|The front of Gobelins. It's next to a street called Gobelins near central Paris.|
But everyone knows this about Paris. You know it's classy. You know it's romantic. You know it's fashionable. But what people from outside the animation world don't quite realize is that there's cutting-edge, first-class animation talent here and it's in the form of the students of respected Gobelins school. I'm a CalArts grad and we always swooned over what we saw on the Internet what the kids at Gobelins were doing. It was nice to hear from their students that the feeling is mutual about us.
Every frame from a Gobelins film is fun and beautiful.
A new friend of mine, the very talented Ricky Cometa, was kind enough to introduce me to "Gobeliners" (I'm not sure what they call themselves... I would love to be called a Goblin personally, but I dare not bestow that onto them). All of them were warm and again, extremely talented. They were smart as well. I got the sense that they accepted me as family simply because we shared the love of animation, which was especially refreshing in France where tourists (especially American tourists) are aplenty and it's probably not something the locals embrace with both arms.
I was impressed by both the quality of the work I saw and their spirit of collaboration. It's something they don't teach at CalArts - how to work in a team - and I think the exchange program is valuable in exposing at least one or two of its students to this experience (before being thrown in the work environment).
So CalArts kids who are reading this, I wholly endorse trying out the exchange program if you're thinking about doing it. Ricky would probably attest to it as well: what I saw there was nothing short of mind-blowing.