The lighting artist is responsible for following the look development bible for the production, and create lighting for all assets, environments and characters of the production. The lighting artist collaborates heavily with the CG supervisor, CG Asset Lead, Art Directors and Texture artists to achieve the artistic style and level needed for the production.
The lighting artist ensure that all shots are complete, lighting rigs are optimised and organised so that they are ready for use in production. The lighting artist also creates any necessary documentation for the overseas lighting launch for the production.
To succeed at this job, you need:
Several years production experience as a lighting artist. Entry level can be gained through junior status and a good portfolio.
You have to have a high level of attention to detail with strong problem solving skills. You need technical skills as well as an artistic eye for colour, light and FX.
Great organizational skills and ability to manage a very busy team with, while meeting production timetables and budgets.
Career Path to Lighting Artist: Several years experience in the look development department, or generalist knowledge across the pipeline with excellent colour and light theory knowledge.
Career Path from Lighting Artist: Head of Department, Lead Lighter, Lighting Supervisor, CG Supervisor, CG Asset Lead.
Education Routes: Lighting artists often have a degree in Animation, Film or Visual Effects.
Entry-level role available at Junior Lighting Artist. Show reel and experience are very important.