Los ángeles



The image of its city namesake, Los ángeles is a multifaceted book teaming with angels and gods. It’s where Sylvain Despretz has lived for the past 20 years, behind the scenes and next to the mightiest of the mighty. A renowned artist who works in the shadows, he has helped pen the visions of Ridley Scott, David Fincher, Andrei Konchalovsky, Mike Newell, Tim Burton and Stanley Kubrick, to name a few. Storyboards, concept art, paintings and illustration – his palette of talents has been deployed to bring emblematic (The Fifth Element, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, Eyes Wide Shut) and other lesser known works to fruition.

This book is neither catalogue nor instruction manual – it is both, and yet so much more. Throughout the pages the author reveals his calling – that of an artist and craftsman putting his talent to work on the dream machine that is Hollywood. Littered with anecdotes, observations and thoughts on the past two decades, this book is a unique must-have for all those who are interested in cinema and art in general.

Spiridon Giannakis

Sylvain Despretz

Sylvain Despretz

Sylvain Despretz is an independent writer-director est who has worked extensively in the USA and in Europe in the areas of storyboarding and illustration. His mentor in the early part of his career was none other than the late Jean “Mœbius” Giraud, the world-renowned artist.

Sylvain took his first steps as an artistic director in New York at advertising agency BBDO where, over a number of years, he worked on TV spots for clients like Pepsi, Gillette and General Electric. When he moved to Hollywood, he created storyboards for director David Fincher for Madonna’s Like a Prayer music video, and worked alongside pop star Michael Jackson on video concepts for his Dangerous album. At the end of the 1990s Sylvain was employed by director Ridley Scott and over a decade contributed to the development of numerous feature film projects and TV spots.

Sylvain Despretz, Mœbius and Ridley Scott

For two decades his name has been associated with several successful, high-profile films, notably The Planet of the Apes, Harry Potter, The Fountain and Alien Resurrection.

Sylvain Despretz is also the creator of several music videos, for Jack Lancaster (Song of the Whales – chanté par Phil Collins) and MJ12 (Call 911).  He’s written two feature film scripts one of which, Soul Man, has been optioned for development by Paramount Pictures. He is currently producing a film about the British jazz-fusion bran Brand X, entitled Brand X : The Desert Years, shooting is scheduled to finish in the Autumn of 2020.

He lives in Los Angeles, London and Paris.


Los ángeles will be published mid 2020. It will be an A4 sized hardback, with around 400 pages mixing texts, storyboards and illustrations.

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