• JESSICA LAURENT

    Awarded Director and visual Storyteller

  • Showreels

    Here is my Director/General Showreel, a compilation of my personal and professional work done and released so far.

  • SHORT MOVIES I DIRECTED OR CO-DIRECTED

    Siblings

    Personal 2D short movie - Present

    Director

    Work in Progress,(Development phase right now)

    currently in residency at The Open Workshop

    until March 2019.

    VAF 2018

    Director - Sept 2018

    Director, Writer, Designer, Storyboarder, Editor, Layout artist, Animator
    Trailer and whole visual identity for VAF 2018.

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    VAF aka "Viborg Animation Festival" is the biggest animation festival in Denmark. It took place in Viborg from the 24 to 30 of September 2018 and its mascot is the VAF green dog.
    in 2018, Denmark met France at VAF, the exhibition attached to the festival was name "French Kiss" and it has been the starting point of the trailer I did for this festival, as well as its whole visual identity.

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    LOGLINE :

    Two girls in two countries are not as different as they seem to be.

     

     

    Vand

    Director - May 2015

    Director, Editor, Storyboarder and Animator

    In group of 7 at The Animation Workshop (Denmark).

    20 sec 2D animation for the NGO Danish association "Bryd tavsheden" ("break the silence" in danish).

    LOGLINE

    A danish boy has to go through his fears to break the silence of his condition.

    The words at the end mean
    "BREAK THE SILENCE, if you're exposed to child abuse or violence in your couple", and "click and get help".

    Click here to see the making of

    The Tall Tail Tale

    Co-Director - May 2014

    Co Director, Story Director, Animation Lead and Animator

    In group of 6 at The Animation Workshop (Denmark).

    1 min 2D animation targeting to children audience.

    Click here to see the making of

     

    Selected at EfeboCorto Film Festival

     

    My Baby Sitter is a Vampire

    Co-Director - Feb 2013

    Co director, Storyboarder, Animator, Dialogues and character designs

    1 min 3D animation for the Canal J 2013 contest : "My best friend is a vampire".

    In group of 4 at Estienne (France).

     

    Suspense

    Personal 3D short movie - June 2013

    Director and everything else

    3 min 3D animation for my 2013 diploma at Estienne (France).

    LOGLINE

    In a bath a young woman wishes to die but her spirit shows her that the life inside her is stronger that her death desire.

    Click here to see the making of

    The Window

    Co-Director - Feb 2012

    Co Director, Set Builder, Painter, Character Designer, Animator,

    Storyboarder, Camerawoman, Editor and Actress

    4 shorts of 1 min animation for the Tim Burton 2012 contest.

    Done in one month with my Estienne classmates (France)..

     

    Estienne Jingle

    Co-Director - Sept 2012

    Co Director, Storyboarder, Animator

    In group of 3 at Estienne (France).

    3D 10 sec jingle, made in 2 weeks.

    Presentation of the 3D Estienne diploma degree.

     

     

    The Escape

    Co-Director - Sept 2011

    Co Director, Storyboarder, Camerawoman, Actress and Co Editor

    In group of 4 for filming, and 2 for Editing at Estienne (France).

    1min20 live action short movie made in 1 week.

    LOGLINE

    A young man is trying to escape from mysterious people with a white mask.

     

  • WHO I AM ?

    I’m a very active, positive and passionate person who loves to learn. Constantly trying to push my skills, I am fascinated by rhythm.

    I am a Director who want to gather a team of talented artists together to create something bigger than themselves. Working in or with a team is essential for me. I would love to bring hope, tenderness and a new perspective on life to my audience.

     

    I work with :
    Directing
    Story, Ideas development, Scriptwriting, Storyboarding,
    Editing, Cinematography
    Illustration, Concepts and Designs
    2D/3D stop motion Animation

    Teaching, Mentoring


    I am open to any experience related to filmmaking, performances, animation or creation in general.

     

    In my last year of studies I worked as the Editor, Storyboarder, Character Designer, Lead animator and 2D/3D Animator on the mix media music video "Stellar" for the Danish band "Kenton Slash Demon".

    During the fall 2016 I did two internships. First I worked in Filmes Da Praça (Portugal) as Character Designer on the feature film "Nayola" and then I worked in Cartoon Saloon (Ireland) as Shadow Director, Story, Storyboard and Concept artist and Assistant Animator on the features films "WolfWalkers", "Breadwinner", the short film "Late Afternoon" and other secret projects.

     

    I am currently developing a personal 14min 2D short movie "Siblings" at the Open Workshop residency in Viborg (Denmark).

     

     

  • Professional Experiences

    TDA Portfolio course

    Mentor and teacher January-February 2019

    Mentor and Teacher of Storyboard, Drama/Acting, Movement and Character Design for The Drawing Academy portfolio course 2019.

    Viborg (Denmark)

    Storyboard Pro Course

    Teacher September 2018

    Teacher of Cinematography history for the students of the Storyboard Pro Course of the Animation Workshop.

    Viborg (Denmark)

    Nippon Nordic

    Mentor and Teacher September 2018

    Mentor and Teacher of Pitching and Acting for the Nippon Nordic universe accelerator 2018.

    Viborg (Denmark)

    Viborg Animation Festival

    Director and visual artist May-September 2018

    Director of the trailer of the Viborg Animation Festival 2018 and artist responsible of the VAF visual identity of 2018 for VAF 2018.

    Viborg (Denmark)

    TDA portfolio course

    Mentor and teacher January-March 2018

    Mentor and Teacher of Storytelling, Storyboard, Life Drawing and Drama/Acting for the students of TDA portfolio class.

     

    Residency (The Open Workshop)

    Director March 2017 - Mars 2018

    "Siblings" short movie, development phase
    Viborg, Denmark

    OW, TDA and visuel HF

    Mentor and teacher October 2018

    Teacher of Storyboard and Drama/Acting for Open Workshop, The Drawing Academy classical course and Visuel HF.

    Viborg (Denmark)

    Prodigal Pictures

    Story Consultant November 2017-January 2018

    Story consultant on the short film “The Prodigal” Directed by Tod Polson at Prodigal Pictures.

    The Animation Workshop

    Teacher February 2017

    of Drama, Acting and Movement for the students of the Drawing Academy (TDA), part of the Animation Workshop,

    Viborg, Denmark

    Cartoon Saloon

    Shadow Director, Story and Concept Artist, Storyboarder,

    and Assistant Animator Intern

    October 2016 – January 2017

    On the development of the 2D feature film "Wolfwalkers" directed by Tomm Moore,

    on the production of the 2D feature film "Breadwinner" directed by Nora Twomey,
    on the Pre-Production of the short film

    "Late Afternoon" directed by Louise Bagnall

    and on other secret projects.

    Kilkenny (Irlande)

    Praça Filmes

    Character Designer September 2016

    On the development of the 2D feature film "Nayola" directed by José Miguel Ribeiro.

    Montemor O Novo (Portugal)

    "Stellar" music video Bachelor

    Editor, Storyboarder, Character Designer, Animation Lead and 2D/3D Animator​ August 2015 – June 2016

    On the music bachelor video “Stellar” at the Animation Workshop.
    The movie is released in February 2017.

    Viborg (Denmark)

    "Nachthexen", "Dark Dark Wood" and "Whale Heart"

    Extra 2D/3D Animator April – May 2016

    Extra 2D Animator on "Nachthexen" short movie bachelor (top left picture)

    Extra 2D Animator on "Dark Dark Wood" short movie bachelor (down left picture)

    Extra 3D Animator on "Whale Heart" short movie bachelor (right picture)

    at the Animation Workshop.

    All movie are released on February 2017.

    Viborg (Denmark)

    Bryd Tavsheden

    Director, Editor, Storyboarder and Animator May 2015

    on "Vand", 20 sec 2D animation for the NGO Danish association "Bryd tavsheden" ("break the silence" in danish) at The Animation Workshop.

    The words at the end mean "BREAK THE SILENCE, if you're exposed to child abuse or violence in your couple", and "click and get help".

    Viborg (Denmark)

     

    The Animation Workshop

    Consultant and Teacher oct 2015 – March 2016

    On the topics of "Drama, Acting" and "Movement"
    for The Drawing Academy and Visuel HF students

    at The Animation Workshop.

    Viborg (Denmark)

    Wolfox

    Freelance Designer, Illustrator and Animator

    Jan 2015 – August 2016

    Freelance Designer, Illustrator and 2D Animator.

    Paris (France)

    The Animation Workshop

    French Boxing Instructor Sep 2014 – Present

    French Boxing Instructor for extra curriculum activities at The Animation Workshop.

    Viborg (Denmark)

    Canal J Channel

    Co director, Storyboarder, Animator, Dialogues and character designs feb 2013

    On "My Baby Sitter is a Vampire", a 1 min 3D animation,

    for the Canal J 2013 contest "My best friend is a vampire".

    Done at Estienne college.

    Paris (France)

    Dibulitoon

    Character Designer and 3D Animator Intern

    June-July 2012

    Character Designer and 3D Animator Intern on pre-production projects.

    Irun (Spain)

    La Cinémathèque française

    Co Director, Set Builder, Painter, Character Designer, Animator,

    Storyboarder, Camerawoman, Editor and Actress February 2012

    On "The windows", 4 shorts of 1 min animation for the Tim Burton 2012 contest.

    Done at Estienne college.

    Paris (France)

    Arcade

    Guide and Scenography assistance July 2011

    For the castle exhibition "Design for vintage wines" by Arcade.

    Sainte Colombes en Auxois (France)

    Studio Hari

    Intern (Discovery process) June 2009

    on the TV serie "Leon".

    Paris (France)

  • Education

     

    ASF (Animation Without Borders)

    European Animation Development Lan 2017-2018

    4 times 2 weeks in 4 animation school accross Europe to developp Directors, Producers, Screen Writers and Technical Directors in the animation industry.

    at the Filmakademie in Ludwisgburg (Germany),

    at MOME in Budapest (Hungary)

    at The Animation Workshop in Viborg (Denmark)

    and at Gobelins in Paris (France)

    The Animation Workshop

    Bachelor of Arts (BA) Character Animation

    2013-Jan 2017

    In 2017 I graduated from the "Character Animation" bachelor in Viborg (Denmark).
    In first year we focused on 2D animation, in 2nd year on 3D animation and in 3rd year we work on a team project during the whole year.

    In this last year I was the Editor, Character Designer, Storyboarder and Lead Animator on the mix media music video "Stellar". At the end of these three years I did two internships to validate my diploma, in Filmes da Praca (Portugal) and in Cartoon Saloon (Ireland).

    Estienne

    Degree course in Arts and Crafts : 3D Animation (DMA) 2011-2013

    2 years of discovering filmmaking from a 3D animation point of view.
    The diploma ends with the making of a short movie alone in 3D. Mine was "En Suspens" ("In Suspense" in English)

    Paris (France)

    Estienne

    Fine Art Preparation Class 2010-2011

    A year of preparation in art (Design, Illustration, Engraving, Fashion Design, Communication ect.)

    Paris (France)