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PIERRE COFFIN (Directed by) studied cinema at the Paris-­Sorbonne Uni­versity between 1985 and 1988. While engaged in his military service, he with­ drew in order to sit for the Gobelins entrance exam. He succeeded and followed the 2D course from 1990 to 1993. Coffin then moved to England and worked for one year as a junior animator at Amblimation, Steven Spielberg's animation studio. Back in France, he worked as a freelance CG artist for the National Center of Pedagogical Documentation, helping to create various educational programs for French television.

In 1996, Coffin began working at Ex Machina, the leading animation company at the time. He became lead animator, then head of animation, and worked on short films including Flying Fish Tobby Who Aimed for the Stars. But it was with his short film Pings (1997) that his style was recognized. Shortly thereafter, he co­directed, with Soandsau, a commercial for Pastille Vichy.

He joined Wanda Productions as an animation director and then Passion Pictures, which works hand in hand with Mac Guff Ligne on all its CG commercials. While there, he worked on several commercials, as well as a miniseries for BBC 1 (part of The Lenny Henry Show) called Polar Bears. Recognized as the "animal-­commercial director," Coffin is famous for commercials including "Dede" (for the Francaise des Jeux, the largest French lottery), Caisse d'Epargne (a leading French bank) and, recently, Oasis.

In 2007, Coffin directed a seven­minute teaser for his feature film Bones Story (Les Films d'Antoine/Mac Guff Ligne). He also directed Pat et Stanley, which was awarded the Special Prize for a TV Series at France's 2009 Annecy International Animation Festival.

From 2008 to 2010, Coffin directed, with Chris Renaud, Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's animated hit Despicable Me, the 10th highest­grossing film in the U.S. domestic box office in 2010. For their work, they received an Annie Award nomination for Directing in an Animated Feature Production. Coffin also directed the Annie Award-­winning 3D ride Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, which opened at Universal Orlando Resort in July 2012.

He is currently in production directing Minions, an original animated film starring Oscar winner Sandra Bullock and Jon Hamm, which will be released on December 19, 2014.


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