Merging Lighting and Technology to Create Unforgettable Animated Films at Pixar
With a passion for combining computer technology with photography and lighting, Danielle Feinberg is living out a career dream as Director of Photography at Pixar, one of the world’s premier computer animation film studios, where she has worked her magic on some of Pixar’s biggest award-winning movies.
Danielle, after earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in computer science from Harvard University in 1996, began at Pixar (a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company) working as a render wrangler – an entry level, problem-solving position – on the feature film, A Bug’s Life. During this time, she developed a penchant for lighting, including using lighting and computer animation as both technology and art to create dynamic, emotional images in film. Her talent did not go unrecognized: Before the filming of A Bug’s Life ended, Danielle, just age 23, was put in charge of a production crew of nine men — eight of whom were older than herself.
She went on to light on many of Pixar’s top feature films including Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., the Academy Award-winning Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and Ratatouille. Feinberg was the director of photography for lighting on Pixar’s Academy Award-winning films WALL-E and Brave. She is now hard at work on Pixar’s upcoming film, Coco, due out in 2017.
In addition to making movies, Danielle enjoys mentoring teenage girls, encouraging them to pursue code, math and science.
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