The VFX and Animation Graduate Traineeship, a joint initiative of Screen Training Ireland and Animation Skillnet, will culminate this March with a trip to Animation Dingle for participating trainees. The programme kicked off in October 2016 with a week of intensive training covering areas such as Storytelling for Animation, Storyboarding, the VFX and Animation Pipeline, and Production Management. Courses that have been run in the last number of weeks include Rigging in Toon Boom Harmony, as well as masterclasses from talent in the participating studios, including Cartoon Saloon and Windmill Lane VFX. The next module of the course is Lighting for Animation, taking place on Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th February.
Cinematographer Owen McPolin (VIKINGS, INTO THE BADLANDS, DOCTOR WHO, PENNY DREADFUL) will lead the first day of the programme, demonstrating to animation and VFX artists how to formulate approaches to physical lighting in order to better inform their digital work. Through case studies of his own work and through a hands-on, practical demonstration, Owen will cover such topics as composition; camera and performer movement; staging/blocking/mise-en-scene; story beats; reading a script for mood and tone; diffused light and directional light; colour temperature; lighting costumes and sets; and mixing light sources. On the second day of the programme, 3D artist John O’Connell (GAME OF THRONES, INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE, STAR TREK BEYOND, BLACK SAILS) will explore the physical principles demonstrated on the first day in a CG context, and practically explore principles of lighting and rendering for 3D animation.