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Lance Winkel


Professional Experience

3D Generalist, Lead Animator, Technical Director

Image G, Studio City, CA

  • Over a dozen commercials for clients including Ford Motor Company, Nissan Motor Company, Warner Brothers, J. Walter Thomson, and Luminary Films.
  • Lead animator for previsualization and visual effects technical director for all commercials.
  • Photo real props, sets, and vehicle detail modeling.
  • Scene setup from Maya previz to motion control camera and vice-versa.
2002 - present
Professor, Animation Faculty

Art Institute of California – Orange County, Santa Ana, CA
  • Character Modeling, Advanced Character Rigging, 3D Visual Effects, Compositing, Portfolio
  • Portfolio Review Committee, 2003 - present
  • Technology Committee, 2004 - 2005
  • Curriculum Committee, 2004 - present
November 2002-September 2005
Director of Shorts Programming

Newport Beach Film Festival, Newport Beach, CA
  • Managed a core volunteer staff of six programmers and three assistants
  • Improved the overall quality of accepted films.
  • Programmed 232 short films into 31 programs for the 2005 festival, an increase of over 100% since 2002.
  • Grew international and student short film programming
  • Doubled audience attendance for short film programs
  • Streamlined the shorts program selection making processes to accommodate the consideration of over a thousand film submissions per year.
  • As the primary technical advocate for the Festival, determined the Festival’s technology, post, and theatrical presentation needs.  Approached investors and/or providers to develop sponsorship to meet determined needs and work with the sponsorship coordinator to guarantee sponsor fulfillment.
Freelance Photographer and Videographer

Orange County, CA
  • Clients include Vertigo Clothing, Giovenezza Cosmetic Surgery, Newport Beach Film Festival

“Within an Endless Sky”
Animated CGI Short Film – Valencia, CA
  •  “Best Animated Short Film” – 2002 Newport Beach Film Festival, Newport Beach, California
  • “Grand Prize - Digital Cinema” – 2002 Digital Art Awards, Keiko Research Institute, Fujisawa, Japan
  • SIGGRAPH 2002, Computer Animation Festival Participant

Adjunct Professor, Digital Media Arts Faculty

Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA

Adjunct Professor, Fine Arts Faculty

California State University, Fullerton, CA

Adjunct Professor, Fine Arts Faculty

Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA

Academy Cinematography Intern

“No Problem”
Independent Film – Pasadena, CA

  • Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Production Intern to Richard P. Crudo, ASC

Director of Photography

Independent Film – Santa Barbara, CA


Independent Film – Valencia, CA

Environment Artist / Level Designer

“Fall Haven” Multiplayer Map Pack
Quake 2 Capture the Flag expansion – Seattle, WAArtist / Illustrator                                 

Steve Jackson Games

Fantasy Gaming Publisher – Austin, TX

  • Over fifteen published works for print and web


MFA – Experimental Animation, May 2001                 California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

BA – Interdisciplinary Visual Arts, May 1997               University of Washington, Seattle, WA


  • Maya Unlimited – 9 years of experience
  • 3D Studio MAX, Softimage, Renderman/MTOR, Mental Ray, Final Cut Pro, After Effects, Combustion
  • IRIX/UNIX, Mac OS-X, Windows, Network and Systems Administration
  • Cinematography and video production background
  • Panavision and Arriflex 35mm motion picture cameras
  • Gaffing, grip, and electrical