Filmmaker, Futurist-Storyteller, Artist-Technologist, Peacemaker, Soliton Images
Lisa started as a 2D animation artist in film opticals, in-camera visual effects, then analogue computer, then digital visual effects and live-action visual effects combined with animation. She worked in USA, Canada, Europe & Asia as a Visual Effects Supervisor, Second Unit Director, Pre-Production Assistant Director, and Post-Production Supervisor. International coproduction credits include: Heavy Metal, Tron, Star Wars, Inspector Gadget, Curious George, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Philip Marlowe, Ray Bradbury Theater, Outer Limits and X-Files.
Lisa was the first Visual Effects Supervisor to use digital effects in a television series: “The Twilight Zone” (1988-1989 - 30 episodes). She was recognized with Honorary Membership in Society of High Definition Arts & Sciences; and memberships in British Academy of Film and Television Arts; American Film Institute; British Kinematograph, Sound & Television Society; IEEE; SMPTE; ACM SIGGRAPH.
Invited to work at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing, Lisa set up a 'Radio, Film and Television Department' to create content & technology pipelines for co-productions and long-distance education. Lisa left Embassy work to become the first Digital Visual Effects Supervisor in China, working on Chinese films co-productions at the Beijing Film Studio and Shanghai Studio. Lisa worked for Sundance Film Institute to bring Sundance Film Festival to Beijing, and Eastman Kodak as their China Strategist to filmmakers and new technology.
During the Hollywood and Silicon Valley digital cooperation phase, Lisa’s work included converting pipelines at studios (Rhythm & Hues, Dreamworks, Pacific Data Images, ILM) into digital pipelines capable of moving large shot count feature films (Batman, Star Trek, Speed, Mousehunt) and full digital CG animation feature film pipelines (Bugs Life 3D, Atlantis, Star Trek: Experience, Antz, Shrek, Frankenstein, Final Fantasy).
Lisa served on the Board of Directors for the Visual Effects Society (Global Committee start-up and Education Committee start-up), Women in Animation (Education Committee), and the Board of Directors for the Directors Guild of America (Canada branch Technology Representative creating training for film directors to transition to digital filmmaking). Lisa also sat on the Director's Guild committee to draft the North American Free Trade Agreement for Entertainment & Technology; the International Co-Production Agreement (USA/Canada); and in China the International Co-production Agreement.
Lisa took a hiatus from Hollywood and moved to London to be a Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, for the world’s first climate-change carbon-reduction sustainable technology development fund. Upon her return to LA’s independent production scene, Lisa focused on storytelling, mentoring and consulting on new technology content creation. In China’s first Free Trade Zone, Hainan Island new technology park, Lisa spoke at the Digital Civilization Conference’s Student Bootcamp. Since inception, Lisa participates in the United Nations SciTech Digital Cooperation: “Leave No One Behind”global sustainable technology development and digital education initiatives.