In conversation with Derek DSouza – Happy Finish

Founded in 2004, Happy Finish is a globally renowned Production Studio and Agency offering a vast range of cross-platform creative production services including VR, AR & Mixed Reality, 360 images, Stills Retouching & CGI, Animation and Motion Production & Post, as well as Artificial Intelligence. (Wow, that’s a lot of services!)

Derek Dsouza

Derek DSouza

We spoke to Derek DSouza, a CG Artist based at Happy Finish’s Mumbai Office, to discuss the challenges faced by CG Artists in India, his preferred workflow to meet these demands and of course how HDR Light Studio plays a key part of their workflow. Continue reading

HDR Light Studio – Key to Sonoco-Trident 3D Success

bourjois_beauty Sonoco-Trident is the world’s fastest growing and most innovative digital brand management business. They have been using HDR Light Studio for 2 years now.

Let’s see what Sonoco-Trident 3D artists have to say about HDR Light Studio software.

  • The software allows us to very quickly create very realistic lighting set ups for our CGI scenes. It has completely changed how we build our scenes and allowed us to massively improve the quality of renders we produce.
  • HDR Light Studio is very easy to use, and gives us full control of specific highlights and shadows with its full spectrum of controls, presets and settings.
  • The software is perfect for creating studio style product shots, which is the bulk of what we do at Trident. It has everything you need to recreate a virtual photography studio on your desktop. Having the ability to ‘drag and drop’ a highlight means you can focus on creativity rather than technical limitations. Prefect for people who aren’t very technical, like me!

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Duncan Dix Audi A3 project lit with HDR Light Studio

Duncan Dix is D&AD awarded Creative Director with 10 years’ experience across Broadcast, Film, Live Event & Print. Duncan lit Audi A3 images with HDR Light Studio and shared his story of lighting with us.

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Audi A3

Here is what he says- I’m finding Light Studio indispensable. It’s one of those things – once you use it it’s hard to go back to a workflow without it.

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John Wick 2 – Amador Valenzuela’s stunning work lit with HDR Light Studio

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Amador Valenzuela is Founder & Creative Director of Black Book Studio. Black Book Studio is a creative studio focused on design & animation for the entertainment, advertising, and independent entrepreneur communities.

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Black Book recently used HDR Light Studio for lighting the opening shots in the movie John Wick 2. We got in touch to find out more about Amador’s history in 3D, the tools he uses, and how HDR Light Studio was used for John Wick 2.

Amador, how did you get started in 3D?
I’ve always had a passion for drawing and painting, and I knew I wanted to work in a creative field when I grew up. In high school, I took scenic design classes where we built sets for plays. It taught me how to work in a team environment which I loved. 3D seemed to be a mixture of those traditional mediums taken to the next level. I figured demand for that kind of work would only grow over time, so I made a strategic decision to study “computer animation” in College.

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Alberto Luque Marta – First experience with HDR Light Studio

Alberto Luque Marta used HDR Light Studio for the first time to light his project. We were excited to know about his first impression.

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He said “The advantage is quite clear, you have the possibility to create a study light or custom fill light to illuminate the model you are going to light and not use a pre-made one.
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2017 Survey Winners

At Lightmap, we enjoy doing customer surveys to understand what you love about HDR Light Studio and what you want us to improve. We are grateful to our customers who took time to complete the survey and share some amazing insights. It will definitely help us shape the software in future.

Through the survey, we found that 98% of customers would recommend HDR Light Studio to a friend or colleague. This is a big achievement for us! Thank you for loving and lighting with us.

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MODO 11 Compatible

MODO 11 Support

Lightmap announces the immediate availability of the HDR Light Studio Connection for MODO 11. Compatible with MODO, Octane and V-Ray renderers.

Please Note: LightPaint in the MODO viewport in MODO version 11.1 does not work.
We are working with Foundry to find a fix for this issue. LightPaint works fine in MODO 11.0 viewport.

Ars Thanea – Customer Feature Video

Ars Thanea is an award-winning CGI Studio and home to very talented creatives, thinkers and makers who blend mixtures of ideas and craft around extremely engaging stories to deliver stunning, effective results for their clients.

Ars Thanea loosely translates from Greek as ‘the art of imagination’ and when we visited their Warsaw studio it quickly became apparent that they live up to their name.

The predominantly glass building is papered with drawings penned by their artists.  The space is broken up creatively by wood, rope and other structural features that retain a feeling of openness.  A variety of interesting lighting rigs add to the ambience of the different areas and there’s even a bed if the day becomes a bit much and you feel like a nap.

We were there to understand the role that HDR Light Studio plays in the creation of their beautiful work and spent time getting under the hood on some recent projects.  You can see the results in our video below.

A massive thanks to our amazing hosts at Ars Thanea for being so welcoming.

Lightmap and Ars ThaneaLeft to right: Marcin Molski (Ars Thanea), Mark Segasby (Lightmap), Lucy Cooper (Lightmap), Aleksandra Watras (Ars Thanea)