Production Lighters: How to Set Up a Sequence and Shine

Production Lighters: How to Set Up a Sequence and Shine


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Production Lighters: How to Set Up a Sequence and Shine



  • Entry level artists who want to know more about how to manage a sequence in light/comp on a feature film


  • Informative breakdown on how a sequence is built in light/compositing at a studio.
  • How to handle artistically lighting and comp for an entire sequence.
  • Where lighting ends and compositing starts, even if they can be nested.
  • Tips on how to save time by organizing your work and anticipating problems.
  • An explanation of the different chains of approval. 
  • Portfolio/reels/personal project feedback.


  • Software technical questions/demonstrations.
  • Fundamentals of lighting and compositing (you must already know the basics of lighting and, ideally, compositing).
  • How to create a reel and what is asked by recruiters.
  • Resume reviews


Getting your first sequence/shot to light can be intimidating. How do you organize your work? How can you shine as a production lighter? In this circle, we will demystify the production lighting process, discuss how to artistically complete a sequence from scratch in a feature film and equip you to be organized, creative, and prepared for what might come your way.

Here’s what we’ll cover:

  • Color keys – Sequence breakdown
  • Director launch and feedbacks/approval + the different chains of approval
  • Lighting master shots
  • How artistic decisions can also depend on technical aspects
  • How to anticipate problems
  • How to handle the child shots
  • When and how compositing will help
  • And more!

We will also spend time on portfolio/reels reviews and feedback on current personal projects. I’ll give you tips on what you can improve, and how to recognize where you can improve your work (which can be on professional or personal work).

We won’t do any software demonstration or answer specific technical questions on software. This will be more of an artistic circle, but some technical aspects will be involved as well since some artistic decisions have to be made depending on what the project can afford/what is possible with the software/server capacities, etc.

In this circle, you will learn the essentials of what it takes to get started in this part of the industry. By the end of the circle, you will:

  • Understand the Animation/VFX Pipeline – the different job positions in this career, how you move through them, and what it takes to get the job done.
  • Know how to set yourself up to apply for and land jobs by creating strong resumes, cover letters, thank you letters, portfolios, etc. You’ll also have a clear picture of how recruiting works and the job application process.

Additional topics, with the potential of having guest speakers, can be driven by the mentee’s interests.

This circle is great for students, recent grads, and people looking to make a career change who are particularly interested in the technical aspects of the industry or in 3D disciplines in general.

Qualification Criteria

Entry Level (1-2 yrs of experience)
Early Career (3-5 yrs of experience)

Day / Time

Times Per Month:  Weekly 
Day / Time:  Monday Evenings
Timezone: EST

ADDITIONAL Application requirementS

Submit a personal statement that answers the questions:

  • Why are you applying to this circle?
  • Why did you choose lighting as a specialty?

Circle Leader

Maud Bourgeais

I’m a senior lighting and compositing artist at Cinesite. After graduating from ESMA as a generalist, I decided to specialize in lighting and compositing. I’ve been in the industry around 10 years and I have worked on TV series, commercials, short movies, and feature films. My most recent work includes Firehearts, Adams Family 2, Paws of Furry the Legend of Hank.
I love the artistic part of my work but also the technical aspect, how to optimize, debug, and improve. Sharing knowledge and being on a team are the best things for me.


Current Title: Lighting/Compositing Artist

Studio / Employer:  Cinesite


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