Otto Lai began his Computer Graphics Career in New York City as a modeler on MTV’s "Celebrity Death Match" and then as an animator on Nickelodeon’s "Little Bill". Since moving to San Diego in 2006, he took a short break from the freelance lifestyle and found teaching to be equally fulfilling, meanwhile publishing his own textbook "Mobubook" - a Motionbuilder and Maya manual. In 2010, Otto transitioned to Stereoscopic 3D conversion and after working on Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" he was promoted to Head Compositing Trainer at Legend3D.
Outside the classroom, Otto enjoys being involved in community events like group art shows and music festivals. Other interests are experimenting with Open Source software and participating in Video Game Jams. Recently, he has been building custom furniture with ergonomic design based on feedback from students and artists. Collaboration is his favorite pastime.
Otto received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Film and Television from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. His Masters of Science Degree in Digital Imaging and Design is also from NYU.