Previs, AR, Animation, Motion graphics, 

Art Direction, Fly-through, Murals, Scenic Art

Art Direction, Scenic Lead




Serving movie productions and amusement parks with creative direction for over 20 years, 12 years with Disney Imagineering, 3 years with Sony and 4 with Universal Studios.  An early adopter of digital art production and augmented reality, designing previs and virtual experiences for Disney 's Innoventions, Universal Creative, and many more.


Favorite Project

As the Executive Director of Exceptional Minds,  a non-profit visual effects and animation school for talented young adults with Autism, I was honored to lead the team in building the one of a kind organization to a 3 million dollar a year operating budget, 200 full/part-time students, 10 graduates with permanent jobs, including at Marvel and Cartoon Network, 20 artists working in the Exceptional Minds Studio on visual effects projects for "Star Wars: the Last Jedi" and Marvel’s "Black Panther", as well as animation projects for the Los Angeles Zoo, Sesame St. and the Special Olympics. 


Passion Project

Founder of Muralism whose mission it is to connect uniquely abled individuals with the community through art.

Our goals are to:

·     Paint beautiful murals throughout the community. 

·     Employ folks with social, physical and/or mental challenges.

·     Feature local muralist to work with our uniquely talented  artist.

·     Teach artists to build work habits, social skills, and confidence.

·     Help the community recognize the unique abilities of these artist.

100 murals in Los Angeles before the 2028 Olympics!



Recognized for Community Service

Honored by Jane Seymour's  Open Hearts Foundation, the Sesame St. Foundation, Adobe and District 2 Councilman Paul Krekorian.


Speaking Engagements

I’ve had the honor of speaking at the Sesame St. Foundation Annual Dinner, the Profectum Convention, Miami Dade College, CSUN, Autism Speaks, the Boston Autism Convention, FDR Foundation and Autism Live. 

THEA Award Recipient for Templo del Fuego, Universal Portaventur, Spain

THEA Award Recipient

Internationally recognized Themed Entertainment Associtation award for “Outstanding Achievement”, Universal PortaVentura, Spain

Contact Me

Are you looking for a creative leader?

Let me put my experience and out of the box design to work for you!

Ernie Merlán

Valley Village, California, United States

(818) 620-3617

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