RAT tricks. This year's Stupid RAT Tricks will take place at the annual
Pixar User's Group meeting at SIGGRAPH. This will take place during the
evening of Wednesday, August 3rd 2005.
For those new to this event, the idea is to come up with something
involving RenderMan, MTOR, Slim, shaders, DSOs, front ends to the above,
scripts for handling RIB, war stories, etc. Almost anything related to
RenderMan or its usage in a production environment is fair game. Judging
will be based on a combination of how cool, useful, obscure, and just
plain perverse the trick is. If it leaves us shaking our heads in awe,
confusion, or both, it's a good thing.
Four winners will get to share their trick with us at the User's Group
meeting. Showing a set of pretty images won't be enough, though:
you'll get 15 minutes at the meeting to educate us all on your trick.
A/V equipment will be provided. You'll come away with instant fame, the
adulation of your peers, and there will of course be prizes as well.
There is one main prerequisite for submissions, you must be able
to attend the User's Group meeting to present your trick in person.
Entries should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org and should
have as their subject "Stupid RAT Trick". A few paragraphs describing your
trick, along with any images if necessary, will be fine. If there is a lot
of material or video, we'd prefer it if you could point us to an external
web page containing your material. We'll need to get all of the entries
before July 13, and winners will be announced on the Pixar RenderMan
forums on July 19.
Pixar Animation Studios