Francois brings over 20 years of visual effects & animation production experience as a Lighting Lead/TD/Senior Artist. He has an impressive list of credits on films such as Avengers: Infinity War, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Avatar to name a few.
His experience brings working knowledge from some of the greatest VFX/animation studios across the world such as Cinesite, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Method Studios, Weta Digital, Image Engine, Digital Domain, and Animal Logic. Francois keeps his talent and skills at the cutting edge by taking annual sabbaticals from teaching to work on high end productions to bring fresh ideas back to his curriculum.
With the the support of Lost Boys, Francois is dedicated to creating the world’s first specialized Lighting Artist program (the first to use Katana) and to producing the strongest lighting talent for live action VFX & animation studios.
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Francois’ long history with lighting for VFX and animation productions began in Montreal, Canada leading him to a career adventure across the world.
His first employment opportunity came from Ubisoft Montreal, working in the Game Cinematic division. After 5 years, Francois took on another 5 year commitment at Hybride, for Lighting & Look Development on the live action VFX films: Journey to the Center of the Earth and Dragonball: Evolution.
Seizing the opportunity to travel, he took on two contracts in Europe before heading to the southern hemisphere, working on Avatar and The Adventures of Tintin with Weta Digital in New Zealand. He took on a quick contract in Sydney, Australia at Animal Logic, lighting the beautifully rendered Legend of the Guardians.
Returning to Canada in the summer of 2010, Francois worked at Image Engine in Vancouver on the 2011 film: The Thing, before returning to Weta to help deliver Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
The opportunity to move up to a Lead Lighting Artist position presented itself back in his hometown of Montreal. Francois worked at Modus FX and L’Atelier Animation with a year long break in between back at Weta to finish The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.
Then in 2016, Francois returned to Vancouver to work as a Senior Lighting TD for Method Studios and Sony Pictures Imageworks. He earned credits on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Angry Birds.
It was from here that Francois was approached by Lost Boys on recommendation from Sony to develop and teach the world’s first specialized Lighting Artist Program using Katana from The Foundry. As an instructor at Lost Boys, he has graduated 5 classes of Lighting Artists. Recently he took on contracts between classes at Digital Domain to work on Avengers: Infinity War and as Lead Lighting TD at Cinesite for an animated feature film.