Whilst Ninjago typically consisted of simpler multi-light setups, the ‘Intro to Garmadon’ sequence comprised of 1,798 lights. The scene resided in a volcanic chamber shrouded in dense volumetrics & presented numerous render challenges due to the high-contrast & magnitude of lights enclosed. Colour separation & luminosity variations proved essential in directing audience’s attention.


The final ‘Whale Rider’ sequence key-light presented an opportunity to develop an image-based cloud system that produced dynamic shadows. Cool environment tones in conjunction with backlit sunlight, justified high-contrast rims, separating characters from background elements whilst amplifying dialogue emotion. My setup was subsequently re-purposed by other artists at the request of the art director.


‘Tower Fight’ sequence’s cat character was Animal Logic’s first asset to heavily comprise of fur. Warmer tones & backlighting techniques were implemented to give the cat a cute, fluffy look. I provided creative & technical feedback to achieve objectives within quality, time & hardware constraints. The resulting CG cat was met with great success, many viewers commented on the ‘live action cat’.

senior digital artist: lighting • compositing • acting lead
  • Animal Logic (201-500 employees; Motion Pictures & Film Industry)
  • December 2016 – August 2017 (9 months, Sydney, Australia)
key lighting: twenty-two shots92%
shot lighting: two shots8%

Dom was great to work with. He is one of those artists who really gives everything he has and always looks for ways to give a shot that extra something to take it to the next level. His skilled eye for composition and lighting and fantastic attention to detail were really valuable on Ninjago and I really hope to work with him again on future projects.

Kim Taylor

Production Designer

I’ve had the pleasure of having Dom on my lighting team on The Lego Movie, The Lego Batman Movie and Ninjago. On each of these films, Dom has made an outstanding contribution as an artist to whom some of the most technically challenging setups were handed for Keylighting.

Dom has a patient, methodical approach to key lighting. He works well with his Leads, his Supervisor, and the Art Dept, seeks advice where appropriate, takes direction well, then gets down to the hard work with a very admirable dogged perseverance. The results are always spectacular.

Standout sequences that benefited from Dom’s hard work and excellent visual sense include (from The Lego Batman Movie): parts of the Batcave (tens of thousands of lights), Batman’s car carousel, and Superman’s Atomic Cauldron in the Fortress of Solitude… (from Ninjago): the sequence keylighting and lookdev for the CG cat (widely thought to be live action), and parts of the interior of Garmadon’s Volcanic Lair.

It’s not for nothing that I call Dom ‘The Dominator’. He’s welcome on any lighting team of mine anywhere, any time. Highly recommended.

Craig Welsh

Lighting Supervisor

Peter Rabbit
The Lego Batman Movie