The Hero’s Journey of Serge Leterrier

The Hero’s Journey of Serge Leterrier Scénariste, auteur, directeur publication magazine, photographe, graphiste

What is the best thing that I love about my work? Writing. Writing is for me a key that I have in me and that opens on other worlds, other universes… A true source of light where the imagination illuminates, with its aura, the tree of possibilities to exceed its limits. I usually say: “Writing is an inspiration in the world of the imaginary, whereas photography (my other passion and profession) is a transpiration of the imaginary in our vision of the world”.

What is my idea of happiness? It is an idea that is as simple as a hello and as difficult to admit as a goodbye. Happiness belongs to our emotions. It is part of our inner balance that interacts with our physiology and gives birth to that quintessential intention that is happiness. Without inner balance, the field of vision of happiness narrows to mean only a space of confinement where all our torments are posed as victims.

What is my greatest fear? Fear is a necessity in the psychic balance of a person, it is as old as humanity. Its role is to protect us by putting us on alert, it is part of our emotions. I have not had any great fear, simply in my life. Maybe the fear of hurting someone.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? My excessive sensitivity which prevents me from time to time from saying no to those who solicit me and who want to take advantage of me.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? Christopher Nolan (Inception) for his open-mindedness and his singular universe. Stephen Spielberg, for his audacity and professionalism, the sisters, Lana and Lili Wachowski (Matrix, Sensé 8) for their vision of the world and the way they put it in images.

What is my greatest extravagance? My spiritual experiences that led me to push back the wall of my possibilities. To go beyond
the material boundaries and touch the foundation of all things…

On what occasion would I lie? The only reason to lie is not to bring torment to a person, because there are truths that are not good to tell… Otherwise I don’t like lying.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? My work is a passion, there are certainly constraints, but they are not enough for me to hate them. If perhaps the artificial side of the cinema that I do not like…

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? I am happy when I am at my keyboard in front of my screen writing a story, formulating a character, creating a fictional world…

If I could, what would I change about myself? I trust people too much and it plays tricks on me. I would say I would trade my trust for a little more distrust.

What is my greatest achievement in work? My greatest achievement will be the one I make tomorrow, because today’s is not yet at the level I want to reach.

Where would I most like to live? On a boat. It was the dream of my life… And this way of living will remain a dream…

What is my most treasured possession? My wife, my children and grandchildren.

What is my most marked characteristic? the obstinacy that is the guarantee of perseverance and will in the actions that I lead… But also the need to unite all our differences into a single reason for being, in peace, harmony and compassion. It is with this objective in mind that I created the Now Productions Films Alliance group in October 2020 to unite countries in a new creativity through the cultural exchange of our know-how and our skills. We already have 3 agencies in the world, France, Belgium, Ivory Coast and we are currently in talks to open an agency in DRC, Madagascar, Canada …

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? I don’t feel like I belong to a city. My sources of inspiration I find them in all the places where I live… I am a citizen of the world… In my head, I have no border, no country, no territory… My inspiration is humanity…

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? I am an epicurean, but I do not drink alcohol. I have worked for culinary and gastronomic magazines. Since then, it is the restaurants that have a chef who is passionate about his job and the products he puts on the menu. Cooking is an art…

What books influenced my life and how? Jonathan Livingstone Seagull by Richard Bach. A book I read when I was 13 years old and that guided my life through the pitfalls and adventures… Thanks to him I became what I am today.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? “Be”, from the soundtrack by Jonathan Livingston Seagull a symphonic music by Neil Diamond.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Robert Langdon, the recurring character of the Dan Brown saga. (Da Vinci Code, Inferno,
Angels & Demons…)

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? Nelson Mandela, Gandhi, Mère Thérésa

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? 2001 A Space Odyssey and of course ex-aequo with Jonathan Livingston Seagull.

What role plays art in my life and work? Art takes its place in my life and in my job. I have created magazines on arts and cinema… Today I have just released a digital version of Cinearts Diamond Magazine – Arts, culture and cinema… We meet extraordinary artists who lift our souls through their inspirations.

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me? This is exactly the meaning of my life, even the job I do, whether as an author in my novels, essays, autobiography. But also as a screenwriter in the stories I tell for the cinema. As a
publishing director too, an activity that allows me to meet many artists. Without forgetting the graphic design and the photography where I give a little of myself in my creations. I think at this level I am the storyteller of my own life.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My wife and family who are inseparable.

Who should Peter invite to tell story about their passion for their work?
Michael Ingrassia
Luz Chabane
Céline Grimaud
Laurent Caille
Michel Rousseau
Nathalie Constant
Jacques Alexandre
Jérôme Segguns
Aline Peugeot
Laëtitia Leterrier

My book publications
ATCHORI – L’élu des terres brûlées sur la trace des immortels – Atchori – Leterrier, Serge – Livres

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