October Meeting: Light Up Your World

by Les on October 8, 2019

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Join us on Wednesday, Oct. 16th at 7 pm in Intrepid Labs, in The American Twine Building (222 Third St. Cambridge, MA 02141 4th floor) for our next Boston Post Mortem meeting:

Talk Summary:

Have you ever wondered how to make games that both look and run great? Riley will be going over lessons learned working with modern game engines like Unreal Engine 4, Cryengine, and Unity both independently and collaboratively. In the talk, Riley will share his experience lighting game environments. In addition, he will discuss how and why proper lighting techniques are so instrumental in next-gen games, how to go about optimizing lighting and post-processing effects to get the best balance between performance and quality, using lighting as a narrative aid, and tips in tricks used in AAA projects such as God of War (2018), Horizon Zero Dawn, and Quixel’s Rebirth animated short film.

Speaker Biography
Riley Lewand is an undergraduate student at Fitchburg State University who has been working as a freelance 3D artist for over seven years. In that time he has created content and worked with numerous business and startups from across the country including international companies such HLW International, Broadway.com, and Key Brand. In addition, Riley has created content that has been used in numerous AAA and indie titles during his 2-year ongoing time freelancing for CGTrader.com

Aside from freelancing, Riley is a 3D Generalist with a focus on technical lighting and rendering optimizations in next-gen game engines such as Cryengine and Unreal Engine 4. In doing so, he has spent more than half of the last decade devoting his spare time to researching and continuously testing how modern game engines handle lighting, and how best to balance the performance costs with visual quality.

In addition to his work in game development, Riley has spent time working as a NASM-certified personal trainer as well as an acting coach. He is also currently working on an unannounced Action-RPG title influenced by the writings of cosmic horror author, H.P. Lovecraft.


There are two entrances to the American Twine Building- one is closer to second street around the side of the building, this is the entrance you want! Take elevators up to the 4th floor and that entire floor is Intrepid. After 6pm security may ask you to sign in, but no ID is required.

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