artistic Director | Publicis Conseil

" Upper Story, led by Michel, is a high end production company that delivers maximum quality no matter the budget. Every step of the way, we were delighted by their professionalism, responsiveness and pleasant disposition. "

Marielle Elis
CEO & Founder | La Belle Façon

" If you ever need a delegated production, I only have one man to suggest ..... Michel. Michel is an unstoppable extraterrestrial that understands what you want before you tell him. He is the best Executive Producer I have met, a ROLLS, a pleasure no matter what's thrown at him, a happy conclusion to a shoot and a very advantageous quote.... !!! What more could you possibly ask for..... "

Olivier Pierre
Associate-Executive Producer | Olive Films

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