Michel Gagné was born in Québec, Canada and studied animation at Sheridan College School of Visual Arts in Ontario, Canada. Renowned for his unique vision, Michel has lent his talent to several animation companies, such as Don Bluth Studios, Warner Bros., Disney, Pixar, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, etc. His creative work can be seen in over twenty feature films including “The Iron Giant”, “Osmosis Jones” and “Ratatouille”. Aside from his studio work, Michel is a determined entrepreneur who has created work in a wide range of media, from live performances to gallery exhibits. With video game veteran, Joe Olson, he created the critically acclaimed video game, “Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet” which was released in 2011.
He has been recognized by his peers with a BAFTA, an Annie Award, and has received numerous prizes and nominations from the animation, video game and comics industries. One of his short films, “Sensology”, was short listed for an Academy Award in 2010. He lives peacefully with his wife and dog, in Bellingham, WA.
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In the summer of 2013, composer Gheorghe Costinescu commissioned artist Michel Gagné to create an animated abstract visualization based on his 1973 work, “Dots, Lines, and Patches for recorded electronic sounds”. This film is the result.
The Saga of Rex Part 1: Abduction
A little fox named Rex is plucked from his home world by a mysterious spaceship and transported to the arcane world of Edernia, where he meets Aven, an enigmatic biomorph.
Abstract interpretation of a jazz duet between pianist Paul Plimley and bassist Barry. This film, animated straight ahead without the aid of storyboards, affirms Kandinsky’s claim, that every shape and sound have an equal vibration in the soul.