By the way, check out all the great work he did on this film and on other projects on his blog HERE. My friend Jean Julien Pous has done some incredible photography of Hong Kong markets, and I thought about his beautiful short film “Seeking you”. Before starting my work on Penguins, I saw in the reels there was a sequence in a market in Shanghai. I know he is also a big Wong Kar Wai fan, so stuff like “Chungking express” was also a big influence for this sequence.

I also felt like the lighting style of this movie was a lot more complex than on other shows (which is neither good or bad, just different). The beginning of the movie is supposed to feel like a documentary film of an uninviting snowscape, so I started there (without going overly dramatic), then progressively added more warmth as we meet our main characters. The directors wanted to make sure we ended up with the penguins leaving their home at sunset in the end, so this was also a transition sequence linking up from the previous one.

I found myself thinking about lighting in a more cinematographic way, closer to live action, while staying within a cartoony style set by the previous Madagascar films. A word of caution though, there may be some spoilers below, although nothing that won´t let you fully enjoy the movie. I also wanted to push the contrast by having bright snow next to very dark water.

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Everyone on the team was incredible to work with, so I thank them for it and congratulate them for their great work!

I worked mostly doing a lot of color keys which you will find here, working closely with the layout department and set designers.

I had to be a lot more specific about my lighting ideas than I usually am, so you will see my illustrations are pushed a lot further than usual.

That in itself was a challenge, not loosing the energy or feeling of a looser sketch. In this sequence, I wanted to push the drama by adding a lot of contrast and a very warm light hitting everything sideways.

Je n’attendais pas forcément beaucoup de Vancouver.

Bien que le nom de la ville ne m’était pas inconnu, je n’avais pas fait plus de recherches que ça.

These were some concept keys for lighting the villain´s introduction.