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Live Light Love: Illuminating Coney Island in 'Marvel's Spider-Man 2'

Jennifer Carlin  (Advanced Lighting Artist, Insomniac Games)

Location: Room 3016, West Hall

Date: Thursday, March 21

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass - Get your pass now!

Topic: Visual Arts

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: Intermediate

Different types of gameplay have different lighting needs. A linear narrative section requires control of tone and mood, and the employment of contrast and color. A combat space needs visibility and identification of enemies and threats. So, when an environment includes both, each with its own path to lead players along, some compromises must be made and creative solutions employed. And at the end of the day, everything must be running in frame, leading to even more challenges.

This lecture is a deep dive into the process of lighting one of the set piece levels of Marvel’s Spider-Man 2. Jen Carlin, Advanced Lighting Artist at Insomniac Games, discusses some of the challenges throughout its development, and the solutions found.


Attendees will gain insight into the process of lighting a sequence of linear narrative gameplay and combat in the same environment, with minimal visual changes between the two. They will also receive tips on optimizing lights to provide the most value for the least cost.

Intended Audience

This talk is aimed at junior and associate visual artists in the games industry. It is expected that attendees will have at least a basic understanding of the capabilities and limitations of in-engine rendering and materials.

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