Set up lighting and camera for stop motion animation

Business Sectors (Suites): Animation
Developed by: ScreenSkills
Approved on: 01 Mar 2017


This Standard is about your ability to light sets in a way that creates the correct ambience and style of the production, and your ability to set up the equipment that is needed in order to film stop motion animation. You are expected to recommend the lighting and image capture system(s) and equipment that will need to be used, in agreement with the producer or director. You will also be required to supervise the installation and testing of those systems as well as adjusting and monitoring their use throughout the production. This standard is for you if you set up lighting and camera for stop motion animation

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. determine the requirements that will affect your work by analysing

    briefs, scripts, visual references, storyboards, colour keys and

    technical and production parameters

    1. generate ideas on the use of lighting for each set to meet the

    design brief

    1. confirm the lighting plot with relevant people

    2. source and recommend the equipment required to meet design,

    technical and production demands and budget constraints

    1. supervise the installation of lighting equipment to meet production


    1. supervise the installation of image capture, motion control and

    ancillary equipment in line with directors requirements and

    production schedules

    1. deal with equipment shortfalls or failure in a way that minimises

    disruption to production schedules

    1. make sure that equipment is installed and tested before

    production starts, in line with relevant health and safety guidelines

    and statutory requirements

    1. light sets and conduct tests to confirm that lighting and other

    equipment meets requirements

    1. adjust equipment to meet production and aesthetic requirements

    of specific scenes throughout the production

    1. make sure that equipment is checked and maintained in line with

    manufacturers instructions and health and safety guidelines

    1. remain flexible and adaptable to new directions, creative

    requirements and technical developments on an ongoing basis

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. the design, style and look of the production and how lighting

    impacts on it

    1. the production parameters, such as budget, schedule, digital

    pipelines and edit suites being used

    1. the technical parameters, such as aspect ratio and format of final


    1. the types of equipment and its uses for lighting, image capture,

    motion-control and ancillary equipment

    1. the power source and flow and any safeguards, in terms of watts

    and amps

    1. any resource constraints that may impact on choice and use of

    equipment, such as availability of equipment and power, time and


    1. health and safety legislation, regulations and codes of practice

    that are applicable to lighting and studio safety

    1. image capture equipment, theory and techniques and their


    1. lighting theory and techniques sufficient to carry out the role

    2. colour theory and how lighting works in films, painting and


    1. how to create different moods and effects such as times of day

    and seasons through lighting and camera lenses and how it is

    used in story and character

    1. the importance of light, shade and intensity, the impact these

    have on colour and how shadows behave and can be used

    1. the way shading and reflections behave and can be used

    2. the effects of set scale, camera format, and heat on practical

    depth of field and how post production compositing might avoid

    these problems.

    1. the effect lighting has on shots when imported into digital formats

    2. the impact your work has on those people who are animating and

    shooting scenes

    1. how to effectively work alongside the key people involved


Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





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Indicative Review Date

01 Mar 2020





Originating Organisation

Creative skillset

Original URN


Relevant Occupations

Arts, Media and Publishing, Animation Professionals

SOC Code



Set up; Lighting; Camera; Stop motion; Animation; Light; Ambience; Style; Production; Equipment; Film; Image capture system; Producer; Director; Supervise; Testing; Monitoring