Ismaël Auray

Storytelling has always been a passion for me and I'm fortunate that it is now one of the most important aspects of my professional life. 

My role as a Cinematic Director is to understand the key concepts of the different projects that I’m working on and translate them into playable objectives (actions) for the actors in order to create meaningful performances. 

I studied Cinema at New York Film Academy and Concordia University and I have directed over 12 short films. 

In 2007, my last short film Cabaret de la dernière chance was showcased in a "Coup de coeur" selection by the renowned festival programmer Danny Lennon at Cannes Film Festival. This short film also received the jury's fiction prize during the Vidéastes recherché.es film festival. 

In 2011, I started working in the video game industry in the cinematic's department at Beenox - Activision as a Cinematic Designer. I’ve worked on various titles including the renowned franchise Skylanders and The Amazing Spider-Man. 

In 2013, I joined Ubisoft Quebec as the Assistant Cinematic Director for Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. The Studio had the opportunity to lead this international AAA franchise. On Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, I organized and prepared the Motion Capture pre-production of over 90+ minutes of cinematics. I worked closely with the storyboard artists, camera artists, designers, writers and key production stakeholders to ensure that the Director’s vision was clearly communicated internally and with partner studios. During the motion capture sessions, I assisted the Director with staging and actor direction. I also contributed as Main Director for over 35 minutes of cinematics.

In 2016, I joined Gearbox Studio Québec as the Narrative Director / Cinematic Director. To work on an unannounced project.

In 2018, I moved to Amsterdam to join Guerrilla Games as Cinematics Director.