Art Director & Motion Designer Remi Vincent
Art Director & Motion Designer Remi Vincent
Author: Ben Libby, Creative Director, Bear Notch Studio
Contributing Author: Remi Vincent, Art Director
Happy Friday! We’ve been busy in the studio preparing our new name, refreshed brand, and website! We hope everyone will love it. If anyone goes through constant change, it will be Remi Vincent, a Montreal based art director and motion designer. We love his work on social media, and thought we’d interview him.
[Bear Notch Studio]: Thanks for joining our interview! You have an extensive history of art & design, can you tell us how old you were when you crafted your first piece of art?
[Rémi Vincent]: Hey! Thanks a lot for having me! I’ve always created things, no matter the medium, but mainly it was from drawing when I was a kid, I remember doing giant paper rolls with exotic cities from my imagination.
[BNS]: As you grew up, was art important in your childhood and teen years? Did your parents influence you in becoming an artist?
[RV]: Not at all. My mom was a nurse, and my dad was in accounting. I had the perfect childhood in the 80s, in a small city south of France. I did not get to go too many museums, but seeing different works of art around the city inspired me.
[BNS]: Do you have any notable works of art or design in your high school years? Any achievements or awards?
[RV]: Believe it or not, I don’t! It’s cool to see something you did 15 years ago, 10 years ago, or 5 years ago and see how you would have done it differently now, since you have more experience.
[BNS]: What was your pivotal moment in wanting to pursue art, design, and animation into college? Also, can you tell us your favorite artist (any era)?
[RV]: I didn’t expect to do motion design at the time, it was around 2006, and I fell in love with MTV Bumpers, it was the first time I saw the possibility of animating and graphic design.
[BNS]: Was it hard transitioning to digital animation?
[RV]: I had my first experience with keyframes with Macromedia Flash, it taught me the skills I need to transition to Adobe After Effects.
[BNS]: You currently live in Montréal, one of my favorite cities for photography! What’s a day in the life for you? Can you tell us a great touristy thing to do for those coming to YUL for the first time? Also, can you tell us the best place to grab coffee?
[RV]: Montréal has a special vibe, since it’s the most European city in North America. A nice melting pot with people from around the world. It’s very easy to pick a random country and find a restaurant to eat since it’s authentic French cuisine.
I ride my bike all year long, even in Winter, this is a typical day for me, haha.
I do recommend Igloofest during winter, or a lot of festivals during Summer if you’re around here for the first time. Don’t forget that Quebec has a lot of microbreweries and it’s own specialty with is called Poutine.
There’s a lot of coffee places, so it’s hard the chose only one, but I like Café Falco because they siphon coffee or Club Expresso with is a great coffee and a bike atelier at the same time.
[BNS]: What type of music do you listen to for your creative flow? And, what’s it like designing animated screens for these musical artists?
[RV]: It depends on the given mood! Here’s some of my favorites in my Spotify playlist. And definitely if I’m doing visuals for an artist, I have to listen to his music a lot before and during the creation.
[BNS]: Failure is often a key to success, did you ever work on a project and it turned out to be a major failure or complete disaster? What did you learn about yourself? What pushes you to become a better artist?
[RV]: Sure! Sometimes you’re just not a good fit of what the client is looking for, it’s never the fault of one or other part, it’s like a relationship, you have to keep excellent communication and be very clear in your process. Since animation and motion design is a long process, you don’t want to change everything in the last minute and re-do everything, you have to communicate your intentions with storyboard, style frames, animatic before doing the real animation.
[BNS]: College Degree. Necessary or Unneeded?
[RV]: It depends on you, is a degree worth it to you? Discipline is necessary, with or without a college degree.
[BNS]: So far in your career as an Art Director, Animator, Motion Designer, and Graphic Designer, what have been your top highlights as a growing member of the art community?
[BNS]: Do you have any insight, advice, tips, or tricks for those young artists, designers, and animators coming up?
Do your research, be motivated, be involved.
Rémi Vincent is a freelance creative based in Montréal, QC, Canada. For over 12 years, he has been creating visuals for musicians, organizations and large scale events. He graduated from the famous GOBELINS school in multimedia conception and direction.
Montréal is community of art and inspiration, actually it’s classified city of design by UNESCO, these are his favorite places :