Light and Shadow

Lighting and Rendering Series: Volume 1

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Description

It is reasonably assumed that lighting is all about lights. The word ‘illumination’ implies that we exclusively focus on areas that are lit or brightened. Shade would only be the remainder of the areas we left untouched. Yet, this is not the way we should think about lighting. Notan is a Japanese word that means “lightness-darkness,” and it encompasses one of the fundamental principles of composition in painting, photography, film and computer-generated imagery. This fundamental principle is that, like Ying and Yang, opposite forces are interconnected and interdependent. Actually, lightness and darkness are complementary, interacting to form a whole greater than the sum of their parts. With these concepts in mind, the motivating factor of this title is to bring more awareness to the infinite possibilities that the concept of darkness offers the artist. This seminar ranges from the general to very specific lighting techniques. We use Maya and Mental ray, but the concepts are applicable to any software or renderer. Technical topics include Light Falloff, Decay Regions, Intensity/Color Curves, Penumbra, Blockers, Barndoors, Gobos, Gels, Negative Lights, Light Linking, Shadow Lights and Global Illumination.


Duration: 206 minutes

Format: HD 1280x720

Chapter List

  • 00. Preview
  • 01. Foreword: Direct and indirect lighting
  • 02. Light Falloff
  • 03. Shadow objects Part 1: Blockers, barndoors and gobos
  • 04. Shadow objects Part 2: Blockers, barndoors and gobos
  • 05. Negative values
  • 06. Light linking
  • 07. In the Darkness
  • 08. Conclusion
  • 09. BONUS - Maya 2014 Unified sampling

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Frederic Durand

Lighting Artist

Working on animated films, feature films, and commercials for the past 20 years, Frederic Durand has had the opportunity to work at Sony Imageworks, Disney Animation, DreamWorks, Jim Henson’s Workshop, the Mill, MPC and Digital Domain. He is the co-founder of Noroc Studio. As a leading lighting artist, his approach is not only technical, but also artistic. He heavily emphasizes and integrates aspects of cinematography into his approach. Frederic graduated from the Ecole Nationale des Arts Decoratifs (ENSAD) in Paris, France. Additionally, during his master’s program, he completed one year residency at The Copper Union in NYC.

  • Fred is one of the most technical and proficient lighters I've ever had the pleasure to work with, and his knowledge of mental ray is unparalleled. For the commercials on which Fred and I worked together, he proved himself to be an indispensable part of the team.

    - Nathaniel Morgan
    CG Generalist at Bad Robot