Lesley Onstott


Not Impossible Labs, Venice, Calif., June 2015 – Present

Project Manager

Associate Producer

  • Develop innovative, socially conscious global initiatives with Fortune 500 companies
  • Create and execute on project strategy with marketing and CSR departments of various multi-national organizations
  • Manage multi-million dollar projects focusing on producing compelling media content both in the field and remotely

Warner Animation Group, Warner Brother’s feature animation dept., Burbank, Calif., Sept. 2013 – Nov. 2014

Production Coordinator, Jan. 2014 – Nov. 2014

Assistant to the Producer & to the Director, Aug. 2013 – Jan. 2014

  • Supported and served as organizational lead of the animation feature film, Stork’s artists & editors throughout development
  • Organized screenings for upper-level executives, including preparation and display of artwork & designs
  • Communicated with & transferred data and film components between the local office & our international partners

Warner Bros. Pictures Inc., Burbank, Calif., March 2013 – Sept. 2013

Management Trainee: Office of the President of Post-Production, Animation & VFX

  • Provided administrative support for the executive team
  • Managed departmental assets flowing to and from feature productions while tracking hot costs, invoices and POs

Kartemquin Films, Non-profit documentary production company, Chicago, Ill., Jan. 2010 – 2013


  • Worked as a production assistant on a variety of films including Emmy-award winning The Interrupters
  • Assisted on several ongoing projects in a variety of roles from fundraising through outreach
  • Shot and edited video segments for online publication and supporting marketing and media efforts

Independent Contractor, Chicago, Ill. & beyond, May 2010 – Present

Photojournalist / Videographer

Associate Producer

Working as a freelance photographer, videographer and producer have taken me into numerous communities and introduced me to an incredible array of individuals. I have relished the opportunity to then share their stories—achievements, struggles, moments of joy—with a wider audience. Crafting these narratives, often while working in the field in unpredictable environments, has been a constant and exhilarating challenge that propelled me forward as a visual storyteller and producer, honing a skill set that is unceasingly integral in our ever-evolving world.

Sample of credits:

  • TMSS Mosquito Net Project, Bangladesh | NGO-sponsored video | Produced & Filmed by Lesley Onstott
  • Almost There | Documentary Feature Film | Produced by Kartemquin Films
  • Man of Steel | Warner Bros. Feature Film – VFX Dept. | Directed by Zack Snyder
  • The Interrupters | Documentary Feature Film | Directed by Steve James
  • Head Games | Documentary Feature Film | Directed by Steve James
  • On the Fly | TLC Television Reality Series | Produced by ITV Studios
  • Day in the Life: Richard Branson | Hulu TV Mini Series | Produced by Morgan Spurlock
  • The Dotted Line | ESPN Documentary Series | Produced by Morgan Spurlock
  • Wilson Athletics | Web Commercial | Directed & Cinematography by Peter Gilbert

Chattanooga Times Free Press, Daily 70,000 circulation newspaper, Chattanooga, Tenn., June – Dec 2009

Photography Intern

  • Full-time photojournalist shooting a variety of assignments and feature photographs on strict deadline
  • Captured and edited video, audio and stills to create multimedia pieces
  • Worked in the community to understand the most pressing and relevant issues

The University of Georgia, May 2009

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism – Magazines: Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication

Concentration in Photojournalism

Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs: School of Public & International Affairs

Minor in French, Certificate in African Studies