Singaporean lights up hit Disney movie

Singaporean lights up hit Disney movie

SINGAPORE - A Singaporean talent literally lit up the scenes in this holiday season's charttopping Disney flick Frozen.

Lighting artist Roger Lee, 35, had a hand in creating the perfect light settings in the wintry scenes of the Walt Disney animated feature.

Speaking to Life! over the telephone from California last week, he explained that he was involved in the last few stages of the production pipeline.

"It's kind of like set lighting, but doing it digitally. I use a software to mimic the time of the day and to get the direction of the sunlight right," said Mr Lee, who works at the Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, California.

The 3-D animation movie Frozen follows Princess Anna's quest to find her sister Queen Elsa, who has fled for fear of causing harm to people with her frosty touch. The film has grossed about US$147 million (S$184 million) since it opened in the US on Nov 22. It opened in Singapore on Dec 5 in the No. 2 spot at the box office and climbed to No. 1 last week.

The soft-spoken Mr Lee is particularly proud of adding his touch on a 22-second sequence where the ice palace is bathed in a sea of red as Queen Elsa struggles to suppress her powers of conjuring ice and snow.

"The entire palace was red and there were ice spikes growing. The scene reflects her emotions... I was lucky enough to light the entire sequence myself. Usually for such long sequences, you have a few artists working on it," said Mr Lee, a graduate of Ngee Ann Polytechnic's Film, Sound and Video course.

The school boasts distinguished alumni such as award- winning directors Anthony Chen and Boo Junfeng. Being a part of the Disney magic was a dream come true, Mr Lee said. "Disney is one of the companies that I really wanted to work in. Since my childhood days, I've been watching their cartoons such as Mickey Mouse."

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