Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

I’ve been taking some classes in 3D computer programming for the last year or so.  It’s something that’s always interested me, and something I always felt was missing from my computer science expertise.  For a project in one of my classes, my partner and I were given the assignment of rendering a set from the play Mr. Roberts using Pixar’s RenderMan format.  Here’s what we came up with:

While it came out better than I expected, it really makes you appreciate what goes into rendering an image like this:

I love the lighting.  The main characters are bright and vivid even though the scene, like mine, is seemingly lit only from moonlight.  And while the moon creates stark shadows from the characters, distracting shadows from the window are conveniently omitted.  That’s the nice thing about computers.  You don’t have to deal with pesky physics.

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