Don Lanning, was born in Van Nuys, California in the heart of Hollywood's creature effects community. With early heroes Dick Smith, John Chambers, Stan Winston, Rick Baker and Rob Bottin as guides Don started sculpting creatures at 10 years old. Known for his consistent ability to deliver the highest quality at lighting speed on projects from conservative realism to the archetypes of horror, fantasy and science fiction.
Don has recently received high praise entering the world of fine art with his modern take on pop icons Batman & The Joker and his elaborate reimagining of The Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow and Tinman from "OZ." (There remain 6 more characters in the OZ series.)
Don's work has been featured in more than 50 motion pictures with recent contributions to: OBLIVION, AFTER EARTH, THE AVENGERS, DARK SHADOWS, BATTLESHIP, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 4:ON STRANGER TIDES, GREEN LANTERN, BATTLE: LOS ANGELES, H2: HALLOWEEN 2, QUARANTINE, STAR TREK, THE SANTA CLAUSE 3, SUPERMAN RETURNS, SILENT HILL, UNDERWORLD 2, FANTASTIC FOUR, TEAM AMERICA, BLADE 3, ALIEN vs. PREDATOR, HELLBOY, SCARY MOVIE 3, LOONEY TUNES, UNDERWORLD, THE SANTA CLAUSE 2, MR. DEEDS, THEY, VANILLA SKY, 13 GHOSTS, BUBBLE BOY, PLANET OF THE APES, RAT RACE, HOLLOW MAN, BEDAZZLED, DUSK TIL DAWN 2, RAVENOUS, X-FILES, FIGHT THE FUTURE and television shows such as, NIP TUCK, GREY'S ANATOMY, PRIVATE PRACTICE, HOUSE, and TERMINATOR: SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES.