In the early 2000's, David started his career as a character animator in Montreal. After the completion of Pinocchio 3000 as the animation supervisor, the first full length Canadian CGI feature, he traveled the world, working on several animated feature and vfx productions, including Happy Feet and Hellboy: The Golden Army. He joined Dreamworks Animation in 2008, and contributed to the success of multiple blockbusters, such as Shrek Forever After, Kung Fu Panda 2: The Kaboom of Doom, Puss in Boots, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, and The Croods, on which he acted as the supervising creature animator.
Now part of Eidos-Montréal's core creative team as animation and cinematics director, David leads Eidos's very own cinematic team, who've contributed to the success of The Rise of Tomb Raider and Deus-Ex: Mankind Divided. He is also very much involved in education as a speaker & instructor, sharing his experiences and passions with the next generation of artists.
Considerable accomplishments are rarely achieved single-handedly. If Eidos-Montréal was able to come up to speed so quickly, it's because our partners were here to give us a hand. We wish to thank them warmly.
At Eidos-Montréal, we value creativity, initiatives, and ideas, and want to insure we further promote and enhance the contributions of our imaginative developers to this overarching philosophy. In this section, we highlight our incredible women in gaming, and receive first-hand accounts of their journey to, and through, the industry itself.
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Why did you first join the Games industry?
I have had a lifelong love of science fiction and storytelling. I grew up wanting to be a writer; after college, I moved to Hollywood to break into the film industry. Then a college friend of mine called me up and told me about a job opening at her boyfriend’s company. A San Diego-based game development company called Presto Studios. They were working on a series of science fiction adventure games and needed to hire an additional writer. I didn’t know much about writing for games—this was almost 20 years ago and the industry was very small. I knew I wanted to write science fiction, however, so I jumped at the chance. To this day, I have never regretted it!
Do you feel being a woman in the Games industry is different than in other industries?
The games industry is different than other industries, period. Whether you’re a man or a woman. Game development is challenging; it’s highly creative and highly structured at the same time. For a game to succeed, many different personality types must come together, blending their unique talents into a single united vision. If they can’t, the game feels disconnected and the final product suffers. It takes great communication skills, a willingness to listen and collaborate, and a lack of ego to really pull it off.
Montréal is a cosmopolitan, multicultural, and bilingual city that has developed a unique personality, at the crossroads of North American and European influences.
It is a city famed for its openness and creativity, its vibrant cultural life, and the high spirits and 'joie de vivre' of its residents. To top it off, Montréal cuisine, which taps into a whole world of cultural influences, is universally renowned.
Best of all, Montréal is host to a growing community of video game producers and developers, all of unparalleled talent and creativity.
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With a population fast approaching 4 million, Montréal is Canada’s second biggest city, after Toronto. Montréal has been overtaken by Toronto as Canada’s commercial capital, but it is still an important hub for commerce, arts, culture and architecture. Montreal’s province, Quebec, is culturally distinct from the rest of Canada because its sole official language is French.
In fact, Montréal is the second largest French speaking city in the world, after Paris. Montréal’s climate varies wildly from season to season. Quebec winters are known throughout Canada as being cold, wet and icy – similar to Ottawa’s, and harsher than Toronto’s. Thankfully, the municipal snow clearing system is surprisingly fast and efficient for the city’s size.
Summers are warm by Canadian standards. The average daily temperature ranges between 23 – 27 degrees Celsius, but can reach lows of 13 and highs of 35 degrees.
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