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Danielle Feinberg

Sunday, May 6, 12:15pm - 1:45pm

Danielle Feinberg began her career at 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 finished work on Pixar's November 2017 film “Coco”.

At the age of 23, Feinberg’s first role at Pixar was as lead render technical director on “A Bug’s Life,” where she in charge of a team of nine men, eight of whom were older than herself. She also got her first taste of lighting on that film and quickly discovered her passion for it because of the unique combination of technology and art.

Feinberg went on to work as a lighting artist on many of Pixar’s feature films, where she quickly moved up in the ranks – from master lighting artist on “Toy Story 2,” and “Monsters, Inc.” to lead lighting artist on the “The Incredibles.” On “Finding Nemo,” Feinberg took on the role of Ocean Unit CG supervisor, where she was responsible for the team creating the scenes in the depths of the ocean, the field of pink jellyfish and the rollercoaster ride with the turtles.

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.

Feinberg was once again in a lead creative role as director of photography-lighting for “Brave,” which stars Pixar’s first female protagonist.

November of 2017 will find Coco, the latest film Feinberg directed the lighting for, arriving in theaters. It is an epic 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, Colorado, 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 beautiful simplicity she found with the programmed art of the Logo turtle.

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Photo Credits: Disney/PIXAR

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