Forecast: A Summer of Growth
Mechanism Digital is blossoming into summer with a couple new positions adding to expertise and efficiency. This is a great time to add new staff because the initial lag in film production created by Covid has recently resulted in a surge of high-quality post-production projects. Two features we are proud to be partnering with are; Eileen based on the novel from Ottessa Moshfegh and A Thousand And One directed by A. V. Rockwell.
Shepherding these film VFX projects is our new Head of Production, Julieta Gleiser who has experience working on blockbuster productions as well as animation and VR/AR space. This is a perfect skill-set-fit for our shop and we are super excited about Julieta’s breadth of experience and leadership.
After being on set and Mechanism supervising a half dozen projects through fall and winter, and knowing the flood of films was coming, we estimated having six months to find our new HOP. We went through close to a hundred resumes and conducted over 20 interviews with senior producers till we found Juli; exactly what we were looking for, a seasoned professional who was already plugged into the unique combination of industries that our studio specializes in.
For the past 25 years we’ve worked hard to fill new positions by promoting our own people from within although recruiting and hiring is a necessary investment as we grow the team. Before ads are placed, we ask if a new role is a natural progression of someone on our current staff or is this a completely new hat/position with a unique skill set. As a good example; Kathereena Singh, our seasoned bookkeeper was promoted to Head of Finance to focus her attention at higher levels, guiding the entire team forward with budgets and finance at the executive company level. Kat has now been with us for over 10 amazing years and recently announced that she will soon be leaving us. This was a bittersweet announcement. But we are happy for her and wish her the best in her new adventures.
I'm really proud to see our VFX team grow and the increased throughput of creative work we have handled lately. The big takeaway for me is that the most important hat I wear is to be the catalyst between what clients need and what our amazing team is capable of.