Danielle Feinberg

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Danielle Feinberg
ResidenceOakland, California, U.S.
Alma materHarvard University
computer scientist
Years active1997-present
EmployerPixar Animation Studios (1997-present)
Notable work
WALL-E (2008)
Brave (2012)

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]


  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.