Nicole Russin-McFarland, filmmaker, animator, composer

Nicole Russin-McFarland: anarchic animation, Stan Winston School & entertainment industry realities

A former New York agency model, Nicole Russin-McFarland is one of the most compelling interview subjects we have ever had on the show.

Having amassed an impressive social media following, Nicole has developed her online brand and is now a credible film director and film score composer, as well as an animator subverting the conventions of her craft.

At the time of the interview Nicole had commenced classes studying special effects via the Stan Winston School to prepare herself for a future directing studio films. Her preconceptions and fears about film schools were, in this instance, thankfully unwarranted…

At times enigmatic, Nicole makes for an intriguing and candid guest who has had a decorated career in the entertainment business to date. Notably, Nicole discusses some of the ugly realities of her experiences in ‘showbiz’, as a model and journalist, and later as an aspiring filmmaker. She discusses the frustrations of having work stolen, some of the realities of the entertainment industry and learning visual effects at Stan Winston School

It is testament to her that she remains inspired and driven by the success stories of the likes of Hans Zimmer, John Williams and James Horner, as well as directors like James Cameron and Peter Jackson.


Video Editor/Visual Effects & Film Forums Artwork: Richard Williams
Images of Nicole courtesy of Nicole Russin-McFarland / IMDb

Other Image credits (featuring on the YouTube video):

Peter Jackson | Credit: Mike Walen
Hans Zimmer | Credit: Richard Yaussi
Steven Spielberg | Credit: Gage Skidmore
John Williams | Credit: Bede735 / Alec McNayr
Gigi Hadid | Credit: Eva Rinaldi