With a background both in entertainment and education, Tad Leckman has spent the past twenty years focused on the learning and development of artists, designers, writers and engineers. After a successful career as a digital artist and supervisor at Industrial Light and Magic, Tad changed his focus to teaching full-time, and has taught at Academy of Art University, Savannah College of Art and Design, NYU, Escape Studios and University of California Santa Cruz.

In 2008, Tad returned to Lucasfilm as Director of Training, overseeing The Jedi Masters Program, staff development and internships for the company's combined animation, visual effects and game development studio in Singapore. Tad has held senior learning and development roles at Blizzard Entertainment and Riot Games. He returned to his alma mater, UC Santa Cruz, as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Arts Division in 2017, and is curently a Lecturer for the Computational Media department, teaching graduate and undergraduate game development, game design and professional practices classes.

Tad has lectured at SIGGRAPH, SIGGRAPH Asia, Tribeca Games, The Brooklyn Art Museum, AnimFX/NZ, CG Overdrive, Games Asia, Seoul International Animation and Cartoon Festival, DigiPen, Savannah Film Festival, VES Festival of Visual Effects, National Youth Leadership Forum on Technology, Port Townsend Film Festival, and QuickTime Live.

Riot Games Credits
2016   League of Legends - Director of Art Education

Blizzard Entertainment Credits
2016   Overwatch - Senior Training Manager, Cinematics
2015   StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void - Senior Training Manager, Cinematics
2014   Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Senior Training Manager, Cinematics
2014   World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor - Senior Training Manager, Cinematics
2014   Hearthstone - Senior Training Manager, Cinematics

Lucasfilm Animation Credits
2010   Season Three Star Wars: Clone Wars - Director of Training
2009   Season Two Star Wars: Clone Wars - Director of Training
2008   Season One Star Wars: Clone Wars - Director of Training

ILM Credits
Feature Film
2011   Rango - Director of Training
2004   VanHelsing - Previz Supervisor
2003   Peter Pan - Previz Supervisor
2003   Terminator 3: The Rise of the Machines - Previz Supervisor
2002   Gangs of New York - Previz Supervisor
2003   The Hulk - Digital Concept Artist
2002   Dreamcatcher - Previz Supervisor
2002   Dreamcatcher - Digital Concept Artist
2002   K19: The Widowmaker - Previz Supervisor
2002   Minority Report - Previz Supervisor
2002   Star Wars: Episode II - Digital Artist
2002   The Time Machine - Previz Supervisor
2002   Imposter - Digital Artist
2001   The Majestic - Previz Supervisor
2001   Planet of the Apes - Digital Artist
2001   Planet of the Apes - Previz Supervisor
2001   Big Trouble - Previz Artist
2001   The Mummy Returns - Previz Supervisor
2001   The Pledge - Compositor
2000   Space Cowboys - Previz Supervisor
2000   Space Cowboys - Assistant Visual Effects Art Director
1999   Galaxy Quest - Previz Supervisor
1999   Frankenstein (Unproduced Universal Digital Feature) - Lead Layout Animator
1998   XO (Unproduced Dreamworks Digital Feature) - Digital Concept Artist
1997   Men In Black - Rebel Mac Unit Production Manager
1996   Star Trek: First Contact - Rebel Mac Unit Project Leader/Digital Matte Artist

2001   ILM Commercial Productions I.D. - Director/Art Director/Digital Artist
2000   Energizer Titanium - Previz Artist
2000   Simpata.com "Mt. Papyrus" - Motion Graphics Animator
1999   Rhythms DSL "Data Dancers" - Previz Artist
1998   First Union Bank "Sharks" - Motion Graphics Animator
1997   Telecom Asia - Digital Matte Artist
1997   Doritos "Thrilling" - Technical Director

Other Credits
Short Films
2009   Quest for Crime - Writer
2002   Corpus Delicti - Art Director
2000   The Collector - Visual Effects/Body Double

: back to main portfolio :