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Lance Winkel

Lance Winkel
Senior Lecturer
Teaches In
Product Design

MFA, California Insitute of the Arts, Experimental Animation, (2001)
BFA, University of Washington, Interdisciplinary Visual Arts


Lance Winkel is a 3D designer and Senior Lecturer at USC's Viterbi School of Engineering, where he oversees the Information Technology Program's 3D Computer Graphics and Modeling minor, and 3D animation, VFX, and 3D design and prototyping courses. He is a passionate advocate for building solid curricula and innovating new approaches to teaching interdisciplinary collaborative design, 3D printing, and product development at all academic levels. When not teaching, he is envisioning ways to remodel his home into the NCSS Nostromo from Alien or contributing to his local design and film communities. Lance is an award-winning animated filmmaker, photographer, practicing artist, and model-maker Such + Such. 

  • 2002  Grand Prize in Digital Cinema, Keio Research Institute
  • 2002 Best Animated Short Film | Newport Beach Film Festival | 'Within an Endless Sky" 
  • 2002 International Film Festival |Palm Springs 
  • 2002 SIGGRAPH
  • Within an Endless Sky | Animated Short Film | 2001
  • Betaville | Animated Short Film | 1999
  • Steve Jackson Games | Illustrated 15 Games | 1998
Clients/Employment History:  
  • University of Southern California | Viterbi School of Engineering - Information Technology Program | Senior Faculty | 2007 - Present               
  • Orange Coast College | Faculty | 3D Computer Graphics Animation | 2002 - Present
  • Loyola Marymount University | Adjunct Professor | Fine Arts | Computer Animation
  • Image G | Visual Effects Artist | 2002 - Present
  • Ford Motor Company | Visual Effects Technical Director and Lead Animator |Commercials:  Nissan, Warner Bros., Luminary Films
  • J. Walter Thompson | Visual Effects Artist and Design | Prop Design, Sets, and Vehicles
  • Freelance Photographer and Videographer