Ludovic Gavillet, together with his wife and newborn son, made the move from Switzerland to Kilkenny to work with Lighthouse Studios – and he hasn’t looked back since!
I’m originally from Switzerland but moved to Kilkenny in mid-November of last year with my wife and newborn son.
Before the move, I was working in Paris where I became very interested in a project by Kilkenny animation company, Cartoon Saloon. It’s a feature film that I’ll actually be working on later this year but right now I am very excited to be involved in Lighthouse Studios’ first-ever TV series.
The move involved a lot of planning and took a year to come to fruition. My wife and I visited in April to check the city out and meet people from the Lighthouse Studios. Then my son was born in the summer, which definitely made the move a lot more tricky!
It was the perfect decision for our family. Kilkenny is a lot smaller than Paris and more family-friendly. Like any move, it took a little while to settle in, but we love it here already. We love walking around the city and visiting the castle, as well as exploring more of what Ireland has to offer.
One of the great things about living in Kilkenny is that we’re not that far from our families in France and Switzerland. It’s only a few hours on an airplane, which means they can come visit us or we can go see them. I was offered other jobs in Canada and the US, but Kilkenny was much more appealing to my family.
It’s magnificent to have two animation studios in this small town, and they are both incredibly talented. It’s a very exciting time in my family’s life.
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