Michael Possert Jr.
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Designer, Fabricator & Storyteller

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Art department lead with over 30 years of experience in the entertainment industry.  Versatile, reliable and proven in designing, fabricating and painting miniatures and props.  Shown to be effective at running crews of all sizes for over 20 years.  Objective is to leverage this extensive knowledge into Art Directing, Art Department coordinator or lead position.


2018 Movie Mountain

Designed and fabricated two robot puppets and four miniature cryo tanks for Wake Me Up When We Get There. Finalized design for and fabricated the spaceship shooting miniature.

2010 – 2017              Laika  

Head of the Model Shop for ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls.

Model maker for Kubo and the Two Strings and Missing Link.  

As head of the Model Shop, I re-designed the physical layout of the model shop for better collaborative interaction within the crew, strengthened communications to increase productive interaction with other departments, led a crew of a dozen creatives to develop look and style of the films and kept us on deadlines.  To keep proprietary designs in-house, have quicker turn-around and greater control, I successfully oversaw installation of a metal plating system - nickel and gold. 

The Boxtrolls Model Shop produced over 20,000 individual handmade props – a record for stop-motion animation projects.

2009 – 2010              ShadowMachine

Model and set fabricator for Titan Maximum, Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole and a Bonnaroo Music Festival online ad.

1996 – 2009              Various Studios

Model Shop Crew Chief or lead on Down Periscope, Mission to Mars, X-Files Movie, HBO’s From the Earth to the Moon, Supernova, Reign of Fire and more.

1987 – 1996              Various Studios

Model, props, set fabricator on a variety of movie, television, commercials, internet and other entertainment industry projects (see list below).


Experienced with design and then fabrication through a wide range of materials, tools and techniques. I am proficient at meeting hard deadlines. I am known for strong organizational and communication skills and for being detail oriented.  I have led crews both large and small.

Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and Microsoft Word proficient.  Working knowledge of Rhinoceros.


Bachelor of Applied Arts from Central Michigan University;  Major in Cinematic Arts, Minors in Advertising and Marketing

List of Projects

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