Eric Hanson is a visual effects designer specializing in the creation of digital environments. Having worked with leading visual effects houses such as Digital Domain, Sony Imageworks, Dream Quest Images, and Walt Disney Feature Animation, his work can be seen in “The Day After Tomorrow”, “Cast Away”, “Mission to Mars”, “Fantasia 2000”, and “The Fifth Element”, among others. He currently is a partner of xRez Studios, a practice engaged in leveraging emerging graphics technologies to disparate markets, including natural history, cultural heritage, and entertainment. He has authored four educational DVDs on digital environments for The Gnomon Workshop, as well as having published two books on Maya technique. He is also an Associate Professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, leading their curriculum in visual effects. Eric is a member of the VES, IVRPA, PMA, ACM/Siggraph and attended the University of Texas at Austin in Architecture. He wishes he could sleep more.