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Danielle Feinberg
Alma materHarvard University
computer scientist
Years active1997-present
EmployerPixar Animation Studios (1997-present)
Notable work
WALL-E (2008)
Brave (2012)
Coco (2017)

Danielle Feinberg is an American cinematographer and Director of Photography for Lighting at Pixar Animation Studios. She directed lighting for the Academy Award-winning films WALL-E, Brave and Coco.

Life and career

Danielle Feinberg was born in Boulder, Colorado and graduated from Boulder High School. Growing up, she attended summer camps and after-school programs for students interested in computer programming and engineering.[1] She attended Harvard University, where she was introduced to computer animation in a computer graphics course during her junior year.[2] She graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in computer science.

After graduating from Harvard, she started working at Pixar in February 1997 as a technician managing the large libraries of data and images for rendering A Bug's Life.[1] She has since been credited for leading work in visual effects, technical direction, and graphics.[3]

Outside of Pixar, she mentors girls to get them interested in STEM through groups like Girls Who Code. She says yes to every talk which provides a platform to inspire and encourage girls to dreams and pursue it by getting into STEM fields.[4] In fact, the made with code, which is an initiative launched by Google, was kick started with her inspiring keynote.[5]

In 2015, she appeared in the documentary Code: Debugging the Gender Gap. In November 2015, she delivered a talk on science and art at TED talks live at New York. It was also streamed by PBS.[6]


Feature films

Year Title Role Notes
1998 A Bug's Life lead render technical director
1999 Toy Story 2 master lighting artist
2001 Monsters, Inc master lighting artist
2003 Finding Nemo computer graphics supervisor lead development on ocean graphics unit[7]
2004 The Incredibles lead lighting artist
2007 Ratatouille master lighting artist
2008 WALL-E director of photography in lighting
2012 Brave director of photography in lighting
2015 Inside Out master lighting artist
2017 Coco director of photography in lighting

Short films

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Exploring the Reef technical supervisor short documentary film distributed with Finding Nemo
2006 Lifted lighting artist Initial theatrical release with Ratatouille
2008 BURN-E lighting consultant
2009 Partly Cloudy lighting Initial theatrical release with UP


Year Movie Award Notes
2018 Coco Won Annie award Outstanding achievement for product design in an animated feature production.[8]

See also


  1. ^ a b Suechting, Max (July–August 2015). "Action, Camera, Lights: Putting the finishing touches on animated worlds". Harvard Magazine. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  2. ^ "Q&A with Danielle Feinberg". Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  3. ^ "IMDb Danielle Feinberg". Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  4. ^ "Danielle Feinberg on getting women in STEM". Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  5. ^ "Made with code kicks off with Danielle Feinberg". Retrieved June 21, 2014.
  6. ^ "Danielle Feinberg at TED Talks Live". Retrieved April 16, 2016.
  7. ^ "TED Talk: The magic ingredient that brings Pixar movies to life". Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  8. ^ "Nominees for Annie Award". Retrieved December 10, 2017.