Program 2015


The LEGO Movie - Cinematography in an Evolving Render Ecosystem

Craig Welsh (Animal Logic)

For The LEGO Movie, the directorial mandate for photorealism and a miniature aesthetic that needed to feel alternately intimate and epic required a flexible, scalable approach.

Could a beautiful look obtained with a much-loved renderer be retained as a modern rendering engine was integrated into the pipeline?

Glimpse, an interactive pathtracer, was initially used as a helper in a hybrid PrMan/Glimpse workflow but evolved over the course of production into a virtually standalone renderer. How did this process help in realizing the look of the film?

Craig Welsh

Craig Welsh , Lighting Department Supervisor, Animal Logic,

Craig has worked in film and television as a Lighting and Visual FX Artist for over fifteen years.

Joining Animal Logic in 1998, Craig worked as a Visual FX Artist on many television commercials, and was part of the VFX team on ‘The Matrix Reloaded’.

Craig moved to the USA in 2003 where he was employed as a Lighting Artist for PDI/DreamWorks on ‘Shrek 2’ and ‘Madagascar’. He then went on to Sony Pictures Imageworks in Los Angeles as a Lighting Artist & Technical Director, working on numerous films. His credits there include ‘Monster House’, ‘Surf’s Up’, ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’, ‘I am Legend’ and ‘Speed Racer’. 

Craig returned to Animal Logic in 2008 to build the Lighting and FX Department for ‘Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole' and served as Lighting Supervisor on that film, then filled the same role on ‘The Lego Movie’. Today Craig continues his great work with Animal Logic as Lighting Supervisor on the 'LEGO: Ninjago' and'LEGO: Batman' movies.

Established in 1991, Animal Logic is one of the world's most highly respected digital production studios, developing and producing award-winning design, animation and visual effects for the film and television industries.

Animal Logic’s film credits include The Lego® Movie, Unbroken, Walking with Dinosaurs: The Movie, The Great Gatsby, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, 300, Happy Feet and House of Flying Daggers to name a few. Animal Logic is currently in production on Chen Kaige’s, The Monk (2015), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), LEGO Ninjago (2016) and LEGO Batman (2017).

With studios in both Sydney and Los Angeles, and represented by CAA, Animal Logic continues to forge new partnerships and collaborations with leading studios and filmmakers to develop and produce stories that resonate with a global audience. 

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