Lights, Camera, Render!

Advanced 3D Lighting & Cinematography

Lights, Camera, Render is an in-depth advanced Cinema 4D course from David Ariew. This course will teach you all of the invaluable skills that make up the core of cinematography, helping to propel your career to the next level. It comes packed with valuable assets, and tips on tools and best practices that are critical to creating stunning work that will wow your clients!

Class Start Date:

October 10, 2022

Session Duration:

8 Weeks

3 Payments of

100% Free! Start learning immediately.

$265
$332
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8 Weeks

of video lessons,

podcasts, guides, community
and critique from pros!

WEEK 1

Build a city from scratch and experiment with composition and camera settings!

Meet your classmates and dive straight into the action as David teaches you how to create an amazing cyberpunk scene from scratch! Lighting, texturing, camera settings, advanced scatter systems! You'll be flooded with knowledge and inspiration to create your own futuristic city scene that will act as a benchmark to see where your skills are currently. You'll also get the chance to explore the over 1,000 assets you can use for the course.

Learn compositional techniques and rules that will change the way you approach your work.

The render engine you use doesn’t matter if you don’t have a solid understanding of compositional techniques. In this first week, you’ll be immersed in compositional theory, learning about all the things that contribute to creating beautiful compositions. You'll learn how composition and shot progression can tell compelling stories and learn to storyboard like a pro. These are fundamental concepts you'll apply to every single work you make in the future no matter what software you use!

How to create stunning renders by learning professional lighting techniques.

It’s lighting week! Lighting can make or break a render and this week you’ll learn how to masterfully light a scene and understand how not only lights, but shadows, can contribute to creating stunning renders. If that wasn't enough, you'll also learn how to build up and light a realistic nature scene from scratch. You'll be amazed with how quickly you're renders will improve!

VDBs and how to use them.

This week is a “focus week”, a chance to catch up on course work and material. You’ll also learn about VDBs and how high quality assets can contribute to high quality renders.

Dive deep into camera tech, theory and terminology by studying Hollywood film techniques.

This week is a masterclass in camera moves and you'll gain the confidence you need to start animating cameras to become your own digital Director of Photography! You’ll learn all about cameras and how to tell a compelling story through camera moves. David will breakdown films, introduce you to important terminology, and show you camera animation techniques as you gain a deep understanding of how to be a storyteller. All building up to you learning how to create continuity through shots to build your own gorgeous and captivating animated title sequences!

The importance of moodboarding and storyboarding.

Time to make a short film! This week you’ll learn helpful tips and techniques that along with your new 3D skills and knowledge will help you to complete your final short film project. This is going to be one tough test, but you got this!

Extended Critique Period

The final 2 weeks of class are Extended Critique. You can use this time to catch up, complete your final project, then turn it in for critique.

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Better than in-person training

School of Motion courses are unlike anything you've ever experienced. Along with world-class training, you'll also get 1-on-1 feedback from an industry pro, a 24/7 network of likeminded artists, and more support than you'll know what to do with.

Over 17,000 artists have taken School of Motion courses, find out what all the hype is about.

What makes us different?

Cohort-Based Learning

Join artists from around the world on our custom learning platform. Never learn alone, as you’ll have immediate access to a forum of fellow students to share work, ask questions, and improve together. 

Exercises and project files for every lesson

Each course comes packed with free project files, assets, and additional material to keep you learning and growing long after the course ends. Our exercises are designed from real world briefs, so you’re learning the skills you need to excel on your next project or venture.

Technical and creative support along the way

You’ll be assigned a Teaching Assistant with years of experience in your chosen course. They’ll provide technical and creative feedback to guide you through new skills, improve your techniques, and provide encouragement along your journey. 

Verified credential upon course completion

Completing a course isn’t just about bragging rights. Once you’ve completed at least 70% of your work in a given course, you’ll earn a verified credential that can show current and future employers exactly what you’ve accomplished.

Permanent access to course materials

We all need a refresher now and again, which is why you’ll keep access to your course—and all the assets and project files—for the rest of your life. Come back to listen to exclusive interviews, review old lessons, and try out new techniques using your old assets.

A world-wide alumni community

You’ll gain instant access to our alumni platform, The Square. Here you can network with professional artists at every stage of their career. You’ll get access to new job opportunities and exclusive alumni events, such as meetups, virtual hangouts and reel reviews. 

Meet your instructor

David Ariew

3D NFT Artist & Octane Educator

David Ariew started his career between the intersection of the music and film industries, where he spent three years working on touring visuals for Dave Matthews Band. Around that time, he first discovered his love of C4D—and more importantly, Octane Render. Since then he’s been lovingly dubbed "Octane Jesus" by the mograph community, and has gone on to work on projects for top artists such as Katy Perry, Deadmau5, Zedd, Keith Urban, and Excision, as well as companies such as Intel, Magic Leap, KFC, and iHeartRadio.

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Our no-risk money back policy

We want to make sure you have a positive learning experience with us, so for any session based course you're enrolled in, you can request a refund up until the end of Week 3 of the course

Class Start Date:

October 10, 2022

Session Duration:

8 Weeks

3 Payments of

100% Free! Start learning immediately.

$265
$332
Register Now

Join over 17,000 alumni around the globe

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if this course is right for me?
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Lights, Camera, Render is advanced 3D artists who have strong Cinema 4D skills. If want to master cinematic concepts, this course will be an excellent fit. This course will show you how to unlock the ability to create a beautiful render, everytime. You'll learn concepts like lighting, camera movement, and how to develop your eye to think more like a digital director of photography.

What is the required software?
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Cinema 4D version R20 and above & Octane Render 2020 and above.

You must have a computer that can run Octane. It’s highly recommended you check out both the Maxon site and Otoy site to see their general hardware recommendations.

In this course you will be working with VRAM intensive, professional quality scenes so we recommend you own a graphics card with at least 8GB of VRAM.

Cinema 4D version R20 and above & Octane Render 2020 and above.

You must have a computer that can run Octane. It’s highly recommended you check out both the Maxon site and Otoy site to see their general hardware recommendations.

In this course you will be working with VRAM intensive, professional quality scenes so we recommend you own a graphics card with at least 8GB of VRAM.

Can I take this course using a different render engine?
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Yes, but there are some things you’ll want to consider. During the course we focus on fundamental concepts that can be applied universally to other render engines similar to Octane. If you are very comfortable in another render engine and feel that you have the technical know-how to troubleshoot and translate the concepts being taught you can take this course with another render engine. Please note that if you do choose to use a render engine other than Octane it may limit the technical and troubleshooting feedback that you will receive from your TA as they may not be as familiar with the render engine of your choosing. You would also need to retexture all project files included in the course to be used in the render engine of your choice.

Do I get a complimentary Cinema 4D license?
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Since this is an advanced course, students will need to have their own license of Cinema 4D and Octane Render to take this course. You can download a free demo of Octane that has no limitations other than rendering with a watermark.

How much time do I need to commit?
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Lights, Camera, Render is an 8-week course. You'll have the flexibility to watch the course content and complete your course work on your schedule. However, you can expect to commit at least 15 - 20 hours per week on course material. The video lesson are 1-2 hours in length. There are 9 assignments total. Assignments are typically assigned on Mondays and Thursdays with soft deadlines the next day. We have designated catch-up weeks built into the schedule so students have extra time to complete their assignments if needed. There is also an extended critique add-on for those that want more time with a Teaching Assistant after the 8-week course or need more time to complete assignments towards earning a credential.

Can I access my course content after the course ends?
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Yes! Once you complete Lights, Camera, Render!, you’ll have lifetime access to all the course lessons and materials, so you can revisit them whenever you like. Also, if we make any changes to Lights, Camera, Render! following your session, you’ll automatically receive access to the latest version. Please note: Video critiques change each session, so you’ll only have access to the video critiques during the session you're enrolled in. The written critiques you receive in your homework locker as well as the classroom content will also remain available to you forever!

What are the prerequisites?
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If you have two or more years using Cinema 4D and have used Octane in the past or have taken Cinema 4D Ascent, you’re ready for this course!

Since this is an advanced course, students will need to have their own license of Cinema 4D and Octane Render to take this course. You can download a free demo of Octane that has no limitations other than rendering with a watermark.

Do I need a computer that can run Octane?
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Yes! Software and hardware considerations is a big key for this course as it utilizes software that cannot be run without certain hardware. As of right now, if you have a Mac running an AMD GPU - you are not able to use Octane Render - unless you have a newer Mac with supported AMD cards that can run Octane X. You’ll need a decent computer to be able to keep up with this course as you’ll be learning advanced production techniques that will result in render intensive and resource demanding projects. For hardware and software recommendations, refer to the Otoy site (https://home.otoy.com/render/octane-render/faqs/). This course is taught using Octane Render so to get the most out of this course you should be using Octane.

Is School of Motion a Maxon Certified Training Partner?
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Yes, we are!

What is the course format?
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Lights, Camera, Render is an 8-week course. Lessons become available at a specific time each week but you can watch them and do your work whenever it is convenient for you. The lessons include pre-recorded videos, podcasts, PDFs and assignments with working files.

All student work is critiqued by our highly trained Teaching Assistants. School of Motion TA's are professional 3D Artists with real life experience in the industry.

During the course you will be invited to a private classroom that contains all of the  students and Teaching Assistants in your session. This is a great tool for connecting, asking or answering questions, sharing thoughts or insights, and winning cool contests!

Do I get a certificate at the end of the course?
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Yes, if you complete, submit, and have 70% of your course assignments approved by your Teaching Assistant you will be eligible for a Course Credential through Credly. With your Credly Course Credential, you can share your accomplishments across your social networks, the blockchain, or to print out yourself.

You will not recognize your work when class is over.

Our courses have been meticulously designed to simulate real-world situations so that you're learning best-practices from day one. You'll be challenged, supported, and celebrated by your fellow artists as you level-up in real-time.

Are you ready to take the next step in your career?

Class Start Date:

October 10, 2022

Session Duration:

8 Weeks

3 Payments of

100% Free! Start learning immediately.

$265
$332
Register Now