Gregory Stoffel

What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Gregory Stoffel. I’m a lead 3d artist working on simulation projects for a japanese company here in Vietnam and a freelance artist working mostly for advertising.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I have been traveling around Australia for 2 years and did a lot of hard, dirty, crazy jobs at that time but I think cleaning bricks outside, it was freezing cold and raining was one of the worst job I ever had…good it lasted only for 3 days.

How did you become interested in animation?
Probably the first time I watched Toy story, then get my hand on 3dsmax R3 a bit later and never stop since then.
Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I’m from Belgium, after traveling to Australia, I went to Vietnam, gave my demoreel to a director a met , the next day I got a call for an interview in a post-production house, and started working there 2 days after that.
What’s a typical day like for you with regards to your job?
I arrive around 9am, prepare coffee, check some website for inspirations, news,video games websites,…check the to do list for the day and start working on my projects, and as lead I help the other members of the team if they have questions, issues, make sure everything works smoothly,trying to improve our workflow, some meetings, new projects estimations,… then come back home around 7pm.

What part of your job do you like best? Why?
Always new things to learn, I spend a lot of time reading tutorials. Making of,trying to find new ways to do something better, faster,..i think that’s what keeps this job interesting and motivating for me, also my job is my passion, so I rarely feel like I’m working, i just enjoy what I do.

What kind of technology do you work with on a daily basis?
I work on pc, Wacom tablet and for the software, 3dsMax, After effects, Mudbox and Photoshop.

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