About Paul & Gaetan

Born in 1951 into an Italian family, twin brothers Paul and Gaetan Brizzi, were raised in Paris, France where they studied at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs. They brought together their passions for Fine Art and Cinema when they decided to become Animation Directors.

In 1974, their first short “ONE” was acclaimed by the critics and perceived as a revelation of the genre by the press.  Winners of the Ministry of French    Culture's prestigious Prix De Rome in 1976, they were invited to reside in Rome for two years at the Villa Medici to direct their second short “Fracture”, winner of several awards at European festivals of animation. Their third short was nominated for a French "Cesar" (the equivalent of the American Oscar).  Paul and Gaetan then founded their own animation production studio, which they ran until 1984, all the while continuing to pursue their personal art.

Paul and Gaetan's reputation encouraged Roman Polanski to contact them to draw the storyboards for his movie “Pirates”. The twins then directed their first feature movie, Asterix et la surprise de Cesar, an adaptation of the beloved French comic book by Uderzo.  In 1986, they launched Brizzi Films and produced animated TV shows.  The Ministry of French Culture decorated them with the title of Chevaliers de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres, a most prestigious honor that France attributes to its best artists every year.

They sold their studio to Disney, and in 1994 moved to Los Angeles to work at the Walt Disney Feature Animation Studio where they directed sequences of Hunchack of Notre-Dame.  Roy Disney, trusting the two brothers' sense for the grandiose, gave them the direction of the final sequence of Fantasia 2000.  With Stravinski's "The Firebird Suite," the Brizzi Brothers created a tale of a forest destroyed by a volcano and then reborn out of the ashes.  The press unanimously acclaimed the piece for its artistic and poetic qualities.

The Brizzi Brothers are then asked by Jeffery Katzenberg at Dreamworks to develop darker projects such as Moby Dick, which was then abandoned following the tragic events of Setpember 2001.

 

After a short period working for Sony Animation, Paul & Gaëtan left the mainstream animation studios to concentrate on their personal projects as well as their paintings.  The two brothers decided to give their imagination a new direction by illustrating a major literary work of art of epic proportions, L'Orlando Furioso by L'ariosto.  The forty six acts became forty six pencil drawings and were shown for the first time at the Italian  Institute of Culture in Los Angeles. In 2004 the exhibit was shown in Lugano, Switzerland and then in Florence, Italy in 2005. The integral work was then sold whole to an art collector.

 

While focusing on their Fine Art from their studio in Paris, the brothers continued to work as freelancers for the Hollywood industry, including Warner Bros and Universal, delivering artistic material for the studio’s visual desevelopment,  character designs and storyboards.

 

In 2006, the Brizzi brothers also launched one of their most ambitious   projects, Ruby Tuesday, a rock opera based on the music of the Rolling Stones. The idea not only caught the interest of Mick Jaeger but also led to the financial support of French director & produceer Lub Besson. Yet the two celebrities, after endorsing the brothers in the creative development of an animated feature, decided to halt the project until further notice, because of  differences they would not move past.

 

The Brizzi brothers currently live in Paris and work on a variety of projects, including the adaptation of a literrary piece of French writer Boris Vian. They recently completed a storyboard of a full-length animated feature  realized  by Rogers Alers (The Lion King), produced by Salma Hayek, and inspired by Khalil Gibran’s book, The Prophet.