Mikki Rose, a college alumna and animator extraordinaire


Mikki Rose

The Golden Compass, an Academy Awarding-winning film for Best Visual Effects, gained a lot of critic attention. Starring Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman, this high-budget movie had an amazing cast and (with a little bias) an even better team. Among the members of this team was MTSU alumna Mikki Rose.

In 2005, Rose was spending hours and hours — “sometimes overnight” — perfecting her work, making the “fish-bowl lab,” which she calls it, on the first floor of the Bragg Building her home. With some apprehension, she chose the animation route over music business, and she admits she never expected to work on big-budget films. In fact, she figured she’d “just work at Hastings.”

Her doubts of this degree yielding a successful career were put to rest in 2007 when she was hired to the Rhythm and Hues Studios, where she was immersed in projects such as The Golden Compass and Alvin and the Chipmunks. She later moved on to Sony, contributing to Hotel Transylvania, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, Alice in Wonderland and other films. In 2013, she made her most recent switch to Blue Sky Studios, where she worked as a technical director for The Peanuts Movie.

“Finishing that (project) and knowing that it’s done and I’ve done a good job, and that I’ve taught other people along the way,” Rose said, “that’s probably my favorite part.”

Please click here to see an interview with Rose in the Murfreesboro Pulse.

Story by Olivia Anchondo 


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