Trailblazer Production Consulting
Global Animation and VFX Studio Producer
Hi - I'm glad you're here. I offer global animation / VFX studio consulting services and support, drawing from thousands of hours of extensive international experience on multiple production levels, ranging from traditional, CG, hybrid animation, and VFX content.
I began my animation career in 1992 working as a PA and an artist in a small animation studio in Paris, France. As an "American in Paris", I learned the broad art of making cartoons from the bottom to Creative Executive in Charge of Production for Dargaud / Marina Productions, ultimately overseeing all co-produced international animated productions for all of the major French television channels.
I returned to my native Los Angeles in the early 2000s, and since I have had diverse and unique studio experiences. Developing the inception of the Nickelodeon CG division and producing ambitious VFX for film and television and heading up Production for Universal Television & Animation, and Klasky Csupo’s award-winning commercial division. I co-founded a CG Animation Studio for MTV and founded and produced for the Los Angeles division French studio for Gaumont International Television / Netflix. I was the consulting Executive Producer for Film Roman’s Los Angeles / Mexico studio partnership and served as the VFX Line Producer for the largest-budget Indian film to date. Then consulting for Nickelodeon Animation Studios as their first-ever outside studio consultant based in Paris. Most recently I co-founded and developed RAFT Animation Studios https://raftanimation.com with award-winning animation veterans focused on content short inspirational content.
My passion for storytelling & animation based on my vast experience has given me the ability to provide objective executive studio support maximizing production results and respecting the integrity of the creative production process as a whole. I thrive on collaborating with different cultures and studios. I have worked all over the US, Europe, Asia, Canada, and Mexico. I have EU citizenship and speak fluent French.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Why use a production consultant?
— Time is money. Effective scheduling to ensure no resources are wasted.
— Improve team productivity and internal communication.
— Coach employees to analyze production problems and teach them strategies to problem solve in real time.
— Implement assessment based tools to get backlogged productions back on track.
— Define the studio’s mission, goals and objectives to prep the company for it's future and create a sustainable business model.
— Instant connection to Michaela’s vast network of colleagues, who can provide expert opinion to meet production needs.
— A clear and unbiased contribution of fresh, new ideas with objective opinion and results-oriented focus.