Max Parker: Behind the Scenes
Our very first story follows Max Parker, a talented VFX Artist who also runs the Best Mac Setups Community.
Read his story below!
Tell us a bit about what you do for a living
I’ve been into Visual Effects / Motion Graphics for a few years as a hobby, and now I’m a freelancer based out of Los Angeles, California.
How is your workspace set up?
I like to keep it simple (and dark). I have my monitor right in the center. Just to the left, I have my laptop on it’s stand with the screen right next to my monitor.Below my monitor is my ThunderBolt 3 Dock, which I use to connect everything back to my laptop using only one cable. Then, it’s just my mouse and keyboard on a really wide desk mat.
What hardware/equipment do you use?
- Monitor – Dell U2718Q
- Laptop – 2017 15″ MacBook Pro with TouchBar (full specs)
- ThunderBolt 3 Dock – OWC 14-Port ThunderBolt 3 Dock
- Keyboard – Apple Magic Keyboard 2 (Space Gray)
- Mouse – Razer Lancehead Wireless
- Laptop Stand – Rain Design mStand (Space Gray)
- Desk Mat – Liebird Extended XXL Mouse Mat.
There’s some more that you can find at
What software do you use?
I primarily use the Adobe CC Suite of software. This includes Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere, Lightroom, Etc. But, I also use many other pieces of software like Blender, Maya, Substance Painter, DaVinci Resolve, and some others.
What does a typical work day look like?
Since I’m a freelancer, it varies a lot. Usually, I’ll wake up and check the progress of all of my projects. I’ll start working on the most time-sensitive projects or projects that are due soon when I arrive home from school (I’m still a student.). When I’m at school, however, I will often chat with clients and take notes about the project when I have breaks. Also, I do all of my rendering/exporting at night so that I do not take up valuable work time.
Follow Max on Instagram: @maxparkervfx
Follow Best Mac Setups on Instagram: @bestmacsetups
Thank you Max!
– the WorkSpaceX Team