London, England, UK
Lisa Foster is currently directing the new 3D animated series "Thesaurus Rex:, aimed at encouraging and challenging visual and vocabulary concepts in preschoolers. In addition to this key creative role, she has utilized her considerable technical background and created a colorful crayon world for the lovable characters to romp in. Trained at HB Studios in New York City, she spent several years as a professional film and commercial actor before turning her attention to television, where she worked in various capacities as camera operator, stage manager and finally as technical director on the award winning political panel show, Week In Review (KCLA). She began her visual effects career at Cinesite in Los Angeles as part of the complex restoration team assigned to the major task of digitally reconstructing the classic Disney animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). Following the success of these never-before-seen digital techniques, she went on to work as a technical artist on such films as Coneheads (1993), Cliffhanger (1993) and the Academy Award-nominated (for visual effects) film Super Mario Bros. (1993). As staff animator at Sony Pictures Imageworks, Foster lent her skills to such films as Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995) Wolf (1994), The Cable Guy (1996), Virtuosity (1995), Hideaway (1995) and James and the Giant Peach (1996). From there she moved into the game arena, first as a CG supervisor for Squaresoft's mega-hit game Parasite Eve (1998) (VG), in which she also directed two key cinematic sequences, and then as a CG supervisor and Technical Director for the games Evil Dead: Hail to the King (2000) (VG) and THQ's Scooby Doo (2000) (VG). After a stint as Executive Producer for the broadcast design arm of Duck Soup in Los Angeles, Ms. Foster took the Senior Producer position at Phantagram Entertainment, where she produced 32 animated cinematics for the celebrated game The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) (VG) based on the Peter Jackson film (Electronic Arts) as well as the opening character animated cinematic for game sequel Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders (2004) (VG) (NCSoft).