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Under the Mikroscope 🔍 Mickaël Nauzin – Senior Character Animator at Mikros Animation Paris

20 March 2023

Mikros Animation Paris’ teams under the Mikroscope! We asked them 8 questions so that you can get to know them, their world and their successes. At the end, they in turn pass the baton to one of their colleagues so that another person can answer the same questions!

Nominated by his colleague Anna Kern, it’s the turn of Mickaël Nauzin, Senior Character Animator to answer our questions. Here are his answers:

What is the best part of your job?

For me, what I like are two things!
The first is something personal, being able to be alone with my imagination in front of my workstation and good music. Being the character I am animating. I have the feeling that animation is similar to role-playing which makes my work very playful.
The second is to be with passionate, talented and different people. Meeting new people is essential in my job. 

What was the first project you worked on when you joined Mikros Animation?

I have been working at Mikros Image since 2003 and my first animation project was Asterix, the Mansions of the Gods. Before that there was Logoroma!

Share your student and professional background to get to your position at Mikros Animation!

I am certainly not a good example to follow because I am self-taught.
I was in a video club, and I had the chance to make a short film. I hated filming. Then I got interested in 3D and I quickly understood that I could make things without the constraint of shooting. I didn’t get my baccalaureate and I had to enter professional life very quickly. Nevertheless, I continued to work in 3D (evenings after work and weekends) and made a short film. In 2003 I quit my job to realize my dream, working in special effects and animation. With my short film in my pocket, I went to see Mikros and they liked my atypical profile. Mikros invested time in me and very quickly I found myself in production. Afterwards, I became head of animation at the studio, and I was director of animation on Logorama and one thing led to another and Mikros Animation grew.  

What inspires you or who inspires you?
Cinema, novels. And above all, to observe!

If you had to be a character in Mikros Animation’s films and series, who would you be?
Otis in Thelma the Unicorn. I can’t talk about it, the film isn’t out yet 😉

Your biggest achievement so far?
The Logorama project with its success for Mikros and that my dream has come true, Mikros image has become a big animation studio!

What would be your superpower?
Not needing to “sleep too much” to have time to do lots of stuff and extend my days…  

What advice would you give to your younger self? 
Trust yourself and work at school… I would have saved a lot of time if that had been the case!

It’s your turn to name someone from Mikros Animation Paris, to answer these 8 questions!  

Yannick Honoré, your turn (don’t be shy!)

Do you want to join our Parisian teams? Apply here!