The abstract for our SIGGRAPH 99 Animation Sketch, which describes the story and techniques used in Fiat Lux.

debevec-sketch-hires.pdf (Adobe acrobat PDF, 418KB)

You can click here to get the text of the sketch in normal HTML.

The image-based lighting and rendering techniques used in the film are described in the following paper:

Paul Debevec. Rendering Synthetic Objects into Real Scenes: Bridging Traditional and Image-Based Graphics with Global Illumination and Dynamic Range Photography. In SIGGRAPH 98, July 1998.

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Here is a brief history of the research leading up the the creation of this animation.

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