Unlock the secrets of Pixar's RenderMan through a series of in-depth tutorials that focus on rendering an animation in Maya with photo-realistic materials and dramatic lighting.
Visual effects artist Rusty Hazelden has released an in-depth five-part RenderMan tutorial series on YouTube, starting with The Art of RenderMan: Volume 1, which provides an introduction to Pixar's RenderMan for Maya.
Watch the RenderMan tutorial series on the Rusty Hazelden YouTube Channel
For more than 30 years RenderMan has been used in the film industry to render movies featuring groundbreaking visual effects and animation.
In this tutorial series, visual effects artist Rusty Hazelden takes an animated shot from start to finish, and reveals all the techniques used to create the final animation with Pixar's RenderMan for Maya.
No steps are left out and every detail is explained with easy to follow step-by-step instructions.
Essential topics include: adjusting Pixar surface material attributes to create the look of plastic, wood, and metal, applying texture maps to add more detail to surfaces, aging a shiny metal surface by adding a layer of tarnish, and using the RenderMan IPR to interactively develop materials and lighting in real-time.
Learn a wide range of lighting techniques that can be used to create a dramatic nighttime scene.
Discover how to enhance the realism of a shot by enabling depth of field and motion blur.
Explore the powerful Alembic workflow in RenderMan and find out how to assign materials to Alembic archives using the Dynamic Rules Editor.
Advanced topics include: using a light filter and light linking to control scene illumination, sharing 2D texture placement nodes to make shading networks simpler to maintain, fine-tuning the render settings, using the RenderMan denoiser to cut down on render time, and batch rendering the final animation.
Rusty Hazelden is a visual effects artist with a passion for movies. He makes tutorials about visual effects techniques using Maya, Houdini, and RenderMan.
For more information about the tutorial series, check out his website and YouTube channel.