Interview with Motion Designer Julien Nantiec

I had a chance to interview Julien Nantiec, a freelance motion designer based in France. Thanks Julien for taking the time to share with us!

Did you go to school for motion graphics?

I studied in a French school specialized in graphic design in Lyon.

What did you study at school?

At the time (2000-2001) the motion design was unknown, I studied graphic design for advertising and publishing, typography, semantics, illustration, layout, storyboard and how to use color.

After this, I studied two years in a faculty with cinema option, where I discovered After Effects and the existence of motion.

How did you get into your first job in the industry?

I worked quickly in a graphic studio where I realized I did not want to be just a graphic designer. After this I got into TV channel Euronews as a freelancer. I worked on open title, animated data, animated map etc.

Along with this work, I started working with various advertising agency in compositing and motion.

Tell me a bit about where you work and what they specialize in. Are you at a studio? Freelance?

I work at home as a freelance, for several French and American studios, with clients directly and some independent directors as Sugrue.

How long have you been in the industry?

A little over seven years.

What software do you use?

Adobe Creative Suite, After Effects, Final Cut Pro

How would you describe your style?

I like to work with details, the work of color, creating a sensitive universe.

I love the relationship that exists between the animation and sound design.

If I can lead the viewer into my world, even a little bit, I’m happy.

Do you have any hints for people interested in the industry, any ideas on how to get started in motion graphics?

I think it must come from a strong desire to develop your own universe,

be curious, show your work, accept criticism (not always easy) 🙂

Are there one or two things you wish you had known when you were just starting out?

I think we must have a good foundation. I learned After Effects by myself and even now I lose time on simple things.

Are there any fantastic plug ins, third party tools or books that you have found recently that you would recommend?

1. Motionographer 2. Videocopilot 3. Fubiz.

Do you have any websites or books that you turn to regularly for inspiration and training?

This is not new, but the book of the making of Fantastic Mr. Fox is just amazing. If you like stop motion, beautiful books and small details, it’s for you. Also Mdn Designersfile.

What is the single most important thing you need to do or be to excel in our industry?

Be versatile.

If you could have a dream job in the industry, what would it be?

Directing and working on feature film and television main titles, find the right typeface, place the viewer in the mood even before the movie starts.

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