Light Inspiration- Glowing lights

We have two types of lighting that we are looking at in our animatic- the first being the blue lens flare like lights seen in films like Super 8 etc (see previous posts).

The second type of lighting was that as seen in most abduction films- the large glowing balls behind the objects- giving a glowing outline and creating a silhouette of the object it focuses on.

Inspiration- movies that have this lighting.

Most alien/ abduction style have this type of lighting- however there were a few films we looked at to see how they created this look.

E.T. (1982)

ET goes home. (YouTube,2016).


Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Alien Reveal (YouTube, 2016).


War of the Worlds (2005)


10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)


Guardians of the Galaxy (2015)

The origins of StarLord. (YouTube, 2016).


Chicken Little (

How did this become useful? (YouTube, 2016).

Alec’s advice– Alec suggested different ways of creating this lighting type. He suggested either doing it in post production- rendering out a light beam from many and overly/ screen in after effects or looking into testing volumetric fog or ai photometric lighting. I’m going to test these over the next few days to see what we could use.



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