Cinematography of Piper

Making-of | Introduction | Intermediate | Expert
animago AWARD & CONFERENCE 2017

Pixar’s Director of Photography Erik Smitt will discuss his approach to cinematography and lighting through a variety of materials.

From Renascence painters to modern cinema, we’ll explore a number of influences on the lighting work at Pixar. After a background in the tonal and compositional motivations for his work, Erik will walk through “Piper” as a case study in many of these techniques. Focusing on a goal of visual authenticity over reality, we will be discussing both Piper’s aesthetic desires and the technical challenges we experienced while creating the film.

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Erik Smitt

Director of Photography
Pixar Animation Studios, United States

Erik Smitt began his career at Pixar Animation Studios 17 years ago in the lighting department on "Monsters Incorporated".