Three questions to Yvon Jardel, Gobelins graduate and head of animation at Rodeo FX

Graduating from Gobelins in 2007, Yvon Jardel earned his stripes at Atelier de Sèvres. He is now head of animation at Rodeo FX, a visual effects company. We met up with him.

What did you do after your studies at Atelier de Sèvres?

I went to Gobelins, the school of visual communication. I stayed there for three years, then moved to London where I worked for Framestore as an animator on the films The Tale of Despereaux and Where the Wild Things Are, one after the other. I then joined Cartoon Network as an animation supervisor and worked on The Amazing World of Gumball series. I returned to Paris in 2012 to work freelance as an animator and character designer for several studios including Illumination McGuff. In 2013, I ended up moving to Montreal where I joined Moving Picture Company and worked as an animator on the film X-Men: Days of Future Past and as lead animator for the films Cinderella and The Martian.

What are you doing now?

Today, I am head of animation at Rodeo FX in Montreal. I have been working there since 2016. It's a visual effects company. I have worked on international hits such as Bumble Bee, It: Chapter Two and Ant-Man. The most recent is the highly anticipated third season of Stranger Things.

What memories do you have of your studies at Atelier de Sèvres?

When I joined Atelier de Sèvres, I didn’t yet know what job I wanted to do. At Atelier de Sèvres, I experimented with different things and was aware of all the courses and opportunities available. It was very inspiring—both the course and the students. I remember gaining a great deal of artistic maturity!