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Lighting and Shading for Film Development
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Lighting and Shading for Film Development

 An 8-week course focused on lighting, shading, and rendering in Arnold for Maya.

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LIGHTS! MAYA! ACTION!

LIGHTS! MAYA! ACTION!

This course is for anyone interested in learning about making beautiful images with cg software used in professional productions. We will be focusing on lighting, shading, and rendering in Arnold for Maya, with an introduction to compositing in Nuke. Students will explore both the technical and the creative side of lighting. We will use references from live action and feature films to understand the role of lighting as a story teller, and use it in our cg creations. Across various modules, students will progressively acquire the skills to set up a lighting scene, create photorealistic materials, render a shot, and apply finishing touches through compositing.

Course Format

Standard

Skills Level

Beginner to Intermediate

Duration

8 weeks

Q&A

Once a week

Feedback

Individually Recorded

Lecture Type

Pre-recorded Videos
Assignment
Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, Q&A, and time on assignments.
PREREQUISITES
Familiarity with 3D concepts | Recommended course prerequisites: Intro to Maya
MATERIALS
Maya 2024 with Arnold, Nuke

THE MORE YOU KNOW, THE BETTER.

Introduction to the course, setting the goals | Study of the lighting references from movies, shows, and games

Introduction to Maya and its renderer Arnold and the different lights we have available. Set up an HDRI and a 3 points light rig.

Create the light rig on an outdoor set. From the HDRI to the key light. Exploring multiple mood scenarios and understanding how lighting can be a storyteller.

Create an interior light rig with global illumination. Introduction to mesh lights and volumetric lighting.

Introduction to shading with Maya and Arnold shaders

Learning about sampling and render optimization. Generate AOVs and layers. Introduction to compositing in Nuke.

Students will choose a personal project to work on for the next 2 weeks, based on the assets available. The goal will be to set up a day and a night scene and generate an image for each.

Week 2 of the personal project.

For specific questions regarding TBA instructors, please contact CGMA Admissions Department at registration@cgmasteracademy.com

PRICING SCHEDULE

Even though our courses are the most affordable for the quality of education, these finance options allow you to focus on your goals instead of the barriers that keep you from reaching them.

3x Payments

$249.67

2x Payments

$374.50

Full payment

$749

Spring TERM REGISTRATION Now Open
Jan 31, 2024 - Apr 22, 2024
Lighting and Shading for Film Development

LIGHTS! MAYA! ACTION!

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Enjoy lifetime access to the spectrum of course content, including lectures, live Q&As, and feedback sessions.


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