With over eighteen years of experience in the visual effects industry, Susan Thurmond O'Neal has worked to build teams, track progress, inspire artistry and liaison for high-profile clients. Susan is currently working as the Operations Manager for The Mill, and has also worked as a creative recruiter for BLT Recruiting, Inc, Ops Director at Escape Studios, Account Manager at Side Effects Software, Inc (makers of Houdini). As head of production at R!OT Pictures, O'Neal managed artists and producers to ensure projects ran smoothly. Additionally, she has worked with Digital Domain, A52, creo collective, Zoic Studios, Radium FX and GMFX and other companies over the course of her extensive career. She has also worked on teams that have produced such films and projects as T2:3D - Battle Across Time, Titanic, The Italian Job, West Wing, Six Feet Under and a host of commercials.
Susan is a VES Board member, the Co-chair of the Education Committe, the Chair of the Membership Committee and creator of the ad hoc "Cross Pollination" Committee, whose mission is to explore industries parallel to VFX for employment opportunities for the VES membership.