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École Polytechnique, a magical universe

École Polytechnique, also known as l’X, unveils two movies designed to increase its international recruitement in its various programs. The first movie aims at raising students-to-be interest while the second one, in cartoon form, presents École Polytechnique curricula and its academic environnement.

A magical universe to unveil École Polytechnique richness

The first short-movie involves the spectator in a journey with three characters throughout an unknown place. After a long walk in the woods, three yound adults face a huge building taking shape out of the fog on the other side of a lake. The trio goes through corridors, laboratories and a fab-lab until they find out one of École Polytechnique identity components: the Grand Uniforme. They put it on, as it is a symbol of École Polytechnique before meeting other students for a group picture. Each of them wonders their future at École Polytechnique and the challenges they will achieve as researchers, entrepreneurs or innovators.

The first part of the movie presents a world standing on the borderline between odd and magic and plays with fantasy codes. Unlike the usual atmosphere linked to l’X, this world addresses high school and university students capable of identifying to the characters and the universe.

In the second part, the characters contemplate a future rooted in reality. The film unveils the opportunities students are given throughout their studies at École Polytechnique to become the engineers, researchers and innovators who will change the world. The very last word: "Make the extraordinary", sends a strong message to future candidates: thanks to École Polytechnique various curricula, they will make their dreams come true and complete the most extraordinary projects.

A cartoon to illustrate studies at l’X

Throughout a freshman learning path, this character animation movie presents École Polytechnique curriculum plethora, the diversity of courses closely linked to research and innovation and its campus life. The character discovers subjects he will be taught at École Polytechique, the possibility he’s given to develop individual and group projects as well as various cultural and artistic activities he can enjoy on the campus.

This video was thought of as a complementary communications tool that would be released during shows and conferences worldwide. It should also help students introducing École Polytechnique abroad to companies, high-schools, and partner universities.

The first short movie was made by Adrien Selbert and is based on an original idea by École Polytechnique. Graduated from Beaux Arts and Arts Décoratifs in Paris, Adrien Selbert is director and photographer for VU agency. He has already directed several documentaries including “Nino’s place”, which was awarded the Grand Geneva Award (Geneva International Film Festival). In 2015, Selbert was distinguished as one of the 8 emerging international photography talents by LensCulture.

The cartoon was drawn by Julien Seze who graduated from École des Gobelins (Paris). He writes and directs short character animation movies as well as advertisments and corporate films. His work has been distinguished during national and international festivals.

Both movies intend to be digitally broadcasted, on the Internet, through social medias and during events in which École Polytechnique takes part such as shows and meetings with corporate and academic partners.

ABOUT ÉCOLE POLYTECHNIQUE / École Polytechnique is the leading French institute which combines top-level research, academics, and innovation at the cutting-edge of science and technology. Its various undegraduate and graduate-level programs – Bachelor’s degree, Ingénieur Polytechnicien, Master’s, Graduate Degree, PhD program and PhD– are highly selective and promote a culture of excellence with a strong emphasis on science, anchored in humanist traditions. As a widely internationalized university, École Polytechnique offers a variety of international programs and attracts a growing number of foreign students and researchers from around the globe (currently 30% of students and 39% of faculty members).


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