Ziah Fogel is a multi-disciplined product manager with over seventeen years of experience; specializing in storytelling, technology, animation, visual effects, photography, and cinematography.
Ziah studied Computer Science and Cinema Production at the University of Southern California, where she graduated in 2000, earning two degrees. Ziah then briefly served as a Technical Assistant at Industrial Light & Magic in San Rafael, CA before joining Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, CA as a Technical Director in 2001.
Ziah has over thirteen years experience as a technical director and supervisor for animated and visual effects films. She spent eight years at Pixar Animation Studios, where she worked on films such as Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, and Wall-E. She’s also supervised technical teams at both Framestore and Double Negative Visual Effects in London, and on the first ever feature animation movie in Argentina, Metegol.
Having decided to transition her career into the startup tech world, Ziah has been working as a Product Manager since 2013, where she first used her knowledge and skills to own the creation of visually stimulating, medically accurate computer graphics animations of surgical procedures as the Product Lead of Content at Touch Surgery.
Continuing her work on product, Ziah worked as a Senior Product Manager for Twilio, where she was responsible for the Twilio account console, where developers manage their accounts, configure their services, and build intelligent and complex communications systems.
Ziah is currently a Senior Product Manager working on Shotgun Software at Autodesk, where she is responsible for production analytics tools to help users gain insights and make better decisions based on their data across teams working on visual effects, animation, games, and other media.
Throughout her career, Ziah has always enjoyed working on the cutting edge of technology and entertainment, with some of the most incredible people and most innovative companies in the world.
Ziah’s greatest assets are her management and organizational skills; her capacity to work well with all types of people; her ability to flourish in a fast-paced, high-stress environment; and her experience working in all different kinds of organizations and pipelines, which has taught her a great deal about delivering successful projects and products.
With her education and experience in cinema production and computer science, Ziah has both a great aesthetic sense and a keen technical ability, enabling her to bridge the gap between the artistic and the technical.
Ziah is deeply rooted in large-scale production and advanced technology. As part of her journey, she has developed a good understanding of the technologies and methodologies that can be used to drive projects to completion.
Ziah is excited about the opportunity to work with talented, creative, driven people and help shape the products of the future.
You can see Ziah’s filmography on IMDB.