How to manage a 3D production? A Chat with Eisko’s Production Manager

Last time, we met Romain Astolfi, rigging supervisor at Eisko. Embark on a captivating journey into the realm of 3D production as we sit down with Marion Hillion, the esteemed 3D Production Manager at Eisko. With a passion for innovation and a knack for managing complex projects, Marion brings a unique perspective to the world of 3D. In this exclusive interview, we delve into the artistry and intricacies of 3D production, exploring Marion’s role, insights, and remarkable achievements. Join us as we unravel the behind-the-scenes magic and gain a deeper understanding of the fascinating world of 3D production under the expert guidance of Marion Hillion.

How would you define your job as a Production Manager?

So I manage a team made up mainly of 3D artists, computer graphics artists, and character designers. My role is essentially to bring the production to completion and satisfy the customer. To achieve these objectives, I set up a work plan with my team, and we organize meetings to set up the project.

How do you achieve such photorealistic Digital Doubles?

Firstly, with the capture systems, we have a body system, a face system, and a photogrammetric and photometric system that ensure the fidelity of the digital doubles. We also have reference photos on which we can base ourselves to look for small details and really bring out the realism of the digital double. In short, we have cutting-edge technology and, above all, a modeling team that’s top-notch.

How do I become a 3D production manager?

In my case, it’s a bit special. My background is a bit atypical. I studied drawing, I studied Japanese, I went to filmmaking school, and I specialized in video editing. And I came to Eisko knowing absolutely nothing about 3D. We’re taught the job, and over the years, with experience, we become capable of managing a team ourselves. Once you become a production manager, you have to be able to answer some very pertinent and precise questions, like how long will it take to deal with a production and what will it cost?

How do you spot a good manager?

In my opinion, a good manager needs to know his team’s strengths, but also its weaknesses, and turn to the people who can solve its problems and questions. A good manager also needs to be very observant, calm, patient, and stress-free. Not like me at the moment!

How do you get the best out of a production?

First of all, the most important thing is to understand our customers’ needs. In this sense, my role is also very important because I’ll be talking a lot with the customer to really understand their needs. We have a superb team, whether it’s modeling, rigging, R&D, or marketing. That really makes the difference.

How would you describe your best memory at Eisko?

So my best production memory is a funny little anecdote. It was for a production with Eva Green for the movie Proxima. She came to do her capture on our premises and asked one of my colleagues where the capture room was. He turned red as a peony, grinning from ear to ear, and accompanied her straight there. And the look on his face was just excellent. It’s totally unique.

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