Robert Lence

Incubation 2.0 – Directing Animated Feature Film
Disney DreamWorks Pixar

Robert Lence has been a major contributor on some of the most successful films in the history of animated features.

In his twenty-eight-year animation career, he has worked as a Screenwriter, Head of Story, Storyboard Artist, Visual Development Artist, and Story Consultant, helping create original characters, writing dialogue, and shaping the story on over a dozen major-release animated features.

Robert has worked at Walt Disney, Pixar, and Dreamworks. His film work includes such all-time hits as “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King,” “Toy Story,” “A Bug’s Life” and “Shrek.” Robert served as Co-Head of Story on Pixar’s 1995 “Toy Story,” the first ever computer animated feature film.

A graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Robert holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature. Robert attended the California Institute of the Arts’ highly regarded Character Animation program for two years. He has also served as a member of the Cal Arts faculty, as a story teacher and story consultant.

Robert is also a member of the Writers Guild of America. He recently illustrated his first children’s book, “Wrestling the ABC’s.”

A native of New York City, Robert has worked, taught and lectured in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, New York, London, Mexico, Uruguay, China, Korea and Russia. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California.


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Incubation 2.0 – Directing Animated Feature Film

Robert Lence
Disney, DreamWorks, Pixar
Len Simon
Shelley Hoffman
Rustam Hasanov
Disney, DreamWorks, HBO
Tom Owens
Disney, DreamWorks
March - September 2022
11 weeks + online
intermediate to advance experience
5 projects
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