Maxime Chudeau is an NYC based artist who makes animated films. His productions, which he writes, animates, and scores explore consciousness, fate, metaphysics and are inspired by Jean Cocteau, Antonin Artaud and Industrial music.

While obtaining a masters degree in Scenography from
H.E.A.R., Maxime studied under opera scenographer Pierre-André Weitz, interned for Romeo Castelucci and assisted scenographer JC Lanquetin who specializes in performance for urban public spaces.

Maxime’s scenography collaborations were supported by
Le Maillon (Strasbourg, FR), Opéra National du Rhin (Strasbourg, FR), TAPS (Strasbourg, FR), Mairie de Strasbourg (FR), H.E.A.R. (Strasbourg, FR), Agence Culturelle Grand Est (FR), Centre Français de Berlin (DE), Moussem (Bruxelles, BE), La Filature (Mulhouse, FR), LinksHall (Chicago, USA) and presented at Jeu de Paume (Paris, FR), MC93 (Paris, FR), La Chaufferie (Strasbourg, FR), Le Palais de l’Université (Strasbourg, FR), TAPS (Strasbourg, FR), La Minoterie (Dijon, FR), Théâtre Paul Éluard (Choisy le Roi, FR), DeSingel (Antwerp, BE), New Now Festival (Amsterdam, NE)… As an art director, Maxime worked for Parisian advertising agencies where he created window displays and exhibitions for Chanel, Nina Ricci, Van Cleef and Arpels, Uniqlo, Netflix, L’Oréal and more.

Breaking from rigid structures Maxime now uses his skills in drawing, 3D, set design, sound design, and dramaturgy to create animated films rooted in poetic visual imagery. His awarded debut film, CIRCVS MAXIMVS, has been screened at Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria), Manchester Animation Festival (UK), Digerati Emergent Media Festival (Denver, USA), Stuttgarter Filmwinter (Stuttgart, Germany), Animaphix (Palermo, IT),  Animakom (Bilbao, ES), Animanima (Cacak, Serbia), BLON Animation and Games Festival (Klaipeda, Lithuania), Les Instants Vidéo (Marseille, FR), Chicago Onscreen (USA) and SMIFF (Seoul, South Korea).
He is currently teaching and working on his next film, CALLUS, alongside the launch of his studio, CHU Films LLC.

Photo by Tae-nyun Kim