Here's something we don't *nearly* write enough about on BlenderNation: the Aqsis RenderMan compliant renderer, and the MOSAIC plugin that allows Blender and Aqsis to work together. Eric Back has just published a very cool sample of what kind of quality you can achieve with these systems - check it out.
Oh! And these guys are aiming at rendering a small part of Big Buck Bunny as well, "the perfect project to really push MOSAIC's integration with Blender and its ability to efficiently export a large animation.". Awesome.
Paul Gregory wrote:
Eric Back, the author of the MOSAIC plugin that bridges Blender and RenderMan compatible renderers, has posted a sample animation showing some of the in progress features of the MOSAIC scripts. Specifically depth mapped occlusion with multiple depth maps.
This shows some of the advanced functionality that MOSAIC brings to the Blender/RenderMan arena, functionality that no other solution so far has even got close to. It shows that the combination is very close to being able to produce professional quality results.
The source to the example is included in the article.