We specialize in developing professional-grade creative software applications dedicated to motion design, visual effects (VFX), and mass personalized video production.
Our mission is to provide motion graphics and VFX professionals with fast, reliable, streamlined tools that improve industry workflows and simplify complex tasks. We believe that your creativity should be at the forefront and shouldn’t be limited by the need for programming skills or outdated and unresponsive applications. We are committed to listening to users and making sure that their needs are not only met but exceeded.
Left Angle was founded by software developer Alexandre Gauthier-Foichat and graphic designer François Grassard in 2019 with the mission of providing a modern, reliable solution for creating motion graphics and VFX projects.
Alexandre first got acquainted with the world of VFX when he worked as a research and development (R&D) engineer in computer vision, focusing on practical tasks in digital compositing including tracking moving objects, background subtraction, stereo calibration, and 3D camera pose estimation. He spent a large amount of time and energy working on a node-based compositing system during which he became a member of the Open Effects Association. It’s through this association that he connected with RE:Vision Effects, an Academy Award-winning plug-in developer and the exclusive distributor of Autograph. Alexandre began contributing to the open-source implementation of their Open Effects standard. Through his work developing digital compositing software, he encountered a large user base and realized just how slow and painful node-based compositing systems were for users of this type of software. He became interested in knowing more about user workflows when creating mixed live-action, 3D compositing, and motion graphics. It was around this time that he met 2D/3D/VFX artist and developper François, who was a long-time user of alternative compositing and 3D software.
François was also an active user of the open-source software Alexandre helped develop and he offered suggestions to help improve and shape the software. His years of extensive experience in motion design, visual effects, and production for a wide range of influential clients in the fields of film, television broadcasting, and advertising gave him to the drive to improve on current workflows and shape the future of the industry.
With these common goals and motivation to assist the graphics software industry advance, the two worked together, exchanging ideas on how to optimize industry workflows. They both saw a major gap in the industry and aspects that could be improved upon and decided to join forces to get things done.
Alexandre is an experienced research and development software engineer specializing in computer graphics and image processing. As an engineer at French research institute INRIA, Alexandre has contributed to the development of open-source creative software, winning Best Innovation of the Year at the Paris Digital Summit. Driven by his ambition for creating innovative solutions and his passion for visual effects, Alexandre co-founded Left Angle with the aim to improve on current creative software and industry workflow.
With over 25 years of experience in 2D & 3D motion design and visual effects, François knows a thing or two when it comes to industry standards. Over the years, François has worked in various development, graphic design, and managerial roles across the broadcasting, film, and advertising industries. His non-exhaustive client roster includes Walt Disney, Universal, Fox, Warner, Renault, Dior, CBS, BBC, NBC, Yves-Saint-Laurent, and Unilever. François is also an author and has taught university students, sharing his insights and expertise
Left Angle was presented with the i-Lab 2020 award and recognized as one of the best French companies creating innovative technology.
Financed by the France 2030 plan, the i-Nov prize was awarded to Left Angle for having an innovative project with potential to impact the French economy.
Left Angle received the CNC-RIAM award in 2021 for its research and development (R&D) and innovation.