Lance Winkel is an award winning animated filmmaker, visual effects artist, film festival programmer, and animation educator, living in Orange County, California. When he is not teaching the craft of animation and filmmaking, he is working on commercial productions. Clients include Ford, Honda, Nissan, and Warner Brothers. While commercial production often requires an artist to wear many hats, his primary specialization is in 3D Computer Graphics Animation as a previsualization and post production artist.
His educational accomplishments include a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts from the University of Washington, and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Experimental Animation from the California Institute of the Arts. While at CalArts, Lance studied both 3D computer graphics as well as traditional cinematography where he interned under the tutelage of Richard P. Crudo ASC, the past president and current vice-president of the American Society of Cinematographers. He also had the privilege of working closely with producers Eric Sherman and Thomas Barron over the years.
Lance was offered the position of Director of Shorts Programming at the Newport Beach Film Festival in fall 2002 after his graduate thesis film “Within an Endless Sky” won the first ever Newport Beach Film Festival “Best Animated Short Film” award the previous spring. Successive NBFF award winners have included “The Eternal Gaze” by Sam Chen and “Nine” by Shane Acker. In the three years as Director of Shorts Programming at NBFF, Lance developed a talented team of programmers and championed the steady expansion of the shorts film program at the Festival, from just over 100 short films in 2003, to almost 250 short films in 2005. As a testament to the programming team’s accomplishments, ticket sales and attendance for short film programs nearly tripled during this same time. He left the Newport Beach Film Festival in the fall of 2005 to begin writing his next film.
“Within an Endless Sky” also participated in SIGGRAPH 2002, and won the “Grand Prize – Digital Cinema” at the Digital Art Awards at Keio Research Institute in Fujisawa, Japan.
Lance currently teaches computer animation courses at the Art Institute of California - Orange County and Orange Coast College and has additionally taught for Cal State Fullerton, Loyola Marymount University, and the Art Institute of California – Los Angeles.
Outside of writing his next film and work, Lance enjoys spending time with family, friends, playing video games, and going to the symphony.