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Lighting DepartmentLighting Supervisor

Lighting Department

This is a senior and important role, it requires a keen understanding of the 3D asset creation pipeline and an in depth knowledge of CG lighting, shading, rendering and compositing.

They help define the look development of early hero assets. They will also define the lighting pipeline, including inputs, outputs, scripts and tools.

  • Will develop innovative solutions to complex lighting/rendering problems. Evaluate and debug lighting setups.
  • The Lighting Supervisor will work closely with the CG Supervisor and the 2D Supervisor to ensure that all 3D assets are delivered to the 2D Department on brief, up to date and adhering to the Director’s vision.
  • They are responsible for lighting dailies and quality control and ensuring aesthetic consistency. Brief lighting artists and provide constructive artistic feedback to ensure this consistency.
  • Responsible for clear lines of communication between, lighting team, other departments and production.
  • Responsible for show wide lighting workflow documentation and information disemination.
  • You work with the VFX Producer to ensure that crewing and delivery timetables are met.

Is this role right for me?

To succeed at this job, you need:

Several years experience in the Lighting department.

You have a thorough understanding of techniques and technologies relating to CG rendering, and can produce the broadest latitude of data in the quickest render time.

You have an excellent artistic eye

You should have a passion for, cinematography, film, cameras, photography, and aesthetics.

You also need a good technical understanding of light and colour, and are comfortable with data management, coding and the VFX pipeline.

Great organizational skills and ability to manage a very busy team with, while meeting production timetables and budgets.

Can assess and implement the specific lighting pipeline requirements of a particular project and can build test and deploy tools in a high pressure production environment.

Works with

  • CG Supervisor
  • 2D Supervisor
  • VFX Producer
  • VFX Supervisor

Career Path for Lighting Supervisor

Career Path to Lighting Supervisor: Several years experience in the lighting department.

Career Path from Lighting Supervisor: CG Supervisor

Education Routes: Lighting Supervisors often have a degree in Animation, Motion Design, or Visual Effects but can also come for cognate areas such as Visualisation, Architecture, Film Studies, or Games. Show reel and previous experience are important here.