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Welcome home, darling, by Shannon Sproule

Postby Bruce N H » Wed Oct 28, 2020 2:34 am

Hi all,

Shannon Sproule uses lighting to create a great spooky effect in his Welcome home, darling.
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What's your favorite example of the dramatic use of lighting in a MOC?
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Re: Welcome home, darling, by Shannon Sproule

Postby Bruce N H » Wed Oct 28, 2020 1:54 pm

Hey,

I'll start the ball rolling with two of my own that I was proud of.

This one is a really old MOC from me, Balin's tomb, from my long-dormant Lord of the Rings project. In the book it is described like this: "The chamber was lit by a wide shaft high in the further eastern wall; it slanted upwards and, far above, a small square patch of blue sky could be seen. The light of the shaft fell directly on a table in the middle of the room: a single oblong block, about two feet high, upon which was laid a great slab of white stone. 'It looks like a tomb,' muttered Frodo..." I built a roof over the scene and made kind of a chimney, and shined a desklamp with a white bulb down the chimney to get the shaft of light effect. I also had a separate light with a blue bulb outside the door, to get the light glowing from the hallway that's reflected on Boromir.
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This one was for a Tolkien-themed contest on MOCpages back when that existed. I was illustrating the Road Goes Ever On poem, particularly the lines: "But I at last with weary feet, Will turn towards the lighted inn, My evening-rest and sleep to meet." I was going for the lighting to suggest the home-y glow from inside the inn, suggesting warmth, a fireplace, and probably good food and drink. I used a black cloth behind to suggest the night sky (which it looks like I should have ironed first) but had an opening behind the inn portion. At first it was too glare-y, so I put some yellow paper between the lamp and the backside of the inn MOC. One critique looking back is that I should have put dark tape or something on the back side of the bricks, as light is creeping through gaps between the LEGO, not just coming through the windows and doors which was my intention.
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What are some of yours? Or what have you seen by others? A few CCC's ago we had a category called Dark Age Illumination that challenged builders to incorporate lighting effects. I really encourage you to follow the link to see all the great entries, but the winner was Disco86's awesome lava in another Tolkien-based MOC, At the End of All Things.
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Re: Welcome home, darling, by Shannon Sproule

Postby jtooker » Thu Oct 29, 2020 4:31 pm

General FarokFollow's Sanctuary does a great job of making lighting a critical part of the MOC and setting the mood.

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