Press Releases: Pixar’s RenderMan 25 Years Greater
Pixar continues to advance the state of the art in rendering technology
EMERYVILLE, CA – (June 3rd, 2013) Pixar Animation Studios today announced a celebration of 25 years of Pixar’s RenderMan and its pioneering contributions to computer graphics, which completely revolutionized the feature film industry and continues to do so. Used in 19 of the last 21 Academy Award®-winners for Visual Effects, RenderMan is the industry standard and has been honored with multiple awards for technological innovation by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Originally based on the REYES rendering architecture and the RenderMan Shading Language (RSL), RenderMan has developed into a hybrid renderer possessing the most diverse and flexible toolset currently available. This year, Pixar’s “Monsters University” and “The Blue Umbrella” are showcasing new levels of photorealism, including major advancements in lighting that are directly attributable to technological breakthroughs in RenderMan’s system for creating physically-based global illumination. The upcoming release of RenderMan Pro Server 18.0 builds on this rich new feature set to deliver path tracing, accelerated re-rendering, and geometric area lights, as once again RenderMan evolves to meet the ever-increasing challenges of visual effects and animation production.
Pixar is initiating a number of celebratory events and programs to commemorate RenderMan’s 25th anniversary, commencing at the Annecy International Animation Festival and Market (Mifa) in June 2013 with an exclusive event including a behind-the-scenes presentation highlighting the state of the art rendering techniques used in Disney•Pixar’s “Monsters University” and “The Blue Umbrella.” In particular this presentation will demonstrate RenderMan’s exciting new cinematographic tools for lighting and other key features such as RenderMan's Physically Plausible Shading system. Event attendees will also qualify for special promotional access to RenderMan software and RenderMan On Demand, the world’s largest render farm. Throughout 2013, a series of additional special events will explore how RenderMan is continuing to change the way in which movies are being made and how Pixar’s RenderMan is now accessible to everyone.
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About Pixar Animation Studios
Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is an Academy Award®-winning film studio with world-renowned technical, creative and production capabilities in the art of computer animation. Creator of some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including "Toy Story," "Monsters, Inc.," “Cars,” "The Incredibles," "Ratatouille," "WALL•E," "Up," "Toy Story 3” and “Brave,” the Northern California studio has won 30 Academy Awards® and its films have grossed more than $7.7 billion at the worldwide box office to date. “Monsters University,” Pixar’s fourteenth feature, will open in theaters in the United States on June 21, 2013.
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