Li-Mang "Lawrence" Lee

*Occupation/Title: *
Animator/Visual effects artist/Head and Lead of FX at DreamWorks Animation.

*Education/Training: *
1981-1985 Mark Keppel High School
1985-1990 UCLA, BS/MS Aerospace Engineering

*Career Outline:*
Head of Effects DreamWorks Animation Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; DWA; Animation industry February 2009 Present (3 years 9 months)
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)
Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special (2010)
FX artist
DreamWorks Animation Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; DWA; Animation industry April 2011 July 2011 (4 months)
Puss in Boots (2011)
Lead FX Animator/Developer Dreamworks Animation Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; DWA; Animation industry April 2003 January 2009 (5 years 10 months)
How To Train Your Dragon
Kung-Fu Panda
Over The Hedge
Shark Tale
FX animator Walt Disney Feature Animation< Public Company; 501-1000 employees; DIS; Animation industry April 2000 April 2003 (3 years 1 month)
Mickey's Philharmagic
Reign of Fire
Look Development TD Walt Disney Feature Animation Public Company; 501-1000 employees; DIS; Animation industry August 1997 April 2000 (2 years 9 months)
Atlantis - The Lost Empire
Production Software Engineer Walt Disney Feature Animation Public Company; 501-1000 employees; DIS; Animation industry December 1994 August 1997 (2 years 9 months)
Credits: Dinosaur, Tarzan, Mulan, Hercules, Hunchback of Notre Dame Member of the Technical Staff The Aeorspace Corporation December 1990 November 1994 (4 years)
Computer Aided Engineering
Launch Vehicle Thermal

*Comments On Style:*
Lawrence's style is based highly in the technical realm of visual effects. His skills and expertise concern the mastery and use of Maya, MEL, Houdini, Naiad, Renderman, Nuke, and computer software and programming language like C/C++, Simulations, Python, Tlc/Tk, and Perl. Articles online mentioned him as having a particular influence and being a notable creative input for the look of an explosion in the scene of Kung Fu Panda. Trying to elaborate on this, I believe he was responsible for be stylistically keen to emulating Asian and Chinese elements and style within his FX work.
*Filmography:*
Visual Effects (9 titles)
2011 Kung Fu Panda 2 (head of effects)
2010 Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special (TV short) (head of effects)
2010 How to Train Your Dragon (effects animator)
2008 Kung Fu Panda (lead effects animator)
2006 Over the Hedge (lead effects animator)
2004 Shark Tale (visual effects animator)
2003 Mickey's PhilharMagic (short) (look development)
2002 Reign of Fire (visual effects animator)
2001 Atlantis: The Lost Empire (lighting artist - as Li-Ming Lawrence Lee, look development technical director - as Li-Ming Lawrence Lee)
Miscellaneous Crew (4 titles)
1999 Fantasia/2000 (technology crew)
1998 Mulan (technology crew: California)
1997 Hercules (technology production supporter)
1996 The Hunchback of Notre Dame (technology production supporter)

*Honors: *
2009, Nominated for Visual Effect Society Awards for Kung Fu Panda (2008)
2009, Won Annie Awards for best animated effects for Kung Fu Panda

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*Contributors To This Listing*:
Trisha Howland

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