Wikipedia Entry:

My short biography:

I’m a professional animator, visual effects artist, director, author, film festival manager, painter, muralist, and illustrator based in Boulder City, Nevada. I’ve worked for Walt Disney Studios, PDI/DreamWorks, and numerous other production companies on more than 70 features, shorts, music videos, trailers, and commercials.

My official long biography:

Lee Lanier has worked as a professional computer animator and VFX (visual effects) artist since 1994. He has more than 70 features, shorts, music videos, trailers, and commercials to his credit. While at Buena Vista Visual Effects at Walt Disney Studios, he created VFX for numerous feature films. While at PDI/DreamWorks, he served as a senior animator on Antz and Shrek. Along the way, he directed a series of independent, animated short films that went on to play 200+ film festivals, museums, and art galleries worldwide. His 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 a world-renowned expert in the animation and VFX fields, Lee has written high-end software books that have sold 30,000 copies, has authored VFX training videos for, has taught VFX compositing at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Hollywood, and is a member of VES (Visual Effects Society).

A strong supporter of the arts, Lee co-founded the Dam Short Film Festival – Nevada’s largest film festival – and continues to serve as its executive director. He also co-manages the Boulder City branch of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, curates several art gallery spaces in Boulder City, and is a member of the Boulder City Art Guild. Lee has recently turned his skills to painting and illustration. His paintings have been featured in galleries in Las Vegas, Burbank, Culver City, Newport Beach, and Hudson, NY.

A biography written by my niece, Carissa Seth:

Carissa Seth

Mrs. Coleman

E.L.A./ Period 1

5 November, 2012

Lights, camera, action! “Somebody once told me the world is gonna roll me, l ain’t the sharpest tool in the shed.” Stop!!! Many people in America don’t realize the amount of effort

that is put into the making of a film. In the movie Shrek, for instance, the big ogre may present himself as a horrible monster, whose not very smart, but really, is just millions of computer pixels, which are all calculated and carefully placed to make what we know as an animated film. My uncle, Lee Lanier, just happens to be a computer animator who has worked on full-length films such as Antz, and Shrek, and many short films.

My uncle was born in Bowling Green, Ohio and grew up in Dayton, Ohio until he moved to Decatur, Alabama. Although my uncle Lee didn’t participate in clubs, he was on the track and cross country team. When he was a kid, he often made plastic models, put together Legos, drew pictures, and made super-8 movies. He’s always loved painting and drawing, which is something we both have in common. Also, we both knew we wanted to be artists when we were very young. According to my Uncle Lee, he couldn’t remember any time when he didn’t want to be an artist. In fact, he started wanting to be a filmmaker when he was eleven! He has brown hair with brown eyes, and a small beard, which instantly gives him a look of an artist. Most of his Facebook photos show him working behind a camera or with other technology. He is about five foot six and has a slight build. He’s forty-five but moves and dresses in a youthful manner. He usually wears khaki cargo shorts with a simple button down short sleeved shirt and sometimes wears baseball style caps.

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