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About the job
Lighting artists enable depth and realism to be added to a computer-generated (CG) scene through lighting, just as a director of photography (DoP) does in a live-action film.
They adjust the colour, placement, and intensity of CG lights to create an atmosphere, add realism and depth. Using reference photos taken on set or location, they match the illumination of virtual 3D objects to the on-set production and cinematography look.
Lighting a shot requires a blend of artistry and scientific knowledge of how light falls on objects. It also involves reflecting the look and style set out by the director of the film or tv series. The artist needs to be capable to work in technical challenges during the workflow pipeline.
Art and design knowledge: have a strong understanding of colour theory, perspective and design theory.
Understanding lighting: understand colour space and the scientific principles behind creating realistic lighting and have a strong knowledge of lighting techniques.
Problem-solving: overcome obstacles, use the most cutting-edge technology to find new ways to achieve a creative vision.
Organisation: communicate constantly with other departments about schedules and deadlines and work to these efficiently.