Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Picasso People: Dorianne Fibleuil, in-house 3D Animator

The lovely Dorianne Fibleuil, graduate of the esteemed French computer graphics institute Supinfocom, is bringing her French flair to many upcoming projects and now has another reason to be proud as her graduate film 'Le Taxidermiste' was in competition at this year's distinguished Annecy Festival . We caught up with Dorianne to talk design, software and jellied eels...

Picasso: Who are you and where are you from?
Dorianne: Hi! My name is Dorianne. I come from Les Ulis, a nice little town near Paris.

P: Where and what did you study?
D: Well I didn’t start with 3D! I first went to Ecole Estienne, a graphic art school in Paris, where I chose to specialise in engraving. It was an excellent experience but I later decided to join the Animation course where I got to experience a variety of animation techniques over the two years. From here I decided to go to the much acclaimed, Supinfocom in Arles! It was three intense years learning 3D all day long. And here I am :)

P: Tell us about your graduating/degree film, and the fact it was in competition at Annecy?
D: We were really happy and excited when we saw that our movie was selected for Annecy! It's a great opportunity. We met a lot of interesting people during the festival.

I co-directed "Le Taxidermiste" with 3 others: Paulin Cointot, Antoine Robert and Maud Sertour. The film is about a taxidermist who has just died. His widow and a funeral team pay him their last respect through an unusual ceremony. We decided to push it further with the taxidermy element. We wanted to focus on the atmosphere and took time to work on all the details and textures… There are a lot of things that you don’t notice when you first watch it :)

P: What software do you use?
D: I mainly use 3ds Max, but I feel comfortable on Maya as well, and I have a some knowledge of XSI. I also use Zbrush, Photoshop, and After Effects for compositing.

P: What inspired you to get into Animation?
D: I was inspired by the master of VFX: Ray Harryhausen’s King Kong, 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Clash Of the Titans... it was magic! I had a preference for "hand made effects” which led to an interest in digital effects and animation. I always liked drawings to give freedom to my imagination, so for me animation was the best way to mix reality and fantasy, and make people believe in it all, like magic.

P: What is your biggest influence and why?
D: I have been mainly influenced by books and by art in general, plus tv shows, and cinema... I think I'm influenced by mostly everything!

P: Talk me through a typical day in the Picasso Animation Studio.
D: A typical day.... I usually arrive at work and go straight to the kitchen to prepare my breakfast, toast with butter and raspberry jam, and English tea!
Then I will ask Jane [Executive Producer] about client feedback and pop up to the 4th floor, switch on the computer, have a chat with the directors to see which direction I should take. I also usually make myself a to-do list for the day, as some days I have to do lots of retakes as well as start working on new stuff, it can be quite complicated! I try as much as I can to have everything done around 5pm, in case I have some retakes to do before Jane sends to the client.

P: When you are briefed on a new job…what do you do? Take us through the process
D: When I'm briefed on a new job I just try to think about the best and quickest way do to it in order to be able to deliver it on time. It is also important to know how the directors see it, what they want to be able to deliver, something close to their wish. And also give to client what he wants.... There is always a balance to work out between the director's and the client's wishes. It’s not always simple!

P: What has surprised you about London – are the English all crazy? Have you eaten a Roast Dinner/Jellied eels yet? :)
D: My first surprise in London was when I noticed that most of people are really nice and polite. (In comparison with Paris!) I was also really surprised to see the diversity of London's city landscape…woods, parks, buildings, cute houses, you get everything in London! I never get bored.
And yes, I had a Roast Dinner once, my Australian flatmate make me discover it! I really like it! About jellied eels, I'm quite sure that I will never try to eat this…doesn't look very yummy!

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