It has become my new holy grail to find a good way of adding motion blur to animation during post production.

This has meant trying to get a grasp of Toxik which is a horrendous piece of software with immense power hidden away behind incomprehensible UI. Ive tried motion vector passes with Toxik and it wont play nice, plus theres no real directional blur, just guassian blur. I cant get mental ray shaders to do it. The rapid motion renderer is no quicker though it claims to be. I despair.

Why am I doing all this? because, yes, I'm back on the What project, something I'm determined to finish over summer. click to enlarge:

From 40 minutes down to 13!
Who would've thought halving the texture resolutions could save so much render time, especially when its only about a 2mb difference in file size.

Saw a review interview with the author of this book, sounds interesting.