Mélanie La Rue, GrDip 97, has worked in film, television and commercials. She has spent many days on set and in post-production, both in Montreal and California. Now La Rue happily serves as a mentor to others in her role as a visual effects producer at Rodeo FX.
“I’ve been lucky to have really great mentors throughout my career,” she says. “It’s important to encourage the next generation that’s coming in and to be open to what they have to bring.”
La Rue’s professional journey started while she was a student in Communication Studies at Concordia. She recalls doing internships with CFCF, CTV — and the Canadian Armed Forces. “It was training for journalists in war zones,” La Rue says of her military stint. “One [exercise] focused on how to negotiate if you’re going through a roadblock.”
What La Rue valued most about her time at Concordia was the small group of students in her program. She still maintains relationships with some of her classmates to this day: “We all had different expectations and paths, but it was a really good mix of students with a wide range of experiences. We complemented each other well on the projects that we produced together.”