I opened the seminar at or favorite venue Silicon Graphics hall in Ebisu.
Officially released our new site http://www.rendersan.org. Had a little rant about how Pixar's RenderMan in particular has been the most if not only stable platform in my career. The PowerPoint I had prepared an hour earlier was a little rough but I think everyone got my idea of how RenderMan is not just a cash ROI but a training one as well.
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Finished the talk with some woo factor showing my original MacRenderMan / Showplace / Typestry etc. floppies and original order forms from what seems eons ago.
Katsuaki Hiramitsu San followed up with his shading language 101 talk. Coding everything from scratch showing the "bare bones" of RSL and RIB. For most of the people at the meeting seeing RSL coded live was a first.
I later asked some of the more experienced RSL people what they thought and said it was refreshing to see a simple scene develop all written in Notepad.
Our special guest speaker Pixar's Peter Moxom then gave his virtual tour of Pixar with an excellent real time translation done by my good friend Akira Sugiyama.
Lots of great anecdotes and slides which satisfied all the Pixar maniacs in our audience which by the way numbered 58. Peter showed some clips from Pixar's UPcoming "Up" and explained a couple of RenderMan statistics about the film. He finished with some info about new releases.
Lastly a special talk was given by Silicon Graphics Japan about their latest hardware. I must give a special thanks to Silicon Graphics Japan for their support for our community. I hope to give a special report on some RenderMan and Silicon Graphics Japan combination's in the future.
After this great event we all had to PARTY TokyoGAF style at the Beer hall nearby