Colour Script Artist
Background Journeyman Painter
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Joaquim Royo Morales was born in Barcelona, Spain in 1962. He spent his childhood there and enrolled in the University of Fine Arts in Barcelona. At the university, he studied various forms of studio art, but had a particular passion for animation.
In 1980, during his second year of school, Joaquim made his first professional foray into animation. He worked in the Background Department of the Andreo Studio in Barcelona.
Following his training in Spain, he began to work as a freelance artist in Europe throughout the eighties. Joaquim travelled in Germany and England, working in advertising and illustration. For the French television series Il était une fois la vie and Omer, le petit ver, he participated in pre-production.
Joaquim returned to Spain as head of the Background Department for Equipe Studios in Barcelona. While with Equipe, he contributed to the film Mofly, The Last Koala. On the heels of the film’s success, 24 episodes were prepared for Spanish television, and Joaquim continued in his role as supervising background artist.
In 1993, he moved to Paris and the Walt Disney Television Animation Studio. During that year, he contributed to the backgrounds of the studio’s feature project, A Goofy Movie, originally intended for the television but ultimately released in theaters, this film marked the evolution of the studio to the exclusive production of feature films. In 1994 the studio officially became Walt Disney Feature Animation, and has produced ever since the full length “Classics” of the Disney Studio. Joaquim participated in its first short, Runaway Brain, which was nominated for a 1995 Academy Award®.
During the pre-production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, some of Joaquim’s designs were selected for the film’s background atmosphere. Following that feature, he began work on Hercules, and was promoted to Paris Unit Supervisor of the Background Department.
For Tarzan, Joaquim contributed in his role as Artistic Supervisor, taking in charge from a background standpoint entire sequences of the film, be it by visualising the story and color concept through thumbnails or by painting color keys. Along with his team of ten artists, they finally produced 450 backgrounds out of the 1500 composing the film.
Joaquim worked in the same capacity on Atlantis, The Lost Empire, the Disney feature film released in France on November 28th, 2001. For Atlantis, the French studio produced 213 of the 1392 backgrounds in the film.
The Paris studio is then entrusted with the task of elaborating an animation segment of 1mn20s as part of the UNICEF new campaign of sensibilisation for Children’s rights. This segment is integrated in an animation movie issued from the contribution between 14 studios and UNICEF. This project enabled the studio to work more independently. Joaquim was involved on producing some of the backgrounds digitally.
Joaquim kept going with the production of an episode of House of Mousse, a TV series broadcasted on Disney Channel early 2002 as well as some segments of the sequel “Jungle book II”.
Finally the studio started a new project, a short based on an original story developed initially in 1946 by Salvador Dali and Walt Disney. The short entitled “Destino” had never been produced since then. For this project Joaquim acted as a background painter both traditionally for research, and digitally for the backgrounds.
After the closing of the Walt Disney Studios in Paris, Joaquim was transferred at the Disney Studios in California as an Art Director on Tarzan 2.
After this production, Joaquim decided to return to Paris and he had an opportunity to work on the Asterix and the Vikings film with Neomisanimation studio and Curious Georges film with the same studio for the Universal Studios in Hollywood.
He worked for Neomisanimation studio collaborating with Moonscoop studios on Titeuf, le film, while participating in personal art exhibitions in Liege, Lyon and Paris.
After Titeuf, le film Joaquim has been involved on several projects as a concept artist and visual developpement, especially on the feature animated project WILFRED presented on the last festival in Annesy, this summer.
As an avid oil painter and airplane modelist, Joaquim lives in Paris. He exhibited in Tarragone, Madrid, Liège, Lyon, Paris and Barcelona.
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