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Introduction to Lighting for Animation

with Alexander Corll


In Introduction to Lighting for Animation, Lighting and Compositing TD Alex Corll shares his process of lighting a shot from start to finish using Maya, Arnold and Nuke. This includes researching reference images and assessing your scene, initial scene optimization, and additional tips to help speed up your workflow. He starts with establishing base lighting using an appropriate HDRI, and progresses to setting up a key light, fill light, and additional accent lights. He discusses some tips for using blockers and light filters in Arnold, as well as adding specific lights to accent the character and leverage animation in the scene. He then discusses adding atmosphere and realism using volumetric lighting. Finally, Alex concludes with an overview of render layers and final image output, including render settings and some basic compositing in Nuke to produce a fully lit, final image.

Duration: 1h 48m

Format: HD 1920x1080

Alexander Corll

Lighting Artist at DreamWorks Animation

Alex Corll is currently a Lighting Technical Director at Sony Pictures Imageworks. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design, he worked at Magnetic Dreams Animation Studio in Television and Commercials. He has since worked on several feature films for such studios as Disney, Animal Logic and Imageworks including 'Suicide Squad', 'Peter Rabbit', 'Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse' and 'Spiderman: Far From Home'.

  • I first worked with Alex on Smurfs: The Lost Village, which at the time was his first animated feature. His well developed eye and knowledge of photography was evident in the quality of his work, and made him a strong member of the team. He also has a good sense of humor, which makes him a pleasure to work with, especially during intense delivery schedules. I look forward to working with him again soon.

    - Angie Sohn
    Senior Lighting TD - Sony Pictures Imageworks

  • Alex Corll is one of the most talented artists I've ever had the privilege of working with. His talent, understanding of light, and dedication to his craft is evident in the quality of work he produces.

    - Taylor Hasting
    Compositor - Rooster Teeth Animation