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The power of mentorship & networking in VFX with Wētā's Marcella Brown

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07/13/2022

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Marcella Brown, Senior FX Artist at Wētā FX and founder of The VFX Club Podcast, joins Maxine in the studio to talk about her VFX career. They cover Marcella's time at Disney, the power of networking and mentorship, dealing with failure and burnout, and how Marcella's own family background has been a motivator in her career.

After medically retiring from the army in 2010, Marcella moved from Ohio to Atlanta, GA, to study a BS in Fine Arts, Game Art and Design. Her career in the industry began as an environment artist, but after falling in love with effects animation, she moved to Los Angeles to study FX at Gnomon School of VFX. Since then, Marcella has been hired at studios like MPC, Scanline VFX, Disney, and now Wētā FX, where she recently worked on Avatar: The Way of the Water. Some of her other blockbuster credits include Godzilla King of Monsters, The Suicide Squad, Dumbo, and the Oscar-winning Encanto.

When she's not making cinema magic, Marcella also runs The VFX Club, a space where artists from all backgrounds, creeds, and colors can express, in their own voices, what VFX means to them. 

 

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A movie poster for Avatar: The Way of Water sequel, one of the recent projects Marcella worked on as an FX artist at Wētā FX


A few shots from Encanto and Justice League 2021 that Marcella contributed to.


Marcella's FX showreel for the visual effects work she did on Godzilla vs Kong.

To find out more about Marcella, check out her LinkedIn and follow The VFX Club on Facebook.


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Meet Maxine Schnepf and Justin Mohlman, hosts of the CG Spectrum Podcast!

MAXINE SCHNEPF: From Producing to HR, Maxine's worked on 40+ blockbuster films at studios like Mr X, Deluxe Animation and Technicolor VFX. Now as CG Spectrum's Career Development Manager, Maxine helps students get industry-ready. Her credits include: Blade Runner 2049, War for the Planet of the Apes, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Doctor Strange, Star Trek Beyond and three Star Wars films.

JUSTIN MOHLMAN: Justin is a CG Spectrum mentor, Game Development Producer and Author at Epic Games, and active Creative Director for The Rookies. Over the past 2 decades, Justin has helped bring dozens of games to life while at studios like Disney Interactive, Robomondo, Midway Games, and Phosphor Studios. Credits include franchises like Tony Hawk, Kingdom Hearts and Mortal Kombat.

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