LaBounta joined EA as Senior Art Director for 'SSX3' and since then has also held the role of Chief Visual Officer for EA Sports. LaBounta developed the Need for Speed, Godfather and Skate teams. He recently completed work on EA's new highly rated game Skate while he consulted on Burnout Paradise and Need for Speed Pro Street.
LaBounta came to EA via PDI/DreamWorks, where he supervised visual effects for the Steven Spielberg film Minority Report. Other recent film credits include A.I., Mission Impossible 2and Forces of Nature. He originally joined DreamWorks in 1996 to supervise the climactic Red Sea sequence in The Prince of Egypt.
Prior to joining DreamWorks he worked at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) on many feature films including: Twister, Casper and Star Trek VII Generations. Prior to working at ILM, LaBounta did award-winning broadcast and commercial work in New York and Atlanta.
In 1996, LaBounta was nominated for an Academy Award for designing the look and techniques for the tornadoes and related effects on Twister.
In the same year, he was awarded the BAFTA (British Academy Award) for his work on that film.