Johnston joined Walt Disney Feature Animation during production of The Little Mermaid and was part of the team that brought the first digital ink-and-paint system on-line for The Rescuers Down Under He was one of the principal designers of the ground-breaking ballroom sequence in Beauty and the Beast. As CGI Supervisor for The Lion King, he oversaw the development and production of all the CG effects in the record-breaking film, including the climactic wildebeest stampede.
Scott F. Johnston founded Fleeting Image Animation, Inc. in 1997 to develop and produce animation combining traditional and digital techniques.
At Warner Bros., Johnston served as Artistic Coordinator on The Iron Giant to realize director Brad Bird's vision, weighing creative solutions and technical requirements against resource limitations. As Artistic Coordinator and Animation Special Effects Supervisor for Looney Tunes: Back In Action, Johnston oversaw the integration of the traditionally drawn characters into the world of the live actors and recreated various artists' styles in the Louvre sequence.
In 2007-2008, Johnston helped to establish Enne Entertainment in Salamanca, Spain, instructing the management team on production methods and guiding the technical group on building the facility infrastructure. While at Enne, he lectured at the University of Salamanca and continued his research in non-photorealistic rendering.
Since 2011, Johnston has worked at StereoD, a division of Deluxe. His team's software is used in the stereo conversion of dozens of films for all major studios. He helped bring animation to Deluxe as the Digital Art Director on The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.
Johnston is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and was honored with ASIFA/Hollywood's Ub Iwerks Technical Achievement Award in 2003.
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