Paul Lasaine

Paul Lasaine is a Los Angeles based production designer and concept artist best known for his work on the Lord of the Rings trilogy. He began his career in film as a traditional matte artist at Disney Studios’ in-house VFX dept, but transitioned to concept art and animation in the mid ‘90s. He won the Annie Award for Best Production Design for his work on Laika Entertainment’s, The Boxtrolls, and has credits on dozens of feature films, including: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Storks, The Boxtrolls, Surf’s Up, Open Season, The LOTR films, The Prince of Egypt, Alien 3, Batman Returns, and Dick Tracy. Currently, he’s the production designer on Marvel Studios’, What If…?

Participant Schedule

Saturday 10/15


Production Design Panel

Saturday 10/15 1:40PM - 2:40PM Room 104-105

Helen Chen, Paul Felix, Michael Knapp, Paul Lasaine, Christophe Lautrette, Jeff Turley, Maureen Fan

Production Designers Helen Mingjue Chen, Paul Lasaine, Paul Felix, Michael Knapp, Christophe Lautrette, and Jeff Turley share a behind the scenes look at the production design process and answer audience questions about what’s involved when working with producers and directors to bring their vision to the screen. Moderated by Maureen Fan.

Sunday 10/16


Designing the Multiverse: The Art of What If...?

Sunday 10/16 11:50AM - 12:50PM Room 208

Paul Lasaine, Kristina Vardazaryan, Cynthia Halley, Alex Del Rosario, Marvel Animation

Ever wonder what it’s like to develop the artwork for a groundbreaking animation series? Production Designer Paul Lasaine and Art Directors Cynthia Halley and Kristina Vardazaryan are three of the key creative forces behind Marvel’s What If, and are excited to share some of their experiences making the show!

The discussion will range from initial development and building a team, to landing on final look and the nuances of working with an unprecedented 2D/3D pipeline. Come listen to a candid conversation about the design process for Marvel Studio’s first ever animated production, and have a chance to ask your most burning questions about the artwork for the many worlds of What If!