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Old 03 March 2014   #1
Short Film Lighting


These are some stills from the animated short film I am working on! I am very far from a good lighting artist, but I was wondering if anyone could offer me any tips on how I can make this look better?

Last edited by forgel : 03 March 2014 at 07:27 PM.
Old 03 March 2014   #2

Does this look any better? I could really use some tips on how I can make the lighting look better.
Old 03 March 2014   #3
And is there any way to change the color of a Gobo light? I have a tree pattern in my main sunlight, but that unfortunately restricts me to a white light, when I want a yellowish orange light.
Old 03 March 2014   #4
What software are you using?
Old 03 March 2014   #5
Maya using the Mental Ray renderer
Old 03 March 2014   #6
Good job so far.

I think you should start by focusing on what is going on in each scene with the character. I don't really get what's happening with the LT. Dan rig there in each scene. Focus on lighting your character with the same precision as you light the background. With the rest of the renders there are a lot of really bright areas next to really dark areas, especially by the windows. See what you can do about smoothing out those areas using GI or exposure control. I think your wall textures could also use a little work and a for goodness sakes give that poor helmet some more subdivisions! haha

Good start!
Old 03 March 2014   #7
Thanks so much for the feedback! I am going to make these changes and post the results.

P.S. haha you noticed the helmet needed to be smoothed out, I didnt think it was that obvious lol
Old 03 March 2014   #8
Try to not let the technicalities of cg lighting take focus from the fact of what you are making: emotive pictures.
Try and take you frames into photoshop and desaturate them into a greyshaded image.
Are your values as they should be?

Perhaps paint a few value studies before going into maya to light the scene.

I say this because to me, you values are all over the place. Focus is scattered around the image. You could benefit a lot from appliyng a more painterly thought process to cg lighting.
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