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Meet Caitlin Stratton Walton of Marvel Studios in Burbank

Today we’d like to introduce you to Caitlin Stratton Walton.

Caitlin, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I grew up outside Boise, ID following in the footsteps of my older brother. Anything he was interested in I wanted to do, from chess club to video games. So it really is thanks to him that I became interested in media production after I followed him in joining our junior high’s film production classes. He was also the one to introduce me to Studio Ghibli films, sparking my passion for animation and storytelling. Eventually, he moved on to other interests, but I continued making films with my friends and editing the occasional project for extra spending money. By high school, I was sure it was what I wanted to do.

In college it was an easy choice to major in film, but I still held out hope I could find a way to transition my skills in live action into a career in animation. To this end I decided to emphasize in producing and post production sound, skills I though could transfer to animation. Luckily my planning payed off when I was accepted as in intern at DreamWorks

Animation TV as a post production intern just before graduation! This internship gave me the direction I needed to decide to move to LA and make a go of it out here.

DreamWorks TV ended up hiring me on as a full time post assistant to work on All Hail King Julien and Voltron: Legendary Defender. Throughout the next few years at DW I worked on a handful of 2D and CG shows, learning how to shepherd a show through post production.

A few months ago I decided it was time to learn more about the other side of the curtain and accepted a production position at Marvel Studios to work on a new series for Disney Plus. It’s a new challenge I have been excited to face as it presents the opportunity to grow and learn more about the a new part of the pipeline. I’ve traded in editing bays and final deliveries for concept art and layouts, but the passion and camaraderie of a production crew remains one of my favorite parts of this industry I have chosen.

Congrats on the new position! Overall, has it been relatively smooth road getting to where you are today? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Everyone has their speed bumps, but I have been fortunate that the road has been comparatively smooth. I was welcomed into the DreamWorks family right out of university and have been working ever since. I find that my biggest challenge is deciding what opportunities to pursue. It was hard for me to leave post, I loved my job. But I ultimately decided I wanted to round out my experience and a move to production felt necessary.

I do frequently find myself to be the only woman in the room, something that brings its own set of challenges. Knowing what to do when hearing an off-color joke or comment is something I still struggle with despite recent progress. I feel grateful that so much work as already been done on this front by a woman standing up and sharing their stories. There is work to be done but I feel more confident knowing there are others out there looking out for each other.

Please tell us about your work. What should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Superheroes! It’s what we do.

Beyond this, I am constantly amazing by how unified Marvel is with the many characters and films constantly in production. Everyone strives to make sure the quality and brand of each project stays consistent. The dedication of the employees to making quality content for the fans is a huge part of being part of a Marvel production and it shows in the final product. Sometimes it feels like being a part of a passion project, albeit one with plenty of backing and support!

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I think I am still figuring this one out. Success is a complicated benchmark and sometimes it feels like it is always changing.

I have learned not to compare my progress or success with others, to focus on if I am happy with my performance and if I feel like I am both making a difference and finding opportunities for growth. Additionally, I make sure to keep my work/life balance in mind. I don’t mind working overtime, especially when I enjoy my job, but I want to make sure I have time for myself and my family. My husband and I both work in the entertainment industry and our free time is frequently limited. We fully support each other in our careers, but make sure to carve out time for ourselves as well. I guess for me one aspect of success is the ability keep this balance.

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Lauren VanDerwerken
Peter Walton

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