What Am I?

In a few words: mostly introvert, positive, computer geek, sport aficionado, challenge seeker, nature and physics enthusiast, globe trotter, and... French.

Digital Artist in the VFX Industry

More specifically, I’m a character rigger/TD working on VFX and animation movies. I transform 3D digital sculptures of characters into puppets that can then be animated.

I’ve been fortunate enough to fulfil what was a kid’s objective when working for award-winning VFX companies such as Animal Logic and Weta Digital. These two have been responsible for the visuals behind the movies The Lego Movie, Lord of the Rings, King Kong, Avatar, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and much more.

Getting there wasn’t straightforward—it took me a great deal of work and perseverance. If you’re curious about the full story, here’s How I Got to Work in the Visual Effects Industry.

Looking for a complete resume? Check out my LinkedIn profile.

Developer

As part of my job, I mostly use the Python language to improve the way we work but I’m also interested by the lower-level world or anything related to graphics, where C/C++ are my languages of choice.

#include <stdio.h>

int main(void)
{
    printf("hello, world");
    return 0;
}
            

I sometimes release some of my personal projects to the open source world, have a look on my GitHub profile!

Globe Trotter

Working in the VFX industry often rhymes with being a nomad when I initially didn’t have much of a traveller’s soul. It’s at the age of 22 that I finally went outside my home country France to discover London then Germany. The experience was truly eye opening and the cultural difference got me excited.

I wanted some more and decided to apply for jobs overseas. That’s how I went to live in Australia then New Zealand for a total of 4 years.

The Invisible Man

I kept travelling more often to the point of taking a break from work in mid-2013 to become a full-time globe trotter. It’s been a great chance to explore more countries at an enjoyable pace, without any time constraint—but the one of having my ass getting kicked out due to visas expirations.

Photographer

I can’t say that I am a photography lover but travelling around got me to always stumble on more amazing peoples and landscapes. I couldn’t take the risk to let those moments go away, I had to capture them for myself.

Me and my Hasselblad 500 C/M
photo by Mathieu Chardonnet

After a friend showed me his vintage film camera, I decided to follow suit and got a Hasselblad 500 C/M. With its Carl Zeiss Planar T* 80mm f/2.8 lens, it has been my main camera to go to for shooting portraits.

It served me incredibly well but I then added an Hasselblad XPan for those beautiful panoramic landscapes that wouldn’t fit in the square format of the 500 C/M.

It’s been a truly beautiful combo but an heavy and spacious one too. For the needs of my long-term globe trotting experiences, I opted to travel in a minimalist fashion, to travel light. This led me to switch to the digital world by picking a FUJIFILM X100S.

Even though the idea of working for magazines such as National Geographic to keep travelling around the world seems quite attractive, I’m currently taking photography very casually and don’t mind sharing some photos on Wikimedia Commons under an open source license for anyone to enjoy them.

Feel free to check my photography portfolio on Flickr.

What’s Now?

After 10 months spent exploring Latin America (Guatemala, Costa Rica, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay and Argentina), I’m currently travelling around Asia.