Industry veteran to oversee Los Angeles team’s art department, visualization, real-time production and VFX.
LOS ANGELES -- Technicolor has announced the appointment of Katie Hooten as head of studio at its pre-production studio in Los Angeles. Launched last year, the studio is a resource for filmmakers, creating a seamless pipeline for feature projects, from concept art, visualization and real-time production, through to final VFX. This ensures a storyteller’s vision carries through to the end exactly as intended, while saving time and resources along the way, for a more efficient, in-control filmmaking process.
Hooten, an industry veteran with 20 plus years of feature film experience in live-action, animation, VFX, and immersive entertainment, first joined Technicolor’s MPC art department as creative producer after appointments at Blur Studio, The Third Floor, and Walt Disney Feature Animation. Her recent producing work includes Love, Death + Robots, with director Tim Miller, as well as visualization for some of the largest franchises in the feature space. She partnered with creatives on the breakout hit Hoodwinked, which challenged the model of traditional animated filmmaking and kicked off a wave of indie animation that continues today.
In her role as head of studio, Hooten will manage the L.A. team, providing talent, tools, and workflows for art department and visualization services, as well as real-time production and VFX.
“I’m passionate about connecting our world-class talent with prolific storytellers, providing visual language in early stages,” Hooten commented. “Our suite of tools enhances the filmmaking process, serving the ultimate goal of preserving the director’s vision while providing production efficiencies that extend throughout the VFX pipeline. We’re energized by our collaborations and we’re passionate about our craft. I’m incredibly excited about the work we’re doing here.”
The following departments will report to Hooten:
The art department, which works closely with clients to understand their vision, creating artwork, including characters, creatures, props, and environments, that reflects that vision and sets the tone for the project.
Visualization and real-time production, which also works closely with clients to digitally perfect their visions before they hit the set by leveraging the latest visualization tools and techniques; then seamlessly transitioning to collaborative workflows that provide real-time creative control over every aspect of a project.
The pre-production studio is standalone from Technicolor’s visual effects brands, MPC, Mill Film, MR. X and Technicolor VFX, yet they can work cooperatively with one or in any combination to design an individualized production plan, regardless of project size, budget, format or creative aesthetic.