IN THE PRESS | Cinefex | April 25th, 2018 | Read More
To create cinematic illusions, you need conjurors. In this series of spotlight interviews, we ask movie magicians what makes them tick.
Tara Conley is a senior visual effects producer at Image Engine. Ask her about her movie career highlights, and she’ll tell you how much she enjoyed working on Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Thor: Ragnarok, Game of Thrones, Pacific Rim and Immortals.
CINEFEX: Tara, how did you get started in the business?
TARA CONLEY: I actually ended up in the visual effects industry completely by accident. I had just finished my diploma in broadcast communications at BCIT, and was working several jobs to make ends meet. One of these jobs was at Rainmaker as a scanner assistant in postproduction. Essentially, my job was to assist during the color transfer of film to tape, by syncing up the audio with the picture. After three months, a position opened up in visual effects. I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to jump into a world I knew really nothing about, getting my feet wet as a visual effects coordinator.
CINEFEX: What aspect of your job makes you grin from ear to ear?
TARA CONLEY: I love the personal relationships I have built because of this industry. We tend to be a close-knit group since we are deep in the trenches together, at the best and the worst of times. Our crew becomes like a second family, and the camaraderie I have seen over the years is truly outstanding.