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my name is Charles lark and I'm a lighter-weight Pixar I wanted to tell you about some of the lighting techniques we use in our films but first we should clarify something that confuses a lot of people including my parents computer animated films use lights and lighters just like any other film in a live-action set like this one everything you see is illuminated by some kind of light source if there's no light you don't see anything it's exactly the same in our films the difference is that our lies are virtual digital lights just like the characters and the virtual camera this means that we do get complete control over the light which is super cool because we use light to evoke very specific mood and story points in every single shot in the movie one critical aspect of lighting in our films is choosing the light intensity and size a larger light will create a softer more diffuse image softer shadows whereas a harsher more focused light source can create more tension in the shot another very critical aspect of light is its color which is measured in temperature a cooler bluer light can create a cold feeling whereas a warm soft more orange light can create a friendlier open atmosphere another technique is the directionality of light where you put the light in the scene a front sight character can appear more open and approachable the characters Bachelet can appear dark and dangerous a bottom that character can appears looky if their top 'let they can feel like they're being interrogated we use all of these lighting techniques to hide in both the look and the emotional aspect of a shot here for example are some shots from Incredibles - you'll notice we used two very different lighting setups in the first instance violet approaches Tony and realizes he has forgotten about their date and barely remembers her now this is a very common scene a long sterile hallway with a lineup of lockers the light sources are blue overhead fluorescent lights that makes a hallway feel like a sterile almost hospital-like environment and makes the audience feel unsettled and uncomfortable similar to what violet is feeling now contrast this with later in the film where violet and Tony interact in a stairwell at school it's a happier moment and the two of them make a new connection the main light source is a warm and soft outdoor Sun filtering in through the trees the lighting feels friendly in keeping with the emotional state of the character that's the emotional story point and we want to feel it in every aspect including the lighting