Growing up on a farm in Western Kansas, Hamilton was inspired by classic films like Back to the Future, Star Wars, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. These films, chock-full of visual storytelling special effects, caused him to dream about creating in a medium that had no boundaries.
While earning his BFA in Computer Animation and a minor in Digital Film from Ringling College of Art and Design, Lewis created an animated short, Cadillac ’59, and was nominated for a 2009 Student Academy Award by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. This propelled him straight from Ringling into a career at DreamWorks Animation as a Previsualization Artist on 2009’s Oscar nominated, How to Train Your Dragon.
Over his 7 years and 9 productions at DreamWorks, Lewis helped directors and industry veterans such as Jen Yu Nelson, Roger Deakins, and Guillermo Del Toro visually shape some of the most dynamic actions, heartfelt moments, and biggest laughs through virtual production, motion capture, and previsualization.
In August of 2016, Lewis transitioned into the world of live action filmmaking as a Senior Staff Pre-visualization Artist on Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War. Lewis was responsible for shaping many of the key action sequences, such as the Battle of New York, Titan Fight, and Wakanda. Lewis also had a hand in designing and visualizing the Mark 50 “Bleeding Edge” Ironman suit and how it functioned. In 2018 Lewis was promoted to a Lead Visualization Artist on an upcoming Bollywood film, and then supervised and led large teams on two upcoming Marvel movies, still in production.