Olivier Cotte

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Olivier Cotte
Olivier Cotte at Utopiales 2015 in Nantes, France
Cotte at Utopiales 2015 in Nantes, France
Born (1963-06-20) 20 June 1963 (age 57)
Soisy-sous-Montmorency, France
OccupationAnimation historian, graphic novelist and director
LanguageFrench, English

Olivier Cotte (born 20 June 1963) is a French film director, writer, graphic novel author, illustrator, and animation historian.


After studying music, ballet, fine arts and films, and directing his first film at the age of 14, he worked 15 years in the industry as director, flame artist and director of special effects, with such people as Wim Wenders (Until the End of the World), Roman Polanski (Death and the Maiden), Costa-Gavras (Mad City), Bob Swaim (The Climb), Josiane Balasko (Un grand cri d'amour), Jaco van Dormael (The Eighth Day), Leos Carax (Pola X), and Matthieu Kassovitz (Assassin(s)).

As critic and historian Olivier Cotte is the author of several works about animated films, including a technical and historical encyclopedia about animation worldwide, monographs on film directors, and a book on Oscar-winning animated short films. He also has translated into French 'The Animator's Survival Kit' by Richard Williams, written several technical works and over a hundred articles for magazines. He collaborates with numerous international animation festivals and cinematheques, and lectures at Gobelins, Ecole Supérieure de Réalisation Audiovisuelle, l'Eesa, Film Academy Baden-Wuerttemberg, Waide Somme, European Animation Master Class, Taiwan Film Center, Communication University of China, and others.

Olivier Cotte has directed several short films, mainly in animation, or mixing animation and live action.

He is also a writer and author of graphic novels.


Graphic novels[edit]

Theater plays[edit]

  • Anamnèse de la chair, in Anthologie des Utopiales. Éditions ActuSF, 2018.

Short stories[edit]

  • La prison, 1992
  • Intersection-dissection, 1992
  • Naître ou ne pas naître, 1992
  • Petit traité du vide entre les étoiles, 1992
  • La tarte aux pommes, 1992
  • Ciel pur, 1992
  • Le port, 1993
  • Prise en passant, in Anthology 42, compiled by Jeanne-A Debats, Éditions Parchemins & Traverses, 2015.

Film bibliography[edit]

  • Il était une fois le dessin animé, an encyclopedia about worldwide animation. Foreword by Jean-Claude Carrière. Dreamland, 2001, (out of print).
  • Utiliser After Effects pour émuler une multiplane traditionnelle in Les cahiers du designer; les cahiers de Gobelins, l'école de l'image, collective work. Éditions Eyrolles, 2003.
  • Réaliser un film sur After Effects in Les cahiers du designer; After-Effects, collective work. Éditions Eyrolles, 2004. Translated in espagnol: Conseguir animaciones y efectos especiales. Éditions CEAC tiempoLibre, 2005.
  • Secrets of Oscar-winning Animation: Behind the scenes of 13 classic short animations. Focal Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-240-52070-4. In French: Les Oscars du film d'animation. Eyrolles, 2006. In Japanese: コマ撮りアニメーションの秘密―オスカー獲得13作品の制作現場と舞台裏. Editions Graphic-Sha, 2008. In corean: 오스카 애니메이션 올리비에 코트 | 역자: 나호원 | 다빈치. In Spanish: Los Oscars de dibujos animados, Ediciones Omega 2009.
  • Chapters Le cinéma d’animation andt La typographie in Dictionnaire mondial des images, collective work. Nouveau Monde éditions, 2006.
  • B is for Bordo, bilingual (English/Croatian) monograph, collective work. SKD Prosvjeta, Zagreb, 2006.
  • La vidéo de A à Z: réalisez vos films comme un pro! Compétence Micro, 2007. In Spanish: Vídeo de la A à la Z: Crea peliculas como los profesionales. Know ware, PC-cuadernos, 2008.
  • The beginnings of the Asifa in 50th Asifa Anniversary, The Animation Art and The History of Asifa, collectif. Asifa Publication (in english), 2011.
  • Travaux pratiques avec After Effects. Editions Dunod, 2011.
  • Mieux comprendre After Effects in Savoir tout faire en animation 2D et 3D, collective work. Éditions Oracom, 2011.
  • Michaela Pavlatova in Animating the Unconscious, Desire, Sexuality and Animation, collective work. Wallflower Press, 2012.
  • Les grandes fonctions d’After Effects in Savoir tout faire en vidéo: le Motion Design, collective work. Éditions Oracom, 2012.
  • Écrire pour le cinéma et la télévision : Structure du scénario, outils et nouvelles techniques d'écriture créative. Editions Dunod, 2014.
  • 100 ans de cinéma d'animation, encyclopedia about worldwide animation. Éditions Dunod, 2015.
  • french chapter writer in Animation - A World History de Giannalberto Bendazzi. Focal Press, 2015.
  • Dark Vador vs Monsieur Spock (co-written with Jeanne-A Debats). Foreword by Alan Dean Foster. Éditions Dunod, 2016.
  • Le grand livre des techniques du cinéma d'animation, Foreword by Peter Lord. Éditions Dunod, 2018. ISBN 978-2100777785


  • David Ehrlich, citizen of the world, bilingual (English/French) monograph. Dreamland, 2002. ISBN 2-910027-80-5
  • Jorge Luis Borges, une autre littérature, by Jean-François Gérault. Collaboration to the filmography. Encrage/Les Belles Lettres, 2003.
  • Georges Schwizgebel, animated paintings, trilingual (English/French/German) monograph. Heuwinkel, 2004. ISBN 3-906410-18-8
  • Filmographie animée in Sciences & fictions à Peyresq, Citoyennetés spéculatives, collective work. Éditions du Somnium, 2016.
  • La figure de Watson dans les adaptations audiovisuelles in Sherlock Holmes, un nouveau limier pour le XXIe siècle, collective work. PUR Rennes / Colloque de Cerisy, 2016.
  • Rowing Across the Atlantic by Jean-François Laguionie in 40 Years of Ottawa: Collected Essays on Award-Winning Animation, collective work (in english). Ottawa festival edition, 2016.
  • Tim Burton and the Animated Film in Tim Burton : A Cinema of Transformations, collective work (in english). Presses universitaires de la Méditerranée, 2018.


  • Techniques d'animation, translation of Richard Williams' book The Animator's Survival Kit. Eyrolles 2003.
  • Créez vos propres animations en Stop Motion, translation of Melvyn Ternan's book. Dunod, 2014.
  • Composer ses images pour le cinéma : Structure visuelle de l'image animée, translation of Bruce Block's book. Éditions Eyrolles, 2014.
  • Métier : Réalisateur - Quand les maîtres du cinéma se racontent, translation of Mike Goodridge's book. Éditions Dunod, 2014.
  • Story - Ecrire des dialogues pour la scène et l'écran, translation of Robert McKee's book. Éditions Armand Colin, 2017.
  • Story - Ecrire un scénario pour le cinéma et la télévision, technical correction of the previous translation of Robert McKee's book. Éditions Armand Colin, 2017.


  • Cover of the anthologie 42, compiled by Jeanne-A Debats, Éditions Parchemins & Traverses, 2015.
  • Cover and inside illustration of Dark Vador vs Monsieur Spock (also co-written with Jeanne-A Debats. Dunod, 2016.
  • Cover of the anthologie Frontières, compiled by Simon Bréan. Éditions Parchemins & Traverses, 2017.


  • Mac OS X Lion. Editions Oracom, 2012.
  • Mac Office, collective work. Editions Oracom, 2012.
  • La photo de portrait, collective work. Editions Oracom, 2012.
  • Débuter et progresser en photographie, collective work. Editions Oracom, 2013.
  • Le guide des usages Mac, collectif. Éditions Oracom, 2014.

newspapers : regular contributions[edit]

  • iLive
  • Création Numérique
  • Pixel
  • Le technicien du film
  • CreaNum
  • Movie Creation


  • Concerto pour une image, writer/director short film S8 mm., 1977
  • Le justicier, writer/director short film 16 mm., 1984
  • Monsieur TiVi script writer (animated TV series), 1984–85
  • Documentary about CGI director (made for the Futuroscope), 1997
  • Oniric séquence for "L'annonce faite à Marius", integrated in the feature film directed by Armelle Sbraire, 1997
  • Terra Incognita, writer/director short film 35 mm interpreted by Michael Lonsdale, 1995
  • Fukushima 'The Mermaid', director, short film, 2005
  • Fukushima 'The Fox', director, short film, 2006
  • Fukushima 'Kohatayama', director, short film, 2006


Contribution to the bonus (interviews or booklets writing)

  • Grave of the Fireflies (Isao Takahata). 2004, Wild Side Vidéo
  • Jan Svankmajer Vol.1 (Jan Svankmajer). 2005, Chalet Films
  • Astérix, the Gaumont trilogy (René Goscinny). 2005, Gaumont Vidéo
  • Jan Svankmajer Vol.3 (Jan Svankmajer). 2007, Chalet Films
  • Nuvole e mani. Il cinema animato di Simone Massi. 2014, Minimum Fax.


  • Public prize at Imola festival for Terra Incognita
  • Best script for L'ultime défi de Sherlock Holmes at Festi'BD 2011.
  • Prix Lucioles BD 2011 for L'ultime défi de Sherlock Holmes.
  • Award for Special Contribution to Animation Research, at the World Festival of Animated Film - Animafest Zagreb in 2012.

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