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I worked at PDI/DreamWorks from 1993 to 2006, writing in-house computer animation software, with a focus on UX.
In my nonexistent spare time, I wrote the iOS app The Fourth Dimension, which has had over 25,000 paid installs and has a 4.5 star average from 570 App Store ratings, despite being a small niche tutorial about higher dimensional mathematics. The Fourth Dimension received glowing reviews on The Verge, Cult of Mac, BuzzFeed, and other sites.
In 2013, I received a Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for writing the interactive 3D lighting application Light with my coworkers Lawrence Kesteloot and Dan Wexler. DreamWorks used this software on most of its animated films for over 15 years.
I have credits on Batman Forever, The Arrival, Antz, Shrek, Shrek 2, Madagascar, Over the Hedge, Flushed Away, and Shrek the Third.
Shrek won the very first Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
I grew up in upstate New York and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area after attending Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
I live in Palo Alto with my wonderful family, Greta, Miranda, and Axel.