Olivier Staphylas is a 30 year old native of France who has been living in Los Angeles for the last 5 years. In 2003 Olivier graduated from Supinfocom with honors and a degree in Computer Graphics. The following year, in 2004, he entered directly into the third year of studies at the prestigious Gobelins L'Ecole De L'Image in Paris where he graduated first in his class and with a degree in Character Animation. Olivier was not only the first to graduate from two of France's finest visual arts universities, but was also the first, and to date, the only student to accomplish the feat with both honors from Supinfocom and first in his class at Gobelins.
While at Gobelins, Olivier co-directed the short film Le Building which has been nominated for and won many awards in various festivals throughout the world. Le Building seamlessly combined 2D with 3D animation and at the student level this was virtually unfathomable. Immediately following his graduation from Gobelins, Olivier was hand picked by Dreamworks Animation to come to Los Angeles and work on the Oscar nominated animated feature and box office success, Kung Fu Panda. As a character animator he is considered a rising star in animation.
Animating frame by frame provides this young artist a unique insight into posing and creating a particular mood while directing his subjects. Olivier possesses an intuitive grasp of color and composition as well as a distinctive photographic perceptiveness into not only directing his subjects but also directing the eye of his audience.
This multifaceted artist, blends his experience and skill from various fields with his innate eye for photography and a passion for all things cinematic. Olivier has had a long time love for photography with broad interests ranging from fashion editorial, ad campaigns and portraits to onset photography.
Olivier just finished lending a technical and creative hand to the recently released, How to Train Your Dragon (2010), and is the Supervising Animator of Puss on the Dreamworks Animation movie Puss In Boots (2011). He is also the onset photographer for an independent sci-fi film in production as well as concurrently pursuing personal endeavors on a variety of projects ranging from photography to music video art direction to short films.
Olivier shoots with a medium format Hasselblad with a digital back Phase One and a 35mm digital Nikon.