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Efficient Cinematic Lighting 2

Lighting for Animation with Jeremy Vickery


In this lecture, Jeremy Vickery continues on the foundation of his first lesson 'Efficient Cinematic Lighting'. Leaving the basics behind, Jeremy delves into lighting for animation. He shares his methods for lighting a one minute short film with two characters and 17 shots that culminates into a beautiful short film. The lecture’s emphasis is on shot continuity, getting characters to read in the short moments they appear on screen, how to approach lighting entire sequences and not just still images, and how to keep render times down in consideration of the budget of an independent film. Jeremy also discusses his methods for being fast and efficient and how to organize the lighting and compositing of a sequence of shots.
Special thanks to AnimationMentor.com for the use of the character rigs use in this short film.

Duration: 131 minutes

Format: HD 1600x900

Jeremy Vickery

Lighting Artist / Concept Artist

Jeremy Vickery is currently a Lighting Technical Director at Pixar Animation Studios but has also worked as a concept artist, freelance illustrator, modeler/texture artist, and CG generalist. After graduating from Full Sail Real World Education in 1997 with a general degree in Digital Media, Jeremy got his first job as a digital modeler/texture artist and concept designer at Big Idea Productions in Chicago, working on several of the popular kids animated videos Veggie Tales. He later worked at Fathom Studios in Atlanta as a CG generalist and became the Lighting Supervisor. He joined Pixar Animation Studios in 2003 and has worked as a lighting artist on such films as The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille and Wall-E.

  • "Jeremy has a deep understanding of the craft of CG lighting. His technical knowledge is strong, but his passion lies in creating artistically gorgeous images. As a senior lighting artist at Pixar, he uses these strengths to create breathtaking and memorable imagery. This tutorial is a special treat since Jeremy is also a very capable and generous teacher and mentor, he truly loves to share what he knows."

    - Sharon Calahan
    Director of Photography Pixar Animation Studios