Danielle's Open Road


    Women in STEM Roadtrip


Director of Photography
Pixar Animation Studios

“You can get a lot of things by working hard...You don’t have to have some sort of genius; you just have to work hard.”


Art Technology


Opportunity Goals Hard Work Fulfillment Experience Passion Exploration Confidence Doubt Values


Being Creative


  • She went to Harvard University and studied computer science.
  • She was especially taken with her computer animation and graphics classes, and decided that’s what she wanted to do for a living.
  • She’s been at Pixar for over 20 years; she started in an entry-level technical position working on A Bug’s Life.
  • She realized that lighting animation was really where the films came together, and that lighting brought together coding, problem-solving, and art in a way that felt magical to her.
  • One of her favorite moments working at Pixar was getting to light the jellyfish in Finding Nemo.
  • She’d fought to be able to light that scene, so when she got it, she stayed late for several days trying to make it look perfect.
  • When she finally screened the scene with the director, the whole room started clapping; that payoff taught her that putting the extra time into her work would always be worth it.
  • Says that women in art and technology have the power to change society faster than anyone, and encourages young women to use STEM to help change social issues they care about.

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