Hey, so I got a film account. Let's give this a whirl.
Environment design final project - an ivory tower.Concept art/blueprints: [link]Textures: [link]
Modeled in Maya, rendered using mental ray. About 2200 frames in total (with overshoots). Rendered in about 9 hours using two computer labs and Autodesk Backburner. Mostly just beauty and AO passes, with a few exceptions to smooth out the the outdoor/indoor transition. Overall about 5 minutes a frame.
Worst part: Arches in the ceiling. Took me like 8 hours to get all that gibberish to connect up there.
Easiest part: Curtains. Seriously, 5 minutes. Zig-zag curve extruded up and a tiled 128x128 cloth square with transparencies. Amazing results for absolutely no work.
Most tedious part: Randomly assigning textures to books. Ye gads.
Like, 3 hours.
Total time to complete: About 2-3 weeks off and on?