Meagan Green joined Luma 4 years ago as a Roto/Paint artist and quickly worked her way up to becoming a Lighter/Compositor at our Santa Monica studio. We chatted with Meagan to find out all about how she landed in VFX, her favorite part about working at Luma, and her big tips for aspiring visual effects artists.
How you got your start in this industry?
As a kid, I loved movies and watching making-of and behind-the-scenes specials. Growing up in the ’90s, I was head over heels for Jurassic Park, The Matrix, and early Pixar movies, so I decided on film school. I earned my BFA in Film and Animation at Rochester Institute of Technology, and my MFA in Visual Effects Compositing at the Academy of Art University. AAU has an outstanding compositing program. In our graduate classes, we created VFX for indie films, saw our work screened at Sundance Film Festival, and even got to work with industry legend Phil Tippett on his dark stop-motion series, Mad God.
Soon after graduating, I landed my first industry job and hopped on a bus to LA for a short contract in stereo conversion. My goal for my next move was to get into Luma Pictures. I admired the quality of their work and the projects they worked on. When I saw that Luma was hiring, I reached out to a friend who worked there and was ecstatic to get an interview. I got my foot in the door as a roto/paint artist in 2015 and worked my way up to lighter/compositor, learning Katana on the job. I’m fortunate to have been here ever since!