A couple more weeks have gone by and I've been continuing on with the tdu Lighting for Feature Animation course. So far it continues to be a good course. I would say I'm not finding it as detailed as I had hoped. While I think we've covered the theory side of the foundations of good lighting I think that there could be more emphasis on practical techniques. I had hoped to have learned in greater detail some of the specific techniques used by the teacher. It's only week 4 so I may be ahead of myself. We've had a couple of interesting assignments that I have enjoyed doing but I am finding it a challenge to get everything done on time.
For week 2's assignment we were asked to convey 3 moods all using the same set. This one was my favorite of the 3 that I did, it's my interpretation of "sad". The teacher had some great critiques for me. He suggested adjusting the pose of my character to reflect more slumped over shoulders and putting my character's hands in her pockets. He also noticed a few technical errors with my shot. The reflections near the bottom of the door at the edge of the doorway aren't correct and same with the reflections in the windows (which are faked).
For week 3's assignment we were asked to take a colour script panel from a selection of films and then create master lighting for 3 frames based on that panel. I picked the above panel from Monsters Inc (property of Walt Disney Pictures). Master lighting is tough because it doesn't include any bells or whistles that shot lighters might put in like GI, caustics, reflections, rim lighting or post work (no DOF or bloom!).
I studied the colour script panel for quite a while. I tried to decide what elements made that image what it was. I thought the light throw on the back wall and the colour of the lights were the most important elements. I also thought that keeping my shadows nice and long would be crucial to replicating the feel of this panel. Then I thought about about what kind of mood or atmosphere I might be trying to create. I went for a high-tension stand-off at sunset. I ended up with different light colour and I think it's too saturated but to be honest I really liked it so I left it. I'll take the critique when it comes!
I'll try to do another post once my week 3 critique is up and my week 4 assignment is handed in. If not then, soon after. So far, I think I would recommend this course to anyone interested in up-ing their lighting skill-set. I'll do a more thorough post on this course when I have completed it.
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