Producer / Author / Director
Alexis Lavillat Faux air
When he was 7 years old, Alexis drew fake volumes of Tintin that he filed next to the real volumes on his bookshelves, convinced that his Magnetic Lemon, entirely colored in marker (without going over the lines!), would amaze his friends. At 15, he published his first drawings and comics in national reviews. At 17, he dropped out of the Angouleme Beaux-Arts to earn a living in animation, first as a decorator, then as a story boarder, as a designer, a writer and finally as a director three years later.
In 1994, he decided to strike off on his own and created La Machine, a company that developed and executive produced series, videos and commercials, always in animation.
In 2002, he tackled production by founding N O R M AA L animation. Since then, Alexis has alternately (or simultaneously) worked as a graphic author, designer, screenwriter, director…but always producer on 15 animated series broadcast in France and around the world.
Editorial director / Author / Director
Philippe Traversat Toy boy
After having mixed colors at the Bordeaux Beaux Arts and made an incursion into the ferocious jungle of advertising, Philippe Traversat discovered the fabulous world of animation towards the end of the gleaming 80’s.
Over the years and productions he slid from color settings to black and white writing, until he began creating 3D concepts. From Space Goofs to S H AZZ A M Super 2000, or Welcome to la Maison to France TRUC, Philippe has devoted himself body and soul to serial comedy.
Author, director, and project accompanist, this verbal acrobat has participated in the N O R M AA L adventure since 2004 where, alongside Alexis Lavillat, he has managed the I D E AA L label, the idea factory in charge of the studio’s editorial development.
Marie Lassal Action!
Marie Lassal has successfully combined her studies in law, art history, communication and audiovisual by specializing in television.
She began her career buying kids content for Lagardère Entertainment (GULLI,CANAL J, TIJI), and then worked in programming for M6 Group.
In 2011 she joined MEDIATOON Distribution (Média Participations Group) where she worked in international sales for animation series.
France Télévisions Distribution recruited her in 2014 to handle worldwide sales for
the PEANUTS series produced by N O R M AA L.
From this encounter was born the desire to work in production and Marie decided to put her talents to work by joining the N O R M AA L team as Vice Producer in charge of strategy, financing and promoting and selling the catalogue.
Strategy and International
Christophe Erbes The light side
Christophe Erbes studied mathematics, telecommunications and cultural institution management in Paris. After starting a scientific career in Montreal, he focused on television and worked for Canal+ International (Paris) then as the Youth Programming Director for PREMIERE (Hamburg), Program Director for SuperRTL/Disney (Cologne), Assistant Managing Director at NICKELODEON (Düsseldorf) then as Managing Director at Jetix/DisneyXD in Madrid, London then Munich.
Since 2006, Christophe has been a top-flight international consultant for youth media strategies. He is also the chairman of numerous festivals and conferences on international animation.
Under his pseudonym Theo, he is also the author of children’s books, including the famous OSCAR & HOO illustrated by Michaël Dudok de Wit (Oscar for Best Animated Short in 2000), a bestseller translated into 29 languages.
Damien Lévy The other Snoopy
After having studied animation at Atelier API, in 2009 Damien Lévy then got his first post with N O R M AA L as lay-out man for the series GASTON.
His multi-talented abilities allowed him to quickly accumulate technical experiences, so much so that Damien soon saw himself attributed many delicate tasks as well as many very difficult posts. Whether on a shoe-string budget or with the tightest of deadlines… Damien was always up to the task! And so a vocation was born: he began by managing small-scale teams before then quickly becoming part-time project manager (12 hour days), before in 2013 gaining the overriding responsibility of manufacture at the N O R M AA L studios in Paris and Angoulême.
His title as Line Producer means that Damien can finally enjoy his passion for petits fours. Between two mouthfuls, he supervises the establishment and monitors production budgets and schedules, teams, and technological choices for each new aminated series.
Financial Director and Administrator
Antonio Velasco Beach rider
After studies in accounting and 5 years within a chartered accountancy firm, Antonio Velasco entered the audiovisual and cinematographic sector, first as a production director, and then financial director.
He established his very own consultancy firm, named Téléciné France Conseil, dedicated to seeking funding, tax credit consultancy and administrative management of entertainment industry employees.
Since 2002 he has held the post of financial director at N O R M AA L animation, a company which today produces 3 to 4 series per production cycle (around 2 years), and employs between 80 and 150 people each month.
He is also manager of the S T A N D AA R D studio which specialises in dubbing and sound post-production, as well as Studio Pygmalion, a training and coaching centre for professional actors.
Technical Director / Editor
David Sauve Mc Gyver
From 1992 to 2003, David Sauve has been a giant of TV post-production. Having successively held posts as editor, special effects manager, maintenance engineer, and technical director, he has worked in various companies (PEV Associates / Toutenkartoon / Ramses) specialising in institutional films, documentaries, advertisements, programmes and series.
He specialises in animation post-production and has developed this expertise over many animation series produced by major French studios such as Xilam, Ellipsanime, Télé Images Kids, Marathon, Dupuis audiovisuel and N O R M AA L.
In 2003 the employees of Ramses took over the company and created Ramses 2, a company which was directed by David for 4 years. He continued to bolster collaboration with animation studios until 2013, when he joined N O R M AA L becoming Technical Director, responsible for the laboratory and for post-production.
N O R M AA L Paris Studio Director
Antonia Martineau New-wave girl
Antonia took her first steps in design and animation at the Charpentier Academy before joining the Paris Higher Institute for Fine Arts where she then continued her studies in painting.
As a young graduate, she accepted a small freelance job in animation and then discovered a sector where work was primarily undertaken in workshops and studios. Antonia felt at home and decided to follow her career amongst the various teams in different Parisian studios in the post of animation assistant, lay-out posing and decor, character design and production assistant.
In 2002, she assisted in the establishment of N O R M AA L animation. On the strength of vast expertise in many professions in the animation sector, Antonia naturally took on the establishment of the Parisian studio and showed that a single team can manage the complete production of an animated series.
David Cez Ukulele Maker
David has been an artist and musician since he was old enought to pick up a pencil and pluck a string. In design he sees a way of combining his two lifelong passions: animation, or the art of adding rhythm to drawings.
He made his first steps in his training in a traditional manner at the Ecole Gobelins and in parallel gained his first experience in 2D digital animation using After Effects. David became one of the global pioneers in this method which is so fundamental today in the production of animated series, and he is personally responsible for training many young talents.
Today David Cez is Animation Director for N O R M AA L production, a major role in a studio which produces all of its programmes, and for this reason he likes to occasionally leave his mouse and keyboard to continue to train his eye, hands – and ears – in a more artisanal trade, by designing and making many musical instruments.
Director / Animator / Storyboarder
Pierre Volto Camera maniac
Pierre Volto continued studies in graphic design before suddenly stumbling across the power of animation through the works of Miyazaki.
Pierre then moved towards this means of expression and went to study at the École Gobelins, he then started out in studios as animator and storyboarder on television series.
From 2006, he moved towards direction becoming assistant Director on the feature length film U by Serge Elissalde and Grégoire Solotareff, produced by Prima Linea.
He then joined N O R M AA L taking on responsibility for season 2 of Mandarine & COw in 2009 and, hop hop hop, continued his collaboration with the studio directing the series Copy Cut.
Director, author, designer, Pierre Volto is now focused on developing feature length and series which I am sure you will love.
Artistic Director / Backgrounds and layout artist
Dao Nguyen Longboard girl
Dao Nguyen arrived at N O R M AA L on her roller skates in 2005 bringing with her experience as deputy manager at the Bordeaux firm Black Bunny and a DMA (Arts Diploma) in Animation from the ESAAT in Roubaix.
She started out as digital animator at France Truc before taking on the role of After Effects layout supervisor in 2006 for the series Mandarine & COw. Dao would then go on to hold posts as head of background design and layout manager for many studio productions and pilot shows.
In 2009, along with Ludivine Marques Verissimo she helped to create the design and universe for the series Copy Cut for which she would share in artistic management and screenwriting until 2013.
Since then, Dao has supervised creative teams working at the studio whilst continuing to surf along the Parisian boulevards.
Ludivine Marques Verissimo
Author / Artistic Director
Ludivine Marques Verissimo Magic rat trainer
When the biology faculty refused her ambitious programme to “create unicorn rats”, Ludivine Marques Verissimo instead focused her studies on art, which was much more suitable for her visionary concepts.
Following a Higher Technical Degree (BTS) in Graphic Design and programme of study in Animated Film at the E.M.C.A. in Angoulême, in 2005 Ludivine joined N O R M AA L at just 22 years old, with the honourable title of trainee. However, this was a disastrous experience as her traineeship was shattered in seconds as the studio insisted on recruiting her as fully-fledged animator on France TRUC for the series Mandarine & COw.
From 2009, Ludivine was responsible for character design for Copy Cut, a series which she developed with Dao Nguyen for which she shared in artistic management and screenwriting.
In her spare time, Ludivine Marques Verissimo is faithful to her initial passion and concocts plans to conquer the universe with rat-unicorn-dolphins, which are now giants. But, Ludivine has now gathered a team of professionals to bring her projects to life…
Director / Animator / Inventor
Nicolas Guilloteau Still here !
Nicolas Guilloteau got into animation by the back door at just 17 years old. His art teacher left him in front of a studio with a simple instruction, “if you manage to do something with him he’s all yours, I give up… Do not forget to feed him twice a day and water from time to time”. Nicolas found a chair in the corner of the room and after six months of drawing characters and decor caught the attention of his studio directors who asked him to get involved.
And his career was underway; the near autism from which Nicolas suffered turned out to be an extraordinary opportunity to plunge him into the heart of the After Effects digital animation sector undergoing a vast expansion. He soon became one of the pioneering beta testers.
In 2004, he joined N O R M AA L as designer and animator at France Truc and continued to perfect the 2D digital animation technique. Afterwards, he was entrusted with supervision, both artistic and technical, of digital characters developed by the studio productions.
In 2013, he understood that he had a wife and 7 year old child and finally accepted to move to direction for the Allô series, in Ninou!. Since 2010, Nicolas Guilloteau has also been a guest lecturer at the E.M.C.A. in Angoulême where he trains students in 2D digital animation, since now, for better or for worse, he can talk !
Director / Animator / Storyboarder
Jonathan Mesner Toon addicted
A native of Marseille, Jonathan Mesner jetted off at 15 years old to live in the southern hemisphere and discovered New Caledonia and Australia. Having caught the bug at a very early age due to his father being a photographer, he refined his own sensitivities after coming into contact with many different cultures.
He returned to France in 2002 to get his bachelor’s degree in Art and in parallel to follow a programme of study in electro-acoustics at the conservatory. During this training, Jonathan accumulated many experiences in the audiovisual sector taking part in concerts, photographic exhibitions, or interactive installations. However, he had a clear preference for animation, and in 2006 decided to join the E.M.C.A. in Angoulême so as to perfect his practice in this discipline.
In 2009, he joined N O R M AAL as an animator, and then chief storyboarder and assistant director before in 2014 directing the series S H A ZZ A M super 2000.
Author / Scriptwriter / Storyboarder
Fabrice Hagmann Swiss precision
With a passion for stories, Fabrice Hagmann has always written and drawn, going from one medium to another (comic strips, cinema, video games and animation).
After studies in visual communication in his native Switzerland (Higher Eduction Institute for Art and Design in Geneva), he decided to specialise in audiovisual at the IAD in Belgium. He studied cinema – radio – television production before completing his studies with a Master’s in Screenwriting.
Having never left drawing, he managed to get a foothold in the profession with
N O R M AA L where, since 2011, he has alternated the posts of storyboarder, chief storyboarder, screenwriter and writing director.
Today, Fabrice is continuing, with a clear method and prevision, to activate the various cogs in his creative dynamism by developing his own animations, as well as video games and comic strips.
Composer / Musician
Féloche Badass electro
Anne-Lise Koehler et Eric Serre
Authors / Directors
Anne-Lise Koehler et Eric Serre 100% natural
After having studied Fine Arts, Anne-Lise Koehler and Eric Serre met at the École Gobelins where they studied animated films together. Their friendship would lead to an artistic partnership which would become even stronger through many professional ventures.
Among their most notable collaborations is most certainly their work with director Michel Ocelot. Anne-Lise Koehler as Artistic Director and Chief Set Designer for many of his films, and Eric Serre as Assistant Director.
Anne-Lise’s talent shone through the use of colours and volumes, and Eric’s through the sensitivity and strength of his design and innate sense of organisation.
There is a real complementarity in their animations fuelled by artistic standards which explains the reason why Anne-Lise wanted to entrust Eric Serre with the role of director for “Bonjour le Monde ! ” Hello World ! at N O R M AA L Animation.
Composer / Musician
Laurent Bauer Do, ré, mi...
David Coquard-Dassault Ars gratia artis
Composer / Musician
Denis Cadiou Electro guy
Barbara Weber Scaff
Actress / Voice Casting & Management
Barbara Weber Scaff The voice
At 20 years old, Barbara left the USA and her native New Jersey, landing in France, set on studying mime with the great Marcel Marceau. France became her home from home, and she found her great love… the voice!
Barbara the Mime took a deep breath and dared to play and sing, and she started on stage in Les Misérables at Mogador Theatre and then moved on to produce several musical shows.
In the 2000s, Barbara was on our cinema screens in major French films such as Bon Voyage by J.P. Rappeneau or Arthur & the Invisibles by Luc Besson where she was responsible for the acting and voice of many animated characters. Following this experience, Barbara then specialised in animation and lends her talent to around twenty or so international television series.
Barbara Weber Scaff directs casting and English-language versions of N O R M AA L productions.