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This tutorial is based on the In Depth Vray Lighting presentation I gave at our March 4, 2009 meeting.  Feel free to post any comments or questions in the comments below.

This image is lit by Vray Omni lights using an IES profile, provided by the lighting manufacturer.  This fixture is the Collage Pendant by Louis Poulsen.  More information is available at the Louis Poulsen website.

UPDATE: May 1 Meeting at Atlas Brewing

Atlas Brewing

Unfortunately, we've had to cancel our meeting at Leviathan this week. But we still want to see you all! So come out and join us for beers at Atlas Brewing.

Date: Wednesday May 1, 6:30pm
Location: Atlas Brewing: 2747 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago IL 60614

We're really excited to have Aaron Becker as our speaker this Wednesday. He'll be talking about "Concept development and creative process for feature film title design and entertainment branding."

See you Wednesday!

RSVP: Pick up a free ticket at our Eventbrite page.
Date: Wednesday March 6, 6:30pm
Location: Bomkamp, Inc. 346 N. Justine #300, Chicago IL 60607

November 7 Meeting: Show & Tell & Ask at Bomkamp

Our November 7 meetup is all about you! We want to see what our awesome members have been up to lately. So bring your demo reels, your scene files, and all those little motion graphics questions that have been bugging you. We want to show off your work and use the vast knowledge of our community to answer those burning questions. Our friends at Bomkamp are hosting, so you know it will be a great night.

If you'd like to show something (you know you want to) drop us a line at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we'll save you a spot in the lineup. See you there!

RSVP: Pick up a free ticket at our Eventbrite page.
Date: Wednesday November 7, 6:30pm
Location: Bomkamp, Inc. 346 N. Justine #300, Chicago IL 60607

Half Rez: A Motion Design and Cinema 4D Mini Conference

Friends, Beer, Cinema 4D, Food, Presentations, Learning, Chicago, Beer, Conversation, High Fives. We are pretty excited to announce, Half Rez. It's A free four hour mini-conference in a great venue packed with presentations on C4D and motion design, including the newest features in R14. It's created by ChicagoC4D, Greyscalegorilla, and sponsored by Maxon USA. We may be a bit biased, but we think it will be pretty sweet. Chicago and the midwest is becoming a sort-of mecca of great Cinema 4D artists and motion designers and we wanted to create a night just for us; for the people that make stuff and have fun doing it.


Chicago C4D and Greyscalegorilla are organizing, Nick will even be waving his arms around on stage as the MC for the night. Thanks to Maxon USA for sponsoring the event.

Our speakers include:

  • Nick Campbell
  • Chris Schmidt
  • Jack Bransfield
  • Chris Morris
  • Brian McCauley


The Brewers' Lounge at Revolution Brewing

2323 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60647


Wednesday September 19, 2012 6pm - 10pm: Food from 6-8pm


  • Because you want to see the latest amazing work people are doing with Cinema.
  • Because you want to learn more about R14's newest features from great artists.
  • Because you want to meet and network with the talented, friendly, and interesting folks in the C4D/motion graphics community.
  • Did I mention beer?


Tickets are free, but space is limited so you need to pick up a ticket at You must be 21 to attend. Space is limited, so please only grab a ticket if you intend to be in the Chicago area that night.


Half Rez has sold out in two days! Thanks for the incredible response! We're working to release more tickets soon, so be sure to join the waitlist at Eventbrite for your chance to get one.

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