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Tiger Talks 🐯 Alexander Modolo, Supervisor Set Surfacing

The Tiger’s Apprentice is now on Paramount+ !

20 February 2024

Welcome to this new Tiger Talk! In today’s edition, we have the privilege of hearing from Alexander Modolo, as he shares insights into his captivating journey and experiences while working on The Tiger’s Apprentice.

  • Can you tell us more about your journey in Animation?

I grew up with my father, who was modeling in 3D. I was always fascinated by seeing an idea take shape in its digital form. My career path, like many others, was full of experiences and involved extensive travel. I started in 2007 as a generalist in advertising until I landed at Mikros Animation on Sherlock Gnomes, where I continue to grow today, thanks to the immense Mikros team and the trust placed in me.

  • What was your role on TA, as Set Surf Supervisor?

Understanding the movie’s look and delivering it on time while taking great care of the team. It was a significant production, and I was honored to have an excellent team that handled textures and materials with passion and energy.

  • How was the collaboration with the directors, creative teams at Paramount, and Mikros teams?

Personally, it was an excellent adventure, although challenging at times. I found great humanity and talent at Paramount, which allowed us to complete the film at our best. Christophe Laurette was an excellent traveling companion, and we received many references that helped the team be solid and fast.

  • What were the main artistic and technical challenges on TA?

I would say the stylized look of the film. The most challenging part was producing textures and materials that fit the world of Tigers Apprentice, and the entire Mikros team excelled in this. After many tests and patience, we all managed to find the right visual recipe for the film together.

  • What is your favorite scene?

My favorite scene is undoubtedly the Hu Antique Shop. It is the first location we started, full of objects and colors in which emotions flow. Reproducing the same style between different artists is never easy, but the team was magnificent on this. My favorite character is Hu, like all the big guys who ultimately turn out to be great friends and full of love.

  • What are you most proud of on TA?

Tiger Apprentice is a lot! A personal challenge as it was my first production as a supervisor, a success with the team because we took care of each other, creating a wonderful mood, and technically successful because many new techniques were developed during the film.

  • Describe the film in 3 words 😊

Energy, Love, and Magic!

  • Any final word?

I am grateful for having been able to work closely with so many beautiful people who have helped me and whom I have helped along the way! Thanks to the entire Surfacing team for the amazing work and to all the Mikros team that was able to deliver this magical movie.

Thanks Alexander!