Breaking In: Breaking into VFX Production With Sara Hofstein

Breaking In: Breaking into VFX Production With Sara Hofstein


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Breaking In: Breaking into VFX Production With Sara Hofstein



  • Students
  • Recent grads
  • People Looking to make a career change into VFX Production


  • Learning VFX workflows and pipeline for production
  • Understanding VFX artistic choices and how they affect production
  • Resumes
  • Cover Letters
  • Networking
  • Interviews


  • How to transition from VFX production to working as a VFX artist


Are you an organized person who loves budgets and schedules? Are you proud of checking off your to-do list every day? Interested in using your skills to help create memorable movies and TV shows? If so, then VFX production might be a great fit for you, and this circle could be a great place to start your VFX production career.

In Breaking Into VFX Production, you will learn the essentials of what it takes to get started in this part of the industry. By the end of the circle, you will:

  • Understand the VFX Production Pipeline—the different job positions in this career, how you move through them, and what it takes to get the job done
  • Know how to set yourself up to apply for and land jobs by creating strong resumes, cover letters, thank you letters, portfolios, etc. You’ll also have a clear picture of how recruiting works and the job application process
  • Learn how to show up professionally so that recruiters and bosses take notice of you

Qualification Criteria

Student (final year)
Aspiring Professional (0 yrs of experience)

Day / Time

Times Per Month:  Weekly 
Day / Time:  Saturday at 9 am
Timezone: PST

ADDITIONAL Application requirementS

Please submit the following:

  • Resume
  • Personal Statement explaining why this circle is right for you

Circle Leader

Sara Hofstein

Sara Hofstein’s film and TV career began in New York City with positions on NBC’s KINGS in post-production and on ABC’s soap operas in programming, as well as casting seasons 6 and 7 of Food Network’s CHOPPED. After graduating from college, Sara was the Business and Legal Affairs Coordinator at Atlas Media Corp, an independent producer in New York, where she worked on approximately 200 hours of episodic television for E! Entertainment, MTV, National Geographic, and the Discovery Channel.

Sara made the jump into animation upon moving to Vienna, Austria, where she was a production coordinator on seasons 2 and 3 of TALKING TOM AND FRIENDS. She later became a production manager on WELCOME TO SIEGHEILKIRCHEN, Austria’s first CG animated feature, which premiered in competition at the 2021 Annecy International Animation Film Festival. Never forgetting her live-action roots, Sara was the 2nd Assistant Director on the Hallmark Channel film CHRISTMAS IN VIENNA, and Sara wrote, produced, and directed the short film REFUGE, which played in more than 15 film festivals around the world, including the Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival.

Sara moved to Portland, Oregon, in December 2021 and joined the crew of Netflix’s WENDELL AND WILD as a VFX Coordinator. Sara is currently the Senior VFX Coordinator at Crafty Apes VFX, where her credits include Lionsgate’s THE HUNGER GAMES: THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS AND SNAKES, Lucasfilm’s INDIANA JONES AND THE DIAL OF DESTINY, and Disney’s HOCUS POCUS 2.

She gives back to her community through volunteering on the board of the 501(c)(3) organization Women in Film Portland and is a proud member of the Producers Guild of America, ASIFA-Hollywood, Women in Animation, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.


Current Title:  Senior VFX Coordinator

Studio / Employer:  Crafty Apes


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