Having studied film and photography at the San Francisco Art Institute, Lance moved to New York, where he had the opportunity to work as an assistant to renowned photographer/filmmaker Bruce Weber. His career as a cinematographer began by shooting music videos and commercials in collaboration with his close friend, Spike Jonze.
Lance swiftly gained recognition as one of the most sought-after cinematographers in the industry, lending his talent to seminal music videos directed by Michel Gondry, Mark Romanek, Stéphane Sednaoui, and Dayton Faris. His exceptional work on Fatboy Slim's "Weapon of Choice" earned him the prestigious MTV Music Award for Best Cinematography in 2001.
His debut as a feature film cinematographer came with Vincent Gallo's cult classic "Buffalo 66." Lance's remarkable filmography includes works such as Sofia Coppola's "Lost in Translation" (earning him a BAFTA nomination for Best Cinematography), "Marie Antoinette," as well as Spike Jonze's "Being John Malkovich," "Adaptation," and "Where the Wild Things Are."
Towards the late 90s, Lance embarked on his journey into directing, co-founding the production company Park Pictures in 1998 with his business partner, Jackie Kelman Bisbee. Over the years, he has garnered 35 Cannes Lions and 18 AICP Awards for his outstanding work with renowned clients such as Nike, Apple, HP, VW, P&G, Subaru, and more. He has received four nominations for Best Commercial Director from the DGA. Lance's Super Bowl spot for Volkswagen, titled "The Force," made history, going viral even before the game started. It was lauded as the best ad of 2011 by AdWeek, Creativity, and YouTube, consistently making its mark on lists of the greatest Super Bowl ads of all time.