Virginia Bowman Wissler

B.F.A., painting, Pepperdine University, 1993

"What most inspires me about teaching is helping others achieve their goals and dreams. My career in film was made possible by the time and aid given to me by many people along my path, in the form of co-workers, teachers, family and friends. Teaching is my way of 'paying forward' this debt of gratitude. I strive to help each student who comes my way and, at the same time, feel that if I am able to make a difference in even one student's life then my job has been a success."

Virginia Bowman Wissler | Visual effects professor

Awards, recognition and honors

Contributed to Academy and VES Award-winning and Award-nominated blockbuster films, including "Spider-Man 2," "Matrix Reloaded" and "The Aviator"


ACM SIGGRAPH, College Art Association

Previous Positions

Digital trainer, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Culver City, California; senior technical director, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Culver City, California; technical director, Santa Barbara Studios, Santa Barbara, California

Publications and presentations

  • Presentation and professional workshop: Lighting Concepts Series, Artistic Image, Atlanta, Georgia, 2007
  • Speaker: representing Sony Imageworks in "Studio Views of Demo Reels" panel, SIGGRAPH Conference, Los Angeles, California, 2005
  • Presentation: "Becoming a Digital Effects Artist," George Lindsey Film Festival, Florence, Alabama, 2005
  • Session artist: Image and Meaning II, workshop on scientific imagery, Los Angeles, California, 2005
  • Display: "KIA Interactive," electric image booth, SIGGRAPH Conference, Los Angeles, California, 1996