Meet the people behind our award-winning work across the globe. Up next is our talented Motion Design Artist from Mikros MPC in Paris, Jean-Yves Parent.
Jean-Yves joined Mikros MPC in 2005 after completing a master’s agree in audio-visual, image and sound effects. At our Paris studio Jean-Yves has collaborated on a wide variety of projects such as teasers, short and feature films and has helped co-develop and grow the motion design division. One of his founding projects was Rising in 2012 which enabled him to make the shift from graphic design to motion design. He has also worked on films for French and international brands such as, the beautiful ‘Diamonds’ for Cartier, Freebox ‘s ‘Delta’, Hennessy, music videos such as Madonna’s ‘4 Minutes to Save the World’ and feature animation like Roger Allers’s ‘The Prophet’.
Read Jean-Yves’ Inside MPC interview below and view his impressive portfolio here.
What drew you to work at Mikros MPC?
When I finished my studies in 2005, I decided to work in VFX and advertising. At that time, Mikros Image Group was very well-known for prestigious works in advertising. The Group had a reputation of excellence in creation and VFX craft. So it was obvious to me that it would be a great place to get more experience.
How did you first get into the world of post-production?
After studying a purely artistic curriculum, I chose to complete my studies with a technical master’s degree in audio-visual, image and sound effects. I’ve always been passionate about art and science and wanted to use my appetite for these subjects together with my knowledge for culture and plastic in everyday work.
What projects have you worked on?
During the past 15 years at Mikros (yeah….15 already!), I’ve worked on many projects. Very rapidly after starting as a graphist in 2005, I had the opportunity to hone my skills in writing, creative direction and direction. This led me to collaborate on a wide variety of projects such as teasers, short and feature films and to co-develop in 2010 a Motion Design division within the studio. One of the founding projects was Rising in 2012 which was the opening film of a festival in Dubai. This project enabled me to shift from graphic design to motion design, I wrote the script and developed the storyboards as well as co-directed with Michael Moercant and co-produced with our studio colleagues. I then worked on films for French brands such as the beautiful ‘Diamonds’ for Cartier, Freebox ‘s ‘Delta’, and Hennessy . I also worked on great music videos such as Sonlux’s ‘Breathe’, Brigitte’s ‘L’Echappée Belle’, Madonna’s ‘4 Minutes to Save the World’ . and feature animation like Roger Allers’s ‘The Prophet’.
What have been some of the biggest career influences in your life?
Similar to most professionals in the field, I’m interested in what competitors do. Not for inspiration, but just to make sure I keep doing something different. The competitive rivalry pushes me to go further and pushes my limits. The motion design community is like a big family, we know and respect the work of other artists, it is also a profession that is very active on social media and organize gatherings such as the Motion Plus Design Festival, so there is a constant flow of new images, it’s refreshing and inspiring. I also get inspiration from art, exhibitions, interior and exterior design, architecture, physical and natural sciences, technology innovations… I also love watching documentaries and observe a lot of nature and everything that surrounds me.
How would you describe your creative process and how do you stay inspired in your work?
I consider motion design as a great means of artistic expression, a way to tell stories and explore a new way of telling them. It allows new aesthetics in a more dynamic and lively way. It has no boundaries or let’s say the only limit is our imagination. And the software editors have significantly helped artists to seize new options to deliver their creativity. I first focus on the storytelling, the creative direction and then I’ll think about the tools that I’ll use to make it happen. Within the motion design team at Mikros MPC, we have very different backgrounds and various artistic sensibilities. So my inspiration comes from my everyday discussion and idea sharing with my colleagues.
What would you say makes a good artist and what advice would you give to those entering the industry right now?
I would recommend to always be curious, to continue learning from other artists and not stay in a silo. No one can master everything but from talking to other artists, you can find new ways to deliver work more efficiently without compromising the creativity.
Favorite piece of MPC or Mikros MPC work that you didn’t work on?
I have a special tenderness for the France 3 Marmots. This project was born around jokes over a drink! It was a real technical challenge to create each ident because of the high-quality finish, the diversions are done so intelligently and with lightness… and of course because of the great success they have previously gained, people around the world have a huge interest in them. And also, they’re so cute.
Things you’re most proud of (doesn’t have to be work related)?
I’m proud of many things… First, to continue doing what I love. To have been able to put my art into projects that I’ve been working on since I joined the Mikros team, I’ve regularly put myself out of my comfort zone, facing new challenges, and succeeded as a result. I’ve helped grow the motion design department at Mikros MPC, and to impose a new way of creating…. and, above all, I’m proud of my son!
What do you like to do in your spare time, any passion projects or side hobbies?
As I spend a lot of time in front of the computer, I enjoy go back to manual creation, to my first love: drawing, painting…. I work with wood. But I can’t help mixing it with my knowledge of 2D and 3D to help me in the conception and crafting of objects! I like walking, countryside’s, cities, observing nature is a great source of inspiration and for the body it’s good too!