I did like it! So much character. I got that lighting DVD on one of your links, it should be here in a few days. I tried doing the ones on Digital Tutors, and while they were helpful in explaining the tools of lights, along with the basics, I still found myself unable to actually light a scene.
lighting a scene can be really difficult sometimes it need lots of time to get things right , but wt i do , is mostly i watch stuff on utube , it helps aloot btw , u can learn lots of stuff from other ppl , try that
Yeah, I've never focused on lighting.. always on modeling or animation, or whatever else.. Lighting and Rendering are my two weak areas and it seems like they are the hardest to find a good tutorial on since everyone works a little differently and so much of it depends on the scene.
I will definitely have a look around on youtube and I'll probably check out some of my animated (and non-animated) movies too.. and try to pay more attention to the lighting.