Mary Poplin

Mary Poplin

mocha Pro Product Specialist, Evangelizing mocha to artists all over the world

Greater Los Angeles Area
Motion Pictures and Film

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Mary Poplin's Overview

  • Depth Artist at Stereo D
  • CG Artist at Threshold
  • Freelance Artist at Self-employed
  • Senior Graphic Artist at Pacific World
  • Freelance Artist
  • Texture Art Direction Painter at Go For Launch Productions
  • Matte Painter at Threshold
  • Matte Painter at Cafe FX
  • Photoshop & Paint Artist at Barnyard

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Mary Poplin's Summary

Since transplanting to Los Angeles in 2005, I have been a stereoscopic artist, compositor, matte painter, cleanplate artist, illustrator, and proficient rotopaint artist. I have even done the prerequisite Hollywood stint as an actress in short films and new media projects and continue to dabble in film projects as a SAG member. I like LA but I do miss the old oak trees, the lightning bugs, and the warm, humid evenings of the South. However, it’s also nice to be in a place where everyone is always creating their own work and trying to thrive.

I currently love my work as a Product Specialist for Imagineer Systems; evangelizing mocha, an Academy Award Winning planar tracking software, to studios and artists across the world. Essentially, I am the West Coast office for mocha and excellent networker. I am known for my unique sense of humor and my highly attended demos. I am also a proud member of the Visual Effects Society.

I like to share and put myself out there. I think that is why I have gravitated to teaching artists about software techniques. I feel like I won the "job lottery" because of mocha's down-to-earth corporate culture. I love to work and connect with new artists, especially when I get to engage more of their creative skills and less of their busy-work skills. I never do the same thing day in and day out; being a cog in a cubicle is not me.

I also craft in my spare time: usually handmade costumes, accessories, and props. I make my own content as a creative lead and create freelance illustrations. For entertainment I play a lot of MMO RPGs, Tabletops, and I am an avid LARPer; which has lead to great friends. I helped run a recreational LARP as the registered agent, web-master, and finance officer for years. Yes, I know how nerdy that is.

In a few years, I would like to be training other specialists as Imagineer grows. If you’d like to work together or you’d like a demo for your company, please contact me and we’ll talk about your needs and solutions.

Mary Poplin's Experience

Product Specialist

Imagineer Systems

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Computer Software industry

November 2010Present (4 years)

A mocha "evangelist" of sorts, solving shot and support issues, teaching Academy Award Winning mocha planar tracking software, troubleshooting, bug finding, tracking and clean-plating test footage, creating demo videos, and otherwise working with the Mocha software and Imagineer team and wearing different hats as necessary.

If you want to know more about mocha or are having trouble using mocha on a shot, get in touch with me. I'm LA's mocha resource.

Depth Artist

Stereo D

Privately Held; 1001-5000 employees; Motion Pictures and Film industry

April 2010October 2010 (7 months)

Worked as a Depth Artist at Stereo D converting stereoscopic images from film on major motion pictures using a variety of proprietary techniques and old school rotoscoping to get realistic 3D images from 2D frames. Using Photoshop, Mocha, Mokey, and Aftereffects to create clean plates and stereo composites for deep 3D shots.

CG Artist


Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Animation industry

February 2010April 2010 (3 months)

Creating Matte Paintings and Color Keys for an upcoming Lego childrens' CG animation. Using Photoshop and Maya to create interesting outer space and futuristic sets, mattes, and sky domes that hold up in an HD environment.

Freelance Artist


January 2009April 2010 (1 year 4 months)

Freelance Artist, Illustrator, and Designer working from my studio. I have done web design, logo design, texture art direction, compositing, editing, photoshop cleanup, graphic design, and digital painting in my freelance work, usually in a tight deadline.

Senior Graphic Artist

Pacific World

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Consumer Services industry

June 2008January 2009 (8 months)

Designing packaging, nails, and other graphics and designs for the Fingr's line of nails, including Edge, Girlie Nails, and Girlie Toez. Working on other brands as necessary. Redesigning signature sub-brands and helping my team work faster by introducing new technology and implementing training classes. Brainstorming for new products and treatments, as well as new and engaging ways to reach our consumer base.

Freelance Artist

February 2007June 2008 (1 year 5 months)

Freelance Artist, Illustrator, and Designer working with various clients like Paramount, Main Street Pictures, and Go for Launch Productions from my studio. I have done web design, logo design, texture art direction, compositing, editing, photoshop cleanup, graphic design, and digital painting in my freelance work, usually in a tight deadline.

Texture Art Direction Painter

Go For Launch Productions

October 2007April 2008 (7 months)

Freelance art direction for the textures of main and incidental characters, vehicles, and props for an upcoming feature childrens' film. I was supplied with a rough color sketch and delivered back a fully rendered, painted character complete with detailed textures for 3D artists to work from. Included swatches as needed. Worked closely with the main art director to turn around characters quickly.

Matte Painter


Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Animation industry

June 2007September 2007 (4 months)

Working with the art director to create matte paintings for childrens' CG, feature length animation. Created starfield domes, nebulae, planets, and other outer space sets for this Lego film.

Matte Painter

Cafe FX

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Motion Pictures and Film industry

October 2006December 2006 (3 months)

Created matte paintings for a tight deadline production and helped out on other projects as needed. Also Created some textures for sets, such as sky domes and rock faces. I worked in Adobe Photoshop and Bodypaint 3D (Cinema 4D), as well as in Mudbox, to get the desired results.

Photoshop & Paint Artist


April 2005July 2006 (1 year 4 months)

Worked on a major motion picture for Nickelodeon called "Barnyard: The Original Party Animals". Responsible for Photoshop cleanup and comping of all marketing renders, including character press images, video game covers, posters, and billboards since the time of my employment at Omation. Also worked as a Paint Artist cleaning up renders for the movie in Combustion. Worked on some design, color keys, and matte paintings for the film as well. Credited as Photoshop Artist and Paint Artist.

Mary Poplin's Organizations

  • The Visual Effects Society

    Active Member
    • November 2012 to Present

    The Visual Effects Society (VES) is the entertainment industry's only organization representing the full breadth of visual effects practitioners including artists, technologists, model makers, educators, studio leaders, supervisors, PR/marketing specialists and producers in all areas of entertainment from film, television and commercials to music videos and games. Comprised of a diverse group of more than 2,500 members in 29 countries, the VES strives to enrich and educate its own members and members of the entertainment community at large through a multitude of domestic and international events, screenings and programs.


    Active Member
    • March 2012 to Present

    The Most Distinguished Performer's Union in the World
    SAG-AFTRA represents more than 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcasters, journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals. SAG-AFTRA members are the faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the world. With offices in Los Angeles, New York, and nationwide, SAG-AFTRA members work together to secure the strongest protections for media artists into the 21st century and beyond.

  • LARP Alliance

    Advisory Council
    • January 2012 to July 2013

    LARP Alliance, Inc. is a 501c non-profit company dedicated to supporting the LARP/LRP & ARG (Live Action Role Playing & Alternate Reality Gaming) communities by assisting and educating new and current participants. The LARP Alliance is based in Southern California, though its mission extends globally. The Board of Directors is made up of various individuals from all over the world with one goal to advance the art by combining resources.

  • Dying Kingdoms LLC

    Registered Agent/Financial Officer
    • November 2011 to January 2014

    Dying Kingdoms LARP LLC is a private recreational group for adults ages 18 and over. Our goal is to run the best fantasy Live Action Role Playing Game we possibly can for our players and foster a wonderful and inclusive LARP community. We are a Role Playing heavy game that simulates cinematic combat with foam weapons via a hit point location system. Our setting is high fantasy, with costuming influenced from a range between the medieval time period into the time of Louis the Sun King.

Mary Poplin's Skills & Expertise

  1. After Effects
  2. Photoshop
  3. Mocha Pro
  4. Illustrator
  5. Nuke
  6. Final Cut Pro
  7. Cinema 4D
  8. Compositing
  9. Matte Painting
  10. Digital Painting
  11. Product Evangelism
  12. Maya
  13. XSI
  14. Discreet Combustion
  15. Digital Fusion
  16. Dreamweaver
  17. Procreate Painter Classic
  18. Oil Painting
  19. Mudbox
  20. Mokey
  21. QuarkXPress

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Mary Poplin's Education

Savannah College of Art and Design

BFA, Illustration


Studied in the field of Illustration with a 2D art background focusing on use of traditional materials and digital media. Worked in a deadline driven curriculum in a career oriented environment. Graduated in early 2005 with top honors.

Richard Lawson Studios

N/A, Acting


Watts Atelier of the Arts

N/A, Traditional Drawing & Painting


Education at the Watts Atelier of the Arts to keep artistic rendering skills strong.

Mary Poplin's Additional Information


Traditional painting and drawing, videogames (especially World of Warcraft), 2D and 3D animation, RPGs, LARPs, D&D and D20 game systems, Star Trek, fantasy and sci-fi. Also, freshwater fishing.

Groups and Associations:

VES, SAG-AFTRA, LARP Alliance, Dying Kingdoms

Honors and Awards:

* Graduated Summa Cum Laude
* Featured in the 2005 annual Telfair Ball Auction
* Georgia HOPE Scholarship 2003-2005
* Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant 2003-2005
* SCAD Tuition Scholarship 2001-2005
* First Place in 2004 Sand Arts Festival Wind Sculpture Competition
* Second Place in Children's Non-Smoking Book Competition 2003

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