Many Kiwis dream of working in visual effects and being part of the team that brings iconic stories to the screen—but what if you aren’t really focused on being an artist?
Weta Digital is fortunate to have some of the finest creative and technical minds working in film and television right here in Wellington, Aotearoa. This webinar will highlight the broad range of STEM skills that are the foundation of visual effects and might be your entry point for a career in the industry.
People are often surprised to learn an education in STEM can lead to a career in visual effects. Amber will give you a behind-the-scenes look at some of Weta Digital’s most well-known work and show you how we use technology to support our artists and produce better VFX. She provides insight to the many career pathways available and gives practical advice on how to forge your own trail—through your study choices, work experience, and personal development.
The presentation is followed by a moderated Q&A panel featuring Amber along with Recruitment Manager Tanya Buchanan.
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Tainui/Waikato - born in Tāmaki Makaurau Amber Marie graduated from The University of the Arts London with a First-Class Honours Degree in Writing & Directing for Film & Television. Since returning to the NZ Film Industry in 2009 Amber has worked in a variety of roles and has extensive experience in Film, across all facets from Onset, Post to VFX. Amber joined the Weta Group in 2011/2012 on The Hobbit within the onset Camera department in the role of Lead Data Wrangler. After wrapping she worked at Park Road Post in the Digital Lab, in 2016 she started at Weta Digital managing the Data Resource for the facility before transitioning into her current role as Wrangler Manager where Amber is responsible for the management of the Renderwall and all Data I/O where she leads a team of 20+ Render and Data Wranglers as well as a small Pipeline team of Developers, a Machine Learning Researcher & an Engineer. Amber has successfully managed the Data and Render resources for over 50 projects for the VFX facility to date. Amber is a member of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Women's Committee and Te Reo Initiative at Weta Digital.
Outside of work, Amber co-founded with her husband The Granary, an Indie Production Company that utilises both of their onset and post production expertise to create Digital Content and encourage, facilitate and support creative storytelling. Amber's vision is to create expansive evocative worlds, steeped in Māori mythology, history and the supernatural.
Amber Marie is a member of Ngā Aho Whakaari, WIFT, NZWG, SIGANZ and UNWomen.