Production look development techniques: Making look development work for you (and your producer!)

This is a 4 hour presentation and hands-on workshop.

I will be leading the students in a production-like workshop, starting with setting up an asset for lookdev, through doing the lookdev and then rendering the asset in a shot.

Learn from the large Indira’s experience about the tricks and processes involved in Look development. Discover her approach to lighting and watch examples from the best shows she’s worked in her career.

About Indira:

Indira feels lucky to have grown up in Italy where she was exposed to phenomenal art just by walking around her neighborhood. After attending Harvard University, where she had a hard time deciding whether it was art or science that she preferred, she realized that computer graphics provided a great mix of both. This led her to complete a Masters in Computer Graphics in the UK, work as a CG generalist in Europe, and then travel to California to work with Industrial Light and Magic, and others, as a technical director in visual effects. Since that day, her interests have led her from lighting, to lighting supervision, and finally to look development, the last providing her favorite mix of skills. She can look back at an impressive stable of small and large creatures she helped breathe life into, creatures ranging from alien motorbikes to photorealistic creatures and humans.

Indira was one of the first artists involved in the early implementations of subsurface scattering BSSRDFs and physically based lighting, all in the service of more [hyper]realistic looking creatures.

Since 2014 she has been working at Pulse Evolution, bringing some great performers back to the stage, such as Michael Jackson, to the delight (and sometimes dismay!) of their fans.

Indira GuerrieriSenior Look Development Artist


Industrial Light and Magic, Digital Domain, Academy of Art University


Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, Middlesex University, UK

Software Expertise:

Maya: Lighting/FX/Model Katana, Nuke, Photoshop, ILM zeno Renderers: Renderman, Arnold
I am linux, cshell and python friendly!

Indira’s Filmography:

Look Development/Shot Lighting:
2013 Pacific Rim (3D)
2013 Jack the Giant Slayer (3D)
2011 Rango
2011 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (3D)
2009 Terminator Salvation 2005 XxX State of the Union 2004 Lemony Snicket
2002 Harry Potter: Chamber of Secrets

Sequence Lead/Key Lighting:
2011 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 2011 Rango
2004 Lemony Snicket
2003 Peter Pan
2002 Harry Potter: Chamber of Secrets 2002 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones 2001 The Mummy Returns
2000 ILM Digital Short

Shot Lighting:
2012 Star Trek Into Darkness (3D) 2010 IronMan 2
2007 Transformers
2005 Harry Potter: Goblet of Fire 2005 War of the Worlds 2000 Perfect Storm
2000 Space Cowboys
1999 Mission to Mars
1999 The Mummy
1995 Indian in the Cupboard

Commercials & Teaching:

1995-1998 ILM CG Commercials
2007 Academy of Art University

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