Lukas Koelz

Senior Lighting Artist - Playground Games

Lukas Koelz is a Senior Lighting Artist for Playground Games, a Xbox Game Studio and one of the UK’s most pre-eminent AAA developers. He originally started his career as an environment artist and worked on Horizon Zero Dawn at Guerrilla Games before joining Playground in 2017 to work on Forza Horizon 4.

Playground Games is an Xbox Game Studio and one of the highest rated video game developers in the world, with two AAA studios based in Leamington Spa.

Famed for the critically-acclaimed Forza Horizon franchise, our latest release, Forza Horizon 4, is the highest rated Xbox exclusive this generation with a 92 Metacritic. In both 2017 and 2018 the studio has awarded Best Place to Work in the UK games industry by gamesindustry.biz.

The Art of Lighting for Games

A lighting artist is constantly challenged with setting the tone for a games visual identity; they create mood and atmosphere that shape the player’s perception and bring the game world and characters to life.

In this entry level talk Lukas Koelz, Senior Lighting Artist for Playground Games will explore software agnostic techniques and workflows applied during the production of Forza Horizon 4 that marry the technical and artistic aspects of lighting with the goal to create a living, breathing world with changing weather, seasons and time of day.

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Anders Langlands

Anders Langlands

Theo Jones, Nathan Walster and Manne Öhrström

Theo Jones, Nathan Walster and Manne Öhrström

Ben Jones

Ben Jones

Mark Flanagan

Mark Flanagan

Alex Webster

Alex Webster

Bianca Cirdei

Bianca Cirdei

Tom Minor

Tom Minor

William Stocks

William Stocks

Brenda Ximena Roldan-Romero

Brenda Ximena Roldan-Romero

Oliver Gingrich

Oliver Gingrich

Maria Almena

Maria Almena

Tom Morledge

Tom Morledge

Kevin McDowell

Kevin McDowell

Matt Carroll

Matt Carroll

Ben Radcliffe

Ben Radcliffe

Usman Riaz & Jeff Wexler

Usman Riaz & Jeff Wexler

Georgina Hurcombe

Georgina Hurcombe

Ian Fellows & Craig Tonks

Ian Fellows & Craig Tonks

Shelley Page

Shelley Page

Ross Burgess

Ross Burgess

Chris Drew & Tom Box

Chris Drew & Tom Box