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20 C I N E M O N T A G E W H A T O U R M E M B E R S D O Q Where are you currently employed? The Walt Disney Studios Q Current projects? Disney+ content and shorts. Also fea- tures and theatrical media distribution. Q Describe your job. For theatrical releases, I assist with a ss e t p re p by re q u e s t i n g t h e m e d i a needed to create DCPs [Digital Cinema Packages]. For Disney+, I take subtitle files cre- ated by vendors and sync them up with the content. Sometimes the timed text files line up perfectly, but a lot of the time (particularly with old titles) we need to do frame rate conversions, remove reel breaks, or reject a file due to issues such Marialyse Vega Martiney DIGITAL OPERATOR Y-16 as corrupted data. I enjoy the subtitle work---it's a great opportunity to use ed- itorial techniques, and also because I love the content. When "Fantasia" (1940) and "Fantasia 2000" (1999) were re-released earlier this year with lots of never-be- fore-seen bonus features, I spent a solid three days watching more of the content than exporting subs! Q How did you first become interested in this line of work? It's more like I fell into the work than became interested in it. I had been working in filmmaker client services at the Digital Media Center (where all the digital operators work), which gave me a lot of facetime with their team. When I was ready to find my next career adventure, it just so happened they were looking for a new operator specifically to help with Disney+ work. As soon as I could, I scheduled one-on-one meetings with pretty much all the digital operators to learn more about what they do to see if it could be a good fit. Once I realized the work would be way more technical than the job I had and would make me a part of the pipeline versus waving from the sidelines, I knew this would be the per- fect next step for me. Joining the media distribution team opened so many doors for me, and I've learned so much. Joining the union was an added bonus. Q Who gave you your first break? P H O T O : C O U R T E S Y M A R I A L Y S E V E G A M A R T I N E Y

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