Lance Winkel is an award winning animated filmmaker, film festival programmer, animation educator, and practicing artist. As an effects artist and animator, his commercial clients have included Ford, Honda, Nissan, and Warner Brothers. His educational accomplishments include a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts from the University of Washington and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Experimental Animation from the California Institute of the Arts. While at CalArts, Lance studied both 3D computer graphics as well as traditional cinematography. Lance has taught 3D Computer Graphics Animation for over a decade at many prominent universities across southern California. Lance joined the Information Technology Program at USC as a full-time lecturer in January 2008 and has been championing many exciting improvements to ITP's 3D Animation Curriculum and 3D Animation Minor.