V-Ray won an Emmy! And joining Chris this week is Craig Weiss, a committee member on the board for the Engineering Emmy Awards. Craig explains how Chaos’ rendering engine has changed the way TV VFX are made and why the board chose it to win this prestigious award.
Craig also delves into his role as CBS VFX’s executive creative director, from his humble beginnings in stop-motion animation to the high-resolution, cinema-quality CG home audiences have come to expect. It’s a fascinating journey into the past, present, and future of the technology that helps bring stories to life.
4:01 Origins in stop-frame animation
9:14 What excites Craig about VFX
12:31 Background replacements and replicating sets
14:51 How TV quality has increased
20:26 Virtual production
28:08 Rasterization versus ray tracing
34:48 Finding talent
38:06 V-Ray wins an Emmy
44:16 Why V-Ray makes great VFX easy
46:16 Craig’s vision of the future