If you’ve not heard of Lee Danskin – well now is the time to get introduced. When it comes to Autodesk Maya, this is a man worth knowing. Director of Technology at Escape-Technology and the man who had a hand in creating Maya 1.0 (the 3D package that revolutionised the industry), Lee has enjoyed an incredible 18-year career working on high profile projects for some of the UK’s biggest VFX studios.
So here’s a little summary of what makes Lee so awesome… after working at The Film Factory at VTR, Lee co-founded Smoke and Mirrors 3D, where he produced high-profile commercials as well as the title sequence for The World Is Not Enough. Lee subsequently served as Deputy Head of 3D at The Moving Picture Company (MPC), working on FX for the Tomb Raider (the film) as well as a string of famous TV commercials, including the celebrated Sony Bravia ‘colour’ series and spots for Volkswagen, BMW, Shell Oil, and Guinness.
For 8 years, Lee was Escape Studios’ Maya Guru and Training Development Director. His vision for Escape Studios’ training programme mirrored the trends at work in the CG industry as a whole; where new techniques and technologies keep CG growing ever more sophisticated and specialised. We still teach this course today both in the classroom and online.
Want to learn from a Maya Master? On Thursday 21 November we’ll be joined by Lee Danskin, and delve into the history of Maya, the impact it has had on digital industries and its infinite potential for digital artists today.