Turn ON the Lights

By Exodo Animation Studios on March 12, 2020
Studio Stories
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If there is something that pops out in a scene – besides the acting and characters – it’s, without a doubt, the scenic and cinematographic use of light in a specific setup. Lighting is one of the things that sets the mood necessary to keep your audience captive.

Inside the 3D industry and filmmaking, lights are not recent news. Although, most of the time the lighting process is taken as a secondary actor or even sometimes becomes invisible to the viewer. This happens due to the audience being used to interact with light on a daily basis, and it leads us to take it for granted and making us concentrate on animation, characters or any other detail that captures our attention.

The lighting process helps to reinforce the visual narrative of any project given; it can be publicity, a short film, feature film, etcetera. It means being able to create environments that help emphasize the emotion or events our characters are going through.

Let me set the mood for you: you are right now with a group of friends on the woods, full moon on top of the sky. Surrounding a bonfire singing happily, until one of you decides to tell a horror story… He takes out a flashlight and turns its beam to light his face from the bottom of his chin. His face looks hard, very sharp and it appears the cuteness out of your friend’s face is gone. His voice gets harder, the bonfire starts to burn out, and the scarier the story gets, the sharpest his facial features become.

These specific directions of how the scene is illuminated generates and adds drama to the story, the feelings and the moment itself, making others feel the fear too. This is due to the intention, position, rotation, intensity, color or any other attribute of the light source. The specific position of the flashlight in relation to the friend’s face achieves a visual distortion of the same face by generating very hard and long shadows across the skin.

This is precisely the job of a lighting artist. And what our lightning department dedicates its time to. We create environments in a world that set our viewer within the storyline, achieving a complete and wonderful immersion to an unknown world. We help create better stories.

In the end, we know it sounds like a lot of trouble just to achieve a better look. But hey! Light up! Because we always do once we get to see the final result.

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