I was born in Terrebonne, a small city in the Montreal
metropolitan area. At 20, I graduated from a professional
degree in Interactive Media. I then moved to Québec City
where I worked as a digital artist and a digital animator in
the video game field. Five years later, I decided to move
back to Montreal and undertake a bachelor degree in Fine
Arts, majoring in Film Animation. I graduated last December
What inspired you to create animation?
Well, I’ve been drawing all my life, but animation really
became a goal after I watched the movie “Pink Floyd: The Wall”,
in high school. The animation parts were created by Gerald Scarfe, an immensely
talented artist. These sequences proved to me that the harshest
message could be communicated through animation, which isn’t
the case, I think, for Live Action.
How would you describe your artistic style?
I don’t know, never really thought about it. I don’t think I
have a specific stylistic. I love street art though, so I
think it had a big influence overtime.
What role do you play in the creation of
It really depends on what type of production. I’ve put a lot of
hats, director, digital 2D-3D animator, 3D modeler and
designer, traditional 2D and Stop Motion animator, Puppet
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What is one project that you are proud to have been
Last year I was hired as an Armaturist on the Stop Motion
part of “The Little Prince”, the adaptation from Mark Osborne
(Kung Fu Panda) that will come out in Fall 2015. Nice
project, nice crew, very great experience.
What project are you working on now?
Updating my Portfolio, ahah! I just finished my degree. I may
have some upcoming work that may appear in a few weeks but I
can’t really talk about it. 😉
Who is one of your favourite Canadian animators?
Hum…. It’s a very hard question. I can’t really name only
one. Jean-François Lévesque, a Stop Motion director working
at the NFB. I am always impressed by his work. I could also
name Dale Hayward and Sylvie Trouvé. They also worked for the
NFB but they own a little shop called SeeCreature here in
Montréal. I also studied with a LOT of very very promising
What is one of your favourite animation books?
I love the “Animator’s Survival Kit”, obviously, but my
bookshelf is filled with great art and animation related
books. It is very hard to choose. 3 very great books are the
series of Scott McCloud; “Making Comics”, “Understanding
Comics” and “Reinventing Comics”.
Who is an up-and-coming Canadian animator that
everyone should check out?
Her name is Laura
Stewart, she’s from PEI, she studied with me. I love her
Are you involved with any animation organizations in
Not really, but I did volunteer a few times for the Montréal’s Stop Motion
Film Festival. One of the greatest festivals in the city.
What are some of your animation milestones?
Last year, I had the great pleasure to meet a lot of very
talented people. I had the chance to meet and work with Kung
Fu Panda’s director Mark Osborne. I
also met Nightmare Before Christmas’s Director Henry
Selick. They were both very passionate artists and very
sweet man to talk to. Among many other great animator I met
last year was the immensely talented Anthony Scott. He worked on
“Nightmare Before Christmas”, “James and the Giant Peach”,
“Coraline”, and so many more. His work inspired me a lot and
I had the great pleasure to work with him. I respect him a
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