Friday, April 8th, 2016 by Nadine Obst
Towards the end of February 2016, the RebusFarm Team visited Venice to meet up with Fabio D'Agnano, Director of the Master Course at the Universtità Iuav de Venezia (IUAV). With the support of his passionate staff, we kicked off the RebusFarm Rendering Competition "Another Point of View". Fifty young students with varying levels of experience in 3D are currently attending the Master Course in Digital Architecture (MADI). For the contest, they were asked to pick a photo taken by a master in architectural photography and change the point of view using 3D software. The RebusFarm team also came to Venice to instruct the MADI students in the general use of our render farm as most of them had never used one before. Our CTO Gerphil Niebur gave a detailed workshop.
For the workshop, the fifty men and women were split into two groups so that we had enough time for each individual student. Gerph explained the registration process, the use and advantages of a render farm and how jobs are handled using the power of our 3.000 CPUs. The participants were able to ask questions and even render their first job on the farm, having the support and know-how of our RebusFarm Team placed at their disposal. It was a very intimate and caring atmosphere and we are very happy that we got the chance to meet and work with the next generation of masters in 3D visualization.
Some students took the time to talk about their experiences during their studies, the RebusFarm workshop and their ideas for the contest:
After a nice get-together with all lecturers and students during lunch time, everyone was ready to go. Now that the students had all been prepared for the contest, they couldn't wait to get started. The specifications were easy: choose an image of a master in architectural photography, change the point of view (color, time, camera angle etc.) and use a maximum of 25 RenderPoints to test your scene and render your image on the RebusFarm render farm. The students had one month to finish their work and with the contest nearing the end, we will announce the finalists shortly. The three finalists will receive up to 500 RenderPoints worth 500 Euro, and be featured in the Ronen Bekerman Gallery, a great start for their professional careers.
During our stay in Venice, we met part of the high-class jury who are now being asked to view and evaluate the entries of the students. Ondra Karlik, founder of Corona Renderer, Juraj Talcik, creative director of Democivoca Studio and Gael Nys from RSI Studios came to Venice to share their experiences with 3D visualization during their lectures.
Juraj Talcik took the time to talk about his work and visions in a little interview which you can watch here:
We are now quite eager to finally reveal the winning images and will keep you updated on the "Another Point of View" competition.