Womenize! – Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Franzisca Tonelli, Assistant Producer & Unity VR Developer at BigRock Institute of Magic Technologies. BigRock is teaching new artists techniques for creating 3D animations, digital illustrations, visual effects, as well as music for film, TV, and video games. Franzisca speaks about the power of spreadsheets and teamwork. Read more about her in this interview:
Hi Franzisca! What do you love most about VR game productions?

Production has been with me for as long as I can remember. Tracking tasks and making sure everything is on the streamline makes me feel as if I am one with the force. But the thing I love most about VR game productions, besides the projects themselves, is working with others – bringing in a bunch of people, getting organised, and getting aligned around a common goal, it’s the recipe for amazing things in my opinion. And also the fact that I feel like a paladin bringing order into chaos with my spreadsheets!

Does your knowledge of 3D modeling support you in your daily tasks as Assistant Producer & Unity VR Developer?

Absolutely! That made me aware of the challenges my team was facing all the time. It has always come in handy in identifying gaps and bottlenecks to ensure timely deliverables on the projects. But also to make them feel like I understood the struggle of a particularly burdensome task and that we were even more the same crew on the same ship.

How do you ensure that communication and collaboration work smoothly in the projects you are working on?

I believe a great producer works for their team and not the other way around. I’m of the opinion that communication is the foundation of a good lineup and consequently of a successful project. For that with my previous group I set up informal and formal 1on1s to know how they were doing both on the project and on their life. I’m a strong believer that together everything can be solved. If something seems impossible, talking about it, breaking it down piece by piece, can make everything possible/achievable.

Thanks for this interview, Franzisca!

Franzisca’s links: LinkedInBigRock Institute of Magic Technologies

Womenize! – Inspiring Stories Feature by Sophie Brugmann