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Hello Mr Deakins,
sorry to bother you but I was reading the excellent Siggraph talk» by Dave Walvoord where you are mentioned.
I was very interested, not to say "stunned",by the removal of the top light on the characters.
I have used the top light on characters in CG for the past 15 years. Especially for exterior lighting where it can add some directionality and shape to a face. (see attached file) It really reinforces the sky without getting too flat.
So I am really interested by your motivation of removing the top light. Did you want to try something new or different ? Did you have a bad experience with it ?
I am always curious on experimenting things and I did not expect this to be honest. So different and interesting from what I am used to !
Thanks for your answer,
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