Danielle Feinberg is director of photography for lighting at Pixar Animation Studios. Feinberg began her career at Pixar in 1997, after receiving her BA in computer science from Harvard University. Her first position was on the movie A Bug's Life as a render wrangler, an entry level, problem-solving position, and she soon was leading the otherwise all-male department. Feinberg got her first taste of lighting during this time and fell in love with creating the final image for film. She went on to light many of Pixar's films, including Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., the Oscar-winning Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Ratatouille.
Another Oscar winner, Wall•E, was Feinberg's first movie directing the lighting as director of photography. It was heaven for someone whose greatest inspiration is using technology to make art. Currently, Feinberg is working on the 2012 film Brave, featuring Pixar's first film with a girl as the main character.
Feinberg has given talks about the challenges of making Pixar's film in various cities across Europe, Asia, and the United States. She also gives talks to girls of all ages about the math and science behind computer animation. Using the excitement of movie making to inspire her audience, Feinberg aims the talks at encouraging girls to stay interested in the sciences.
Feinberg was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, and graduated from Boulder High School. She currently resides in Oakland, California, where she has a fine art photography company, and serves on the advisory board for digital film making at the Art Institute of California.