Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Legacy Department

Digital Production Arts

Committee Chair/Advisor

Davis, Timothy A

Committee Member

House , Donald H

Committee Member

Westall , James M


When applying a light design within computer graphics software, there is no clear-cut way to achieve accurate and noticeable light movement without rigorous work animating the lighting tools by hand. This task can be arduous and involve constant test renders throughout a single frame range. This project strives to explain the production of a short animated feature, by incorporating a video-based lighting system, which is intended to assist with scenes that require objective light movement. The video-based lighting method will strive to minimize (not eliminate) the need to animate by hand light motion from environment lighting. Since lighting design is closely tied to artistic aesthetics, the proposed method must also be flexible enough to successfully light different scenarios with an intended artistic vision. While the video-based lighting system is the focus of this project, it will not be the only method used to light this animated feature. This paper will briefly cover the production of the short animation as a whole, since almost all aspects of the production pipeline provide motivation for the lighting. (183478 kB)



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