"As a lead lighter I am responsible for creating the initial lighting set-up for a particular sequence to simulate the lighting conditions," Bhatawadekar said. "I capture the mood for that sequence as envisioned by the art director, visual effects supervisor, and the production designer."
Rise of the Guardians follows an evil spirit named Pitch who launches an assault on Earth. A team of immortal guardians responds to protect the innocence of children all around the world. Characters are voiced by stars including Alec Bladwin, Hugh Jackman, Chris Pine, Jude Law, and Isla Fisher.
Bhatawadekar worked on Rise of the Guardians for five months and then jumped into working on another upcoming DreamWorks movie, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, to be released November 2013.
"It definitely gives me a sense of pride and accomplishment when I see a movie I worked with on the big screen," Bhatawadekar said. "Of course, when you work on a project for so long, you cannot help but see all the minuscule imperfections that you wish you had time to fix. And then you remember all the long hours you put into every shot as it zips across the screen. It's all worth the effort, though, when you see the audience reacting well to it."
Bhatawadekar has worked with DreamWorks Animation in California for nearly five years, on projects including Kung Fu Panda 2, Megamind, and Monsters vs. Aliens.