Gobelins School of the Image

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Gobelins L'École de L'Image or Gobelins, the school of visual communication is a Parisian school, located near the Latin Quartier, dedicated to the visual arts. A consular school funded by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris, it provides training in various formats at a variety of different costs. It is best known for the Cinéma Department of Animation, founded in 1975 by Pierre Ayma, who brought the school into the spotlight. It acquired an international reputation, producing numerous talented individuals and teams which found their place within studios as prestigious as Walt Disney Animation Studios, Universal Studios, Hanna Barbera, Pixar, DreamWorks Animation and Warner Bros. Some of its former students include a great number of strip cartoonists and animation artists such as Didier Cassegrain, Cromwell, Jean-François Miniac, Pierre Coffin and many others. Many industry people of international fame have also taught at Gobelins (Michel Bouvet, etc.).

For a few years, Gobelins has proposed famous innovations in multimedia content online and offline leading to the development or the design of products for the web, of CD ROM, Interactive DVD, or public installations. The video department, created by Daniel Boullay and Guy Chevalier, and reserved for the training of the adults, has since 1985 been a great part of the French technical audio-visual landscape. Led by Daniel Desmoulins, video department allows professionals to create or analyze techniques, keeping current with the rapid evolution of industry technologies. Gobelins also offers lessons in photography and graphic design.

Notable alumni

  • Pierre Coffin, director of Despicable Me.
  • Bibo Bergeron, director of A Monster in Paris, Road to El Dorado and Shark Tale.

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