Gremlins special effects and puppets workshop

Gremlins special effects and puppets workshop

January 2019 – 3h

In 2019, at the request of the Cinéma de Massy (91), Frenetic Arts invites Sacha Feiner for a practical special effects and puppetry workshop devoted to GremlinsIn collaboration with Cinémassy, an art house cinema located in Essonne, Frenetic Arts invited spectators to create a brief special effects sequence inspired by the Gremlins saga, in the company of Alexandre Poncet and Sacha Feiner, director of the Gremlins Fan film. Gremlins Fan filmTotaling almost 900,000 views on Youtube, this tribute film has become a real reference for fans of Joe Dante’s films and the director himself.

Sacha Feiner came specially with several puppets. Workshop participants learned how to handle these creatures and film them effectively.

The footage shot during the workshop was screened that evening in Cinémassy’s main hall, as a prelude to a screening of the first Gremlins.Director Joe Dante, author of the original feature film, filmed and sent an introduction especially for the event.

Workshop for all
Duration : 3h

Massy Ma Ville


Find out more about Sacha Feiner’s work on our website!

Frenetic Arts in the media

Frenetic Arts in the media

Gilles Penso, Alexandre Poncet and Dédo are regular contributors to the media. 
Media make no mistake about it, and regularly invite our associates to explain the subjects that are close to their hearts.

Here are a few exemples:

On the radio

And also : RTL « Pop cinoche » with Vincent Perrot and many others !

For television

  • FRANCE 2 :
    Indiana Jones (2020)
    « 20h30 le samedi » program presented by Laurent Delahousse. Gilles Penso is invited to talk about the character : his origins, his costume, his flawse… while Alexandre Poncet has been consulted on the show’s content.
    E.T. (2022)
    « 20h30 le samedi » program presented by Laurent Delahousse. Alexandre Poncet was a consultant for the show’s content.
  • FRANCE 5 :
    Les Gremlins – DVD release (April 2015)
    Alexandre Poncet is invited in the “Entrée Libre” program to talk about Gremlins for the DVD release.

And also : des appearences in Quotidien, RTS, etc.

On the Web

    The pieces of the puzzle (13 february 2023 – #60)
    As a kid, Alexandre Poncet was amazed by fantastic films. For the Vigil, he came to tell the story of how he came to be on the other side of the screen…
  • FEFFS 2019 :
    Mad Dreams and Monsters (September 2019)
    Gilles Penso and Alexandre Poncet are invited at the Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival for the release of their last documentary.

And also : Many written interviews to be found on various sites and channels (Fais pas genre, Lucas filles, etc.)!

Our actions for the general public

Our actions for the general public

Throughout the year, Frenetic Arts associates organize events to share their passion for cinema. Mainly focused on the subjects of documentaries and special effects, these events can also take the form of masterclasses, themed conferences or film presentations.

Some exemples

Non-exhaustive list !

Around the great personalities of cinema:

  • Lectures on great authors: Steven Spieberg, Ridley Scott, Ray Harryhausen…
  • Hosting masterclasses : Phil Tippett (Jurassic Park), John Knoll (Star Wars), Rob Legato (Titanic),
    Joe Letteri (Lord of the Rings), Doug Chiang (Star Wars), Caro et Jeunet (The City of Lost Children), Alex de la Iglesia (Balada Triste)…
    • PIDS Enghien-les-Bains
    • Monsterpalooza Los Angeles
    • View Conference Turin
    • Festival Science + Fiction Trieste
    • FEFFS Strasbourg

Around cinema techniques

  • Special effects
  • Stop-motion
  • Stereoscopic 3D
  • Etc.

Film presentation :

  • Fabelmans presentation by Gilles Penso au CDA d’Enghien-les-Bains (january 2023)
  • Presentation of Rian Johnson’s Looper by Alexandre Poncet for the “At dusk” event: It’s about time” at Cinépal de Palaiseau (November 19, 2021)
  • “La revanche du genre” cycle : retrospective devoted to genre cinema (A nightmare on Elm Street, Evil Dead…) by Alexandre Poncet for CinéMassy (91)
  • Cinema-club …
  • And many others !

Conférences dedicated to music for images :

  • Preparation for the Sinfonia Pop Orchestra’s “TV series live” concert for the Théâtre de Longjumeau and Théâtre de Yerres (January 2020)
  • Preparation for the Sinfonia Pop Orchestra’s “Adventure cinema”, with music from : The Mask of Zorro, The Adventures of Tintin : The Secret of the Unicorn, The Dark Knight, The Magnificent Seven, Robin Hood, Pirates of the Caribbean : The Curse of the Black Pearl and Indiana Jones. By Alexandre Poncet for the Théâtre de Longjumeau and Yerres (Janvier 2019)
  • Etc.
Our productions travel and are shared !

Sitges Film Festival (2012, 2015, 2019)

Paris International Fantastic Film Festival (2013, 2015,2019)

Festival de Gérardmer (2013, 2015, 2019)

Trieste Film Festival (2015, 2019)

Festival Européen du Film Fantastique de Strasbourg (2013, 2015, 2019)

Austin Film Festival (2019)

View conference – Turin (2019)

Paris International Digital Summit (2012)

Monsterpalooza (2015, 2019)

Bruges International Film Festival
(2013, 2019)

Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (2013)

Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (2015)

American French Film Festival (ex COLCOA) (2015)


Mad Dreams and Monsters conference at FEFFS

Our work with schools and young audience

Our work with schools and young audience

Frenetic Arts team is regularly solicited by schools, festivals, libraries and specialized associations.

Mainly focused on Frenetic Arts’ favorite subjects and special effects, the interventions can take the form of masterclasses, thematic conferences, film presentations and practical workshops.

From kindergarten to higher education, pedagogical actions are adapted to the levels and needs of the students.

A few exemples

This is not an exhaustive list!

  • Training for teachers:
    • “Culture of the image and special effects”, in partnership with the CDA of Enghien-les-Bains
    • The History of Special Effects (Forum des Images)

  • With students:
    • Conferences on the history of special effects techniques (ESRA – Paris, SupInfoCom – Valenciennes)
    • Discovery of the work of Ray Harryhausen and discussion around the art of animation (Ecole Georges Méliès)

  • Middle / High Schools
    • Presentation of the classics of genre cinema: Jason and the Argonauts, Blade Runner, Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind... (College at the Cinema)
    • Thematic Conferences

  • For the youngest:
    • Film Screening (My First Cinema)
    • Classroom intervention on the beginnings of cinema (various schools)
    • Stop-motion workshop (Associations, various schools)

  • And also :
    For libraries : thematic conferences

Stop-motion workshop in kindergarten:

 Informations :


Know more about special effects : discover Gilles Penso presentation at the Forum des Images – Paris