Karin Cooper – ILM


This week we had a talk by Karin Cooper a creature supervisor from ILM who most recently worked on the bear in ‘The Revenant’. like the other speakers Karin described her career from her beginnings to where she is now.

Most of Karin’s talk was about her career and technical facts about ‘The Revenant’ as most of the questions asked were directed towards that.


  • This industry is always changing, you need to be able to change and adapt with it. Don’t stick to one piece of software, branch out; good software to learn are Maya and Houdini.
  • In terms of which is better in terms of employment, being either a generalist or a specialist, Karin said that it shouldn’t really matter as long as your work  and your work is really good. Your personality is also a big factor into getting hired as well as your people skills. With a good impression and a good showreel you can do anything.
  • If you want to achieve something, work towards it. Never give up, don’t get intimidated and fight until you achieve what you want to achieve.

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