From Switzerland to Montbazin: The Story of Jessica Rossier and Bastien Grivet
In the world of visual development, the names Jessica Rossier and Bastien Grivet are making a big stir. This Franco-Swiss couple left their homeland to set up their own business in the small town of Montbazin, in the south of France. Their studio, Wardenlight Studio, has worked on some of the biggest names in the gaming industry, such as Call of Duty: Black Ops III and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. But what really put them on the map was their work on the visuals for the Oscar-winning animated film, Spider-Man: Next Generation.
Jessica and Bastien met in the Arts Professional Training Center in Switzerland while studying art. However, they quickly realized that the teaching offered by the school was not what they were looking for. They wanted to work in the gaming industry, particularly on Star Wars. Jessica became self-taught in digital art and started her own illustration business after leaving school. Alongside her, Bastien worked for Ubisoft and made a name for himself in the gaming industry.
Founding Wardenlight Studio
Jessica and Bastien’s paths crossed in Warner Bros in Canada, and they formed Wardenlight Studio together in 2013, which specialized in concept art. Concept art is the visual foundation of a new universe, whether for a game or a film. It provides the visual representation of scripts and ideas and is an important aspect of the creative process for film and gaming projects.
Spider-Man: Next Generation Consecration
The biggest moment in Wardenlight Studio’s career came when they received a proposal from Disney to work on an upcoming Spider-Man film. The film was Spider-Man: Next Generation, and they were entrusted with creating its artistic touch. Wardenlight Studio was given carte blanche, and they used their unlimited creativity to create a unique visual experience for the film.
After the release of the film, Wardenlight Studio’s fame skyrocketed. They were hired by Bad Robots Games, Nickelodeon, and Netflix to work on various visual development projects, including an animated film created by singer Kid Cudi called Entergalactic.
The journey of Jessica Rossier and Bastien Grivet is one of hard work, passion, and dedication to their craft. From humble beginnings in Switzerland, they’ve built a business known for its creative excellence and imaginative visual designs that have won critical acclaim. The success they’ve achieved is a testament to their desire to keep learning and their willingness to take on new challenges and explore new art forms. One can only imagine what incredible projects this love of art will lead them to in the future.