Feinberg of Pixar Animation Studios Will Deliver Keynote Presentation at Lightfair International

Keynote Danielle Feinberg of Pixar Animation Studios will deliver a keynote presentation at LIGHTFAIR International 2018 on Sunday, May 6. Her experience in lighting Academy Award-winning films combines technology and art. LIGHTFAIR takes place in Chicago at McCormick Place May 6 – 10, 2018, (Pre-Conference LIGHTFAIR Institute: May 6 – 7; Trade Show & Conference: May 8 – 10).

Feinberg joined Pixar Animation Studios in February 1997 and has worked on films such as “Monsters Inc.,” the Academy Award-winning “Finding Nemo,” “The Incredibles” and “Ratatouille”. Feinberg was the director of photography-lighting for the Academy Award-winning features “WALL•E” and “Brave”. She just completed work on the Pixar film, “Coco”.

At age 23, Feinberg’s first role at Pixar was lead render technical director on “A Bug’s Life”. She experienced lighting on that film and discovered her passion for it because of the combination of technology and art.”

Feinberg then was a lighting artist on many Pixar feature films such as master lighting artist on “Toy Story 2” and “Monsters Inc.” and then became lead lighting artist on “The Incredibles”. On “Finding Nemo,” Feinberg was ocean unit CG supervisor leading the team creating the scenes in the depths of the ocean.

“For “WALL•E,” she returned to her passion of lighting as the director of photography for lighting. In that role she led a team of over 35 lighting artists to design and execute the photo-real filmic look envisioned by the film’s director and worked on “Brave”.

“Coco,” the latest film Feinberg directed the lighting for, arrived in theaters last month. “It is a film about chasing your dreams and the importance of family, set against the backdrop of Mexico and the Day of the Dead holiday.”

“A native of Boulder, Colo., Feinberg’s love of combining computers and art began when she was eight years old, and first programmed a Logo turtle to create images. This eventually led her to a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from Harvard University. Now, in addition to her Pixar work, she works with teenage girls, encouraging them to pursue math and science by demonstrating to them the same simplicity she found with the programmed art of the Logo turtle.” She led a TED talk that was part of the PBS “Science and Wonder” presentation for TED Talks Live.

Visit here for additional information about the LIGHTFAIR International 2018 Keynotes and Impact Speakers.

For LIGHTFAIR International 2018, the pre-conference program will take place from Sunday, May 6 – Monday, May 7, and the LFI Trade Show and Conference will run from Tuesday, May 8 – Thursday, May 10.

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