Hélène Boulay has acquired 25 years experience in Feature Films and Television Series Production -both in Canada and internationally- since completing her Arts and Communication Degree at Concordia University (Cum Laude).
Line Producer Hélène Boulay asserts her knowledge of the industry and professionalism at all times, and is extremely talented when it comes to working under pressure and meeting deadlines. Fluent in French, English and Spanish, her quick adaptability to different environments, geographical locations, and strenuous situations are examples of her dedication and strength.
After two years as in house Coordinator and Production Manager at SDA Productions in Montreal, Ms Boulay joined Regency Films as a Production Accountant for the Montreal portion of Sergio Leone’s 1982 film Once Upon a Time in America. Opting for a freelance lifestyle, she worked as a Production Manager for SDA Productions on several documentaries, one of which, Moisson de Défis, shot in Ontario, won the ”Gold Plaque Award” at the Chicago International Festival.
She went on to work as Unit & Location Manager in 1986 for the feature film Heavy Metal Summer, and two USA Telefilms, Make Mine Chartreuse and Ballerina & the Blues, and also traveled to Memphis, Tennessee to work as a Production Manager for a TV Special on Elvis Presley.
Ms Boulay worked as Unit Manager for Hemdale Film Corp. on Martin Campbell’s Criminal Law, starring Gary Oldman and Kevin Bacon, and again for MGM/UA Oxford Film Co. on Some Girls with Patrick Dempsey. The film won the ”Best Film” and “Most Popular Film” at the 1988 Vancouver Film Festival.
In 1989, she worked as a Production Manager on the Feature Film Cuervo shot in Cuba,
followed in 1991 by Entangled, a feature film starring Pierce Brosnan, Judd Nelson and Roy Dupuis. Ms Boulay served as Production Manager for the 1992 Canada/France co-production Ma soeur, mon amour, partly shot in Mexico, followed by the Feature Film Warrior with Gary Busy and Michael Paré, as Production Supervisor.
In 1994 Ms Boulay directed and line produced over 100 segments of a Radio Canada
Prime Time television series called Fred & Compagnie, a show similar to “Entertainment Tonight”. Utah Producers then contacted her to produce two shows: a short film Teacher, and some scenes for the Imax Movie The Conquest of the West.
Hélène Boulay first collaborated with Producers Pieter Kroonenburg and Julie Allan while serving as Production Manager on the 1994 film Habitat (one of the first features shot on Sony High Definition equipment), and this partnership has continued since. The same year she worked as Line Producer on Coyote with Michael Paré and Peter Green, and as Production Manager on The Amateurs with Helen Shaver, a Canada/Japan co-production shot in Eastern Township and in Boston.
In 1996, she worked again as Production Manager for Kingsborough Pictures on the feature film Call of the Wild (featuring Rutger Hauer) and continued as Line Producer on many more films: Hemoglobin (also starring Rutger Hauer), For Hire (with Rob Lowe and Joe Mantegna), Nico The Unicorn (with Kevin Zegger and Anne Archer), and Out of Control (with Sean Young). Ms. Boulay also traveled to the Isle of Mann to Line Produce Owd Bob (with James Cromwell and Colm Meany, -the picture won the UNICEF Award of Honor at the Saskatchewan Flick Film Festival), and Treasure Island (with Jack Palance -which won the GOLD AWARD at the Arizona Flagstaff International Film Festival). Her work has taken her to many exotic locations, including Kenya for To Walk with Lions (starring the late Richard Harris and Geraldine Chaplin –the film received five Genie Nominations and the American Environmental Media Award).
In 1999, she worked as a Line Producer for Prod La Fête, Hallmark and A&E Entertainment on P.T. Barnum (4 hours mini-series with Bo Bridges and George Hamilton), shot in Montreal and Vancouver. It earned double Emmy Nominations. In 2000, she spent six months as Senior Project Manager for The Completion Guarantors but returned to work as a Line Producer for Chariot Communication and Promark Group on two feature films: One Way Out (with Jim Beluchi), and Federal Protection (starring Armand Assante). In 2002, she returned to Cuba for a co-production with France called Robinson Crusoé starring the noted French comic, Pierre Richard.
Ms Boulay has just completed the Canada/France/United Kingdom co-production C’est pas moi, c’est l’autre (with Roy Dupuis and Anémone) and is currently developing projects with Pieter Kroonenburg and Julie Allan, Transfilm, Claude Léger, and Pierre Richard.