I’m Mary Poplin. When it comes to post production, I’m what you’d call a “generalist,” because I find having many tools in my tool belt to be a great asset in an industry that is constantly changing and growing as technology surges forward. However, as a classically trained artist, I truly excel in set extension, compositing, and rotopaint work.
I have been creating matte paintings and working with Photoshop, Fusion, AE, and Nuke software professionally for over the last fifteen years. I have leveraged my swiss army knife approach and my broad experience in post into a Senior Product Specialist position at Bois FX. My soft skills and leadership ability, balanced with a fine art and technical background, have merged into a hybrid artist/educator/and advocate position where I continue to work in post production while teaching other artists techniques that save them time and resources. I am a wearer of many hats but at my heart I am a maker. I also try to give back to the artistic community whenever I can by volunteering to teaching young artists the basics in small groups and one on one. I am an active member of the Visual Effects Society here in Los Angeles. I continue to freelance and consult in the industry even as I educate.
In my position at Boris FX, I visit studios and trade shows all over the world and support the Mocha Pro, Continuum, Sapphire, and Silhouette product lines mainly demoing in AE, Premiere, Nuke, and Avid Media Composer. You may have met me at NAB, Siggraph, IBC, AdobeMax, SXSW, Cinegear, Dellivr, or FMX at the Boris FX, Imagineer, Adobe, Wacom, Nvidia, or Dell booths sharing my knowledge with audiences across the industry. I have spoken at users group meetings all over the United States, South America, Mexico, and the UK, including CFPUG, LAPPG, DMALA, LACPUG, AAUGA, Simlab, IATSE training, VES events, and more. When I am not travelling I am creating digital training content in short and long form videos and live webinars for thousands of viewers worldwide. I also help develop new features and user experiences with my team based on personal and user feedback and have been lucky enough to attend the Emmys and the SciTech Awards, which I lovingly call the nerd Oscars, with my incredibly talented Mocha and Boris FX teams in Los Angeles. But the most fulfilling aspect of my position is live training at studios like ILM, Disney, Deluxe, Method, Legend, Fuse, CBS, Picture Shop, Framestore, and Titmouse, to absolutely nerd out and pick favorites.
For freelance and film production, I have a client list of national and international brands, including full time and and freelance projects with companies such as Paramount, Nickelodeon, Cafe FX, Omation, Threshold, TXL, Deluxe, and Stereo D.
I can operate the latest Adobe Creative Suite, Nuke, Fusion, Avid, Resolve, and many other compositing and painting programs comfortably enough to train other artists. My Bachelors Degree of Fine Arts in Illustration gives me a strong foundation while my continuing education in traditional artwork gives me flexibility in my tasks while working in the fast paced environment that production requires. I am as proficient at manipulating splines with a Wacom tablet as I am at using a paintbrush.
My lived experience in the industry has given me realistic expectations about and a unique understanding of film. I am comfortable from pre-to-post production, on set and in the studio. I was delighted to be honored at the Exceptional Women in Post awards in 2018 for my contributions to the industry. I am a proud member of the Visual Effects Society and SAGAFTRA.
In my free time I am a total nerd, going to far as to have helped write and run my own Live Action Role Playing game, Undying, with my husband from 2017 to 2020. We closed out the story arc right before the world shut down for the Covid-19 Pandemic. I am very proud of that work. We digitally published an Advanced Player’s Guide, Player’s Guide, and book of supplemental fiction to help players navigate our inclusive game. I hone my improvisation skills, costuming, and stage combat skills with some of the most wonderful and talented people in the Los Angeles gaming scene. I recently dungeon mastered a home brewed version of Ravenloft 5e to dramatic planar-hopping completion, which anyone who runs games regularly will understand is a challenge and a blast. I am looking forward to my next campaign when I finish playing in the two regular games I participate in on Roll20.
I am always working on a personal project and learning something new, from gardening to woodworking, sewing to painting. I have a lifelong love of learning and really enjoy problem solving and pushing myself.