In 1995, Éric Warin obtained his diploma from l’École des Beaux Arts de Nantes.
Upon arriving in Montreal in 1999 he worked on the creation of the much-celebrated animated film Les Triplettes de Belleville directed by Sylvain Chomet. Éric was responsible for creating over 400 characters for the Tour de France sequence. He then entered the world of video games, working for UbiSoft on the creation of the characters for Prince of Persia as well as the storyboards for all the filmic scenes.
He is currently Artistic Director for the video game company A2M where he is responsible for creating the esthetic outcome of the games and directing the animation from beginning to end for all the Cut-Scenes.
In parallel, Éric has also started a painting practice with a permanent exhibition of his artwork at the Galerie Artebella on Crescent Street in Montreal. He has created series of paintings, amongst others, on flamenco (Paris Exhibition, France December 2008) and on the Montreal Canadiens (the original inspiration for Alex and the Ghosts).
Catherine Boivin graduated with a BFA specialized in design for the theater from Concordia University in 2005. She worked as an assistant designer for two years before returning to university to pursue her education in graduate school. In 2004 she acted as storyboard artist for the musical stage production of Don Juan directed by Gilles Maheu, and in 2005 she completed an internship at the Cirque du Soleil. As assistant designer, she worked for Ana Cappelluto on the stage productions Bye Bye Baby (2004), Black’s Don’t Bowl (2006) and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (2007), amongst others.
Currently, for her masters research project, she is conducting case studies with the Cirque du Soleil and Robert Lepage. Alex and the Ghosts allows her to explore another artistic field that fascinates her, film production. Catherine is a determined young creator and producer who was inspired by Éric Warin’s paintings to leave her own Habs Centennial legacy.
Since graduating from the National Theater School of Canada, Vincent Côté works in theater as an actor, writer and director. He worked in youth theater across Quebec with the Youtheatre of Montreal and Théâtre Parminou. He is co-founder of Point d’Exclamation Théâtre which presented Le Doux Parfum du Vide at the 2005 Festival de Théâtre des Amériques. Recently he has appeared in Eugène Ionesco’s Rhinocéros directed by Jean-Guy Legault at the TNM.
As author, he wrote Odyssées de l’espace, a science-fiction play produced by Théâtre du Vaisseau d’Or, a company for which he is also administrative director. For three years this company has been touring another show, Théâtre Extrême by Jean-Guy Legault, across Quebec and Canada. Finally, Vincent also acts as artistic director for the student theater troupe at the Jean-de-Brébeuf College. Alex and the Ghosts is his first screenplay.
Patrick Béland graduated from ITI in production of multimedia applications (2002) and in 2D/3D animation and online interactivity (2004).
As web designer and integrator, Patrick developed interactive projects for Eskimo Design. He then joined the team at Motto Studio as web integrator and project manager for over a hundred clients. In video production, he participated in the creation and animation of music videos for the companies Neon, Produkt, and Geodezik for internationally renowned performers. As artistic director, he uses his 10 years of experience as a visual artist and muralist to create posters, flyers and t-shirts for his own clients and for Boogaloo Brothers, a ready-to-wear clothing company he co founded.
In 2008, Patrick entered the fields of film and advertising while working at Fake Studio as compositing artist. He worked on projects like Volkswagen.ca, advertisements for Molson Dry, feature films like The Young Victoria and Red Cliff. The Alex and the Ghosts project is an opportunity for him to combine his interest in creative endeavors and his newfound passion for the world of film.
Originally from Toronto, Blair Thomson studied piano from the age of three and began seriously composing as a young teenager, at which time he completed his studies in piano and theory from the Royal Conservatory of Music. He graduated from York University in composition before studying ethnomusicology and philosophy of mind as a graduate student. His research was guided by James Tenney and David Lidov and focused on both acoustics and the music of John Cage.
Before moving to Montréal in 1995, he was active as a composer, pianist and conductor in the Toronto contemporary music scene. Blair has also composed extensively for theatre, dance, opera, musical theatre, and television. As an arranger, he has signed arrangements for the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Cairo Symphony Orchestra, CBC Radio Orchestra, I Musici de Montréal, and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, including a rereading of the music of Michel Rivard. Recent commissions include a septet for Musica Camerata Montréal for a concert spotlighting composers from Montreal in 2009. He is presently working on commissions for the wind ensemble Pentaèdre and a dance work for the choreographer Louise Bédard, both premiering in 2010.