50 Notable Alumni

Steve Eisenmann

Lighting Technical Director at Sony Pictures Imageworks, Vancouver, Canada

Art and Computer Science

Class at Parkland from 2001-2007

The list of accomplishments for Steve Eisenmann is long and illustrious. Steve has worked on the following films: Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2012-2013); Life of Pi (2011-2012), which won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects; Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011); Mr. Popper’s Penguins (2011); and Hop (2010-2011). In addition, he has worked on the television project “Cosmos: The Immortals” that received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Special and Visual Effects in 2014.
After graduating from Centennial High School in Champaign, Illinois, Steve studied at Parkland College from 2001 to 2007 and then received his Bachelor of Fine Arts, Visual Effects from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2010.
Currently a Lighting Technical Director at Sony Pictures Imageworks in Vancouver, Steve has been a 3D Generalist at Zoic Studios, Lead Lighting Artist at Nitrogen Studios Canada, Inc., and Lighting Supervisor at Mokko Studio.
His most memorable at Parkland “happened while waiting to take some placement exams. I was planning on taking the collision repair degree at the time. While waiting to take the tests I picked up a course catalog laying on a table. I thumbed through and landed on a page that had 3D animation courses. I immediately decided this was what I wanted to do. The rest is history.”