Proof Inc., a film industry pre-visualization house, has named Katie Wells its executive producer. In her new post, Wells will help manage the company’s ongoing expansion and work closely with visual effects supervisors and producers, as well as commercial clients.
“Katie has an extensive background and long-established relationships with countless directors, VFX supervisors and visual effects executives at the studios,” said Ron Frankel, Proof’s founder and creative director. “Her deep understanding of the A-Z process of visual effects and pre-vis, combined with her live-action experience, will be invaluable to Proof as technologies continue to blur the lines between production and postproduction. In this new environment, the services we provide have become crucial in providing a blueprint to help execute a filmmaker’s vision in the most efficient manner possible.”
Wells began her career wanting to work in commercials for directors like Ridley Scott. She moved to Los Angeles from her native Ohio, and within a few years managed not only to work at RSA, but also as a line producer/U.P.M. for many of the industry’s top directors, including Scott, Joe Pytka, David Fincher, David Lynch and Jake Scott. She subsequently worked on staff at Propaganda Films, managing a roster that included David Kellogg, Michael Bay and Anthony Hoffman.
Digital Domain recruited Wells, where she became head of commercial production, moving from live-action to animation and visual effects. After leaving Digital Domain, Wells established a reputation as a business performance specialist, working as an executive for live-action and visual effects companies undergoing expansions or turnarounds and helping to maximize their potential. She served as executive producer/managing director for Backyard Productions, 525 Studios and CREO (a Post Logic Company).
Wells was executive producer for the Quebec-based FX Cartel, helping productions utilize tax credit strategies to package individual and boutique vendors and managing the combined entities to deliver VFX for films including Stay, Cursed, Across the Universe, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium and Bolden. She has also worked as a consulting VFX Producer for films such as War of Gods (Immortals,) the upcoming Riddick 3, and as a 3D production consultant on Smurfs.