1) Biography

A little bit about myself… I’ve worked as a professional computer animator and visual effects artist since 1994. I have 70 features, shorts, music videos, trailers, and commercials to my credit. While at Buena Vista Visual Effects at Walt Disney Studios, I created VFX for numerous feature films. While at PDI/DreamWorks, I served as a senior animator on Antz and Shrek. Along the way, I directed a series of independent, animated short films that went on to play 200+ film festivals, museums, and art galleries worldwide. My work has been featured at such venues as Sundance, Slamdance, SXSW, the Ottawa International Animation Festival, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Smithsonian Institution.

As an expert in the animation and VFX fields, I’ve written high-end software books that have sold 30,000+ copies, authored VFX training videos for lynda.com and Linkedin Learning, taught VFX compositing at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Hollywood, and am a member of VES (Visual Effects Society).

A strong supporter of the arts, I co-founded the Dam Short Film Festival, an internationally recognized event. In 2015, I turned to figurative and narrative painting – to see my fine art, visit Lee-Lanier-Paints.com. There’s also my Wikipedia page and my film CV. Thanks for dropping by!