Artist - André Michaud

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 (2014).

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 animation? 
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 maker....

Puppet Design

Sculpting Puppet

Puppet Armature

Foam Latex Puppet Casting

Final Puppet

What is one project that you are proud to have been involved in?
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 artists.

See Creature - Animation reel 2014 from See Creature on Vimeo.

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 work.

Blobby from Laura Stewart on Vimeo.

Are you involved with any animation organizations in Canada?
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 lot.

To see more work from André Michaud, Check out his Vimeo channel.