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Olivier Cefai
Olivier Cefai
3D FX Artist and Motion Designer since 2006
Nyon, Switzerland

Hi,

I'm a senior 3D and motion designer based in Switzerland.

Over the last 16 years, I've worked primarily in the niche field of "Design Fiction" for technology innovations, creating dozens of 3D CG short films and motion design videos showcasing consumer appliances, drinks, health sciences, IP, and even fashion products.

The majority of my productions are confidential and cannot be disclosed online because they feature industrial design secrets. I have worked for brands like NESTLE, NESPRESSO, NESTLE WATERS, CHANEL, ROLEX, TAG HEUER, SICPA, SISVEL, NOVARTIS, CARAN D'ACHE or WIPO.

------------------- Expertise
Specific expertise in visual effects, procedural design, particles systems, fluids, smokes, powders, rigid bodies, soft bodies, and cloth simulation, on multiple software (but primarily Houdini now, including VEX and Python).

I have extensive experience in modeling, digital sculpting, rendering, and compositing. And of course 2D and 3D motion design.

What sets me apart is the ability to handle entire motion design projects workflows by myself, often starting before any brief is available! I do the art direction, write scripts for voiceovers, design, model, code, texture, bake, rig, animate, stage, render, composite, edit and even do sound design!

------------------- Software
// High proficiency (>10,000 hours):
Houdini (incl. VEX & Python) • Zbrush • Clo3D/Marvelous Designer • Redshift • After Effects • Davinci Resolve • Mocha Pro • Affinity Designer • Capture One

// Additional companions software I use regularly in production:
Substance Painter, Moi3D, RizomUV, Cinema4D, X-Particles, Blender, Trapcode, Stardust, Keyshot, Shapr3D, Gravity Sketch, and Cavalry.

I also worked many years (but not anymore) on Fusion, 3dsmax, Realflow, Vray, Rhino, Modo, Combustion, and have been an official Autodesk Instructor from 2007 to 2009. In December 2020, I was one of the winners of the X-Particles Challenge (4th place).

Skills

Visual EffectsFluid SimulationParticle EffectsMotion GraphicsDigital SculptingLook DevelopmentCharacter Modeling3D VisualizationIndustrial DesignMarketing IllustrationScientific AnimationGame DesignVoxel artMiniaturesBrandingVideo ProductionWeb Design

Software proficiency

Houdini
Houdini
Redshift
Redshift
Marvelous Designer
Marvelous Designer
ZBrush
ZBrush
Blender
Blender
Cinema 4D
Cinema 4D
Substance 3D Painter
Substance 3D Painter
After Effects
After Effects
DaVinci Resolve
DaVinci Resolve
Mocha
Mocha
Affinity Designer
Affinity Designer
Keyshot
Keyshot
Blackmagic Design Fusion
Blackmagic Design Fusion
MagicaVoxel
MagicaVoxel
X-Particles
X-Particles
MoI3D
MoI3D
Gravity Sketch
Gravity Sketch
Tilt Brush
Tilt Brush
Marmoset Toolbag
Marmoset Toolbag
RizomUV
RizomUV