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Lighting DreamWorks projects with Greg Jennings


By 3dtotal staff

Web: www.greg-jennings.com (will open in new window)

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Date Added: 17th April 2014

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A still from Kung Fu Panda 2
Images courtesy of Dreamworks, and used with permission

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Distinct orange lighting in this scene from Kung Fu panda 2
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Dramatic and atmospheric lighting set up in Kung Fu Panda 2
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3dt: Is there any project or story (new, old or imagined, and by any production company) that you would really love to do the lighting on?

GJ: I would have loved to work on DreamWorks' The Croods, Animal Logic's Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls Of Ga'Hoole, Blur's Star Wars: The Old Republic game cinematic, and Pixar's Ratatouille. I like working on rich environments where the lighting can nicely catch on details, and I feel that all of these movies are very successful in conveying an ambiance through lighting.

3dt: Though you began as a CG generalist, you've moved into the specialist area of lighting. How did you find yourself in such a niche area – is it something you've always wanted to do?

GJ: For my student graduation short film, I was deeply involved in trying to find the right look, and part of that was trying out shaders and running all sorts of lighting and compositing tests. As we got into production, we had to split tasks and I naturally was drawn towards this part of the work, even though it wasn't until DreamWorks made me an offer that I considered specializing in it. I really enjoy it, but sometimes feel frustrated because I want to jump in and fix some models or tweak the camera a little.

I think that generally I have always liked to create pictures in any form or using any kind of medium, so it makes sense. The good thing at DreamWorks is that we take care of our own compositing as well, so I have control over the end result.

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Shadow and lighting in Rise of the Guardians
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Lamp lighting in Rise of the Guardians
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Daylight highlights and shadows in Rise of the Guardians
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