Fortiche: What is your role on the project or at Fortiche?
I have been a developer since the beginning of the Arcane project. I had the opportunity to work on some tools. In the last few years, I have specialized a little more in the core pipe and in R&D.
I am also part of the CSE (Social and Economic Committee). My wish is to participate in the well-being of the employees, both to facilitate communication between them and the management and by organizing activities to create cohesion within the company.
F: Can you tell us about your career ?
After the baccalaureate, I did a year of study in Applied Arts to improve my level in different artistic fields (spoiler alert: I'm still bad in drawing). I then went on to a DUT in Multimedia and Internet (formerly Services and Communication Networks). These two years taught me to be polyvalent and to discover different domains, from web development to photo and video, passing by network, law, etc.
Then, I spent a year in Scotland, in Edinburgh, following a DUETI, University Diploma of International Technological Education (French degree). I learned how to use Maya software, how to practice English...and to discover the Scottish accent (that moment when you think "but I was really taught English all these years? Because right now, I don't understand a single word they say"). It was one of my best experiences!
Finally, I followed the VFX training at ISART Digital, where I learned modeling, texturing, compo,... Two of my teachers joined the Fortiche adventure, the exceptional speakers (they really are) Philippe L. (CTO) and Emmanuelle A. (Talent Acquisition).I entered the world of work as a "Farmer" at Mikros. Then I did a few compositing and development jobs here and there...until I came across some Fortiche videos. I remember being amazed by Wildstar and Warriors (Here we are, don't turn away now, we are the warriors that built this town !). The decision was made, I would work for this studio.
F: Why did you choose this career path?
My passion for cinema started after seeing The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. A little anecdote: I had not seen the first part of the trilogy but I wanted to go with a friend to the cinema. And there, BAM! big slap. The sets, the light, the music, just thinking about it gives me the shivers again! Therefore, I wanted to work for the 7th art later on!
Later, I discovered programming, seeing my classmates exchanging games on their calculators. Imagine the math class: the teacher thinks you're calculating a derivative when you're chill while playing a “worms” game ! Bits by bits, I started to modify the code out of curiosity. Then I started to make my own programs like tools that automatically calculate the results of formulas for instance. Being a developer is being a bit lazy after all!
This desire to mix these two passions led me to be a developer in the image industry.
F: What is your best memory at Fortiche or do you have an anecdote to share with us?
I have two:
- The first months of my arrival: At the time, there were about 40 of us in the studio and there was no real delimitation between departments. I was sitting next to Candice T. and Romain M. (in charge of textures) and we spent our breaks practicing bilboquet. In the end, we got really good!
- The "we think we are Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in their garage" moments with friends Charles B., Cécile R., Marion D. and Gwilherm M (from the Dev and Pipe teams). We were only a few developers. Most of the technical work was still to be done. The apotheosis for me was when we managed to make a job that automatically built the Hair from the animation. We were really proud of it!
I take this opportunity to make a dedication to all my colleagues! It's great to work with them.
F: How long have you been working with Fortiche?
For 5 years now.