Born in Montreal, movies and stories were a huge part of my life.
From watching films and TV shows with my dad to being a part of dinner conversations where a multitude of characters, family members, friends of my parents told funny, sad personal stories. It all captivated me. In turn as I grew my friends and I held court at that same dinner table, regaling tales of our lives with no filters.
After watching a Simpson's Halloween special where Homer enters the 3rd dimension, a clear path to where I was heading became clear, everything became focused on becoming an animator and to be successful, this was what I was going to do with my life and it's all I could talk about at my Blockbuster interview the next day.
Taking 2 years off to save money and bring my drawing skills up I got into a program in Montreal. every morning going to that school was like walking on air, what was I going to learn today, what would I create!
After the program I got my first job, met wonderful people that are still close friends to this day and we were off to the races, Feature films, here we come!
Hard work brought me to Australia to work on my 1st major animated feature Happy Feet, the film won an Oscar and served as a spring board to work and travel, London was next and multiple returns to Australia and eventually to settle in San Francisco where I worked on some of my childhood favorite films and TV shows. First was Transformers working with a fiery Michael Bay, what an exciting project, then Star Wars Force Awakens, being born in 76, anyone can imagine how exciting this was.
Then onto many Marvel films, getting to animate Spiderman and the Hulk were incredible highlights. King Kong in Skull Island and many other projects with fantastic characters.
Over my 20 year career I had to opportunity to lead, supervise and at time even help re write, re design sequences and in those moments I felt the same fire as I did when I saw the Simpson's Halloween special, this was the way forward.
While working full time I managed to embark on the journey to my 1st VFX short film, self producing and financing I wore almost every hat and was lucky to utilize some of my connections in the field and to meet some amazing artists that joined and elevated the project.
I am very proud to share First Lesson.