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Mentor of the Day: Frederic Durand

Frederic_Speed-Racer-2008Over the past few years, we have been privileged to have Frederic Durand as one of mentors.  The only mentor we’ve ever had offering his time to teaching lighting.

As a professional VFX artist, Frederic has extensive experience in lighting, texturing, scripting, shaders writing, and generalist applications across feature films, television, and commercial photoreal development environments. Frederic has worked on projects for companies like Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Heineken, and Nintendo to name a few.  In addition, he’s worked on films such as The Mummy, Speed Racer,  Surf’s up, Harry Potter 2, Shark Tale, Chicken Little, and Open Season, which are just a few in his long career.

If you haven’t seen his reel before, you’ll definitely want to check it out below.

Furthermore, Frederic has over ten years of experience in teaching VFX methods at various institutions, focusing on lighting techniques, history of computer graphics, and typography.   Not only does Frederic mentor with Motivarti, but he also teaches at The Gnome Workshop and the Hollywood CG School of Digital Arts.

Be sure to swing by his website and look at all the amazing info he offers up in his before and after studies.  Frederic has continuously been one of the most patient mentors we’ve ever had.  His past mentees have had nothing but wonderful things to say (see their words here , here and here ).

Frederic is open to sharing his experience with anyone wanting to learn lighting regardless of their experience.  So don’t pass this opportunity to learn one on one with a master!

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