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TDU RedShift Workshop

A complete guide to the groundbreaking new GPU Renderer, Redshift. Course conducted by Dreamworks Lighting Artist Shane Sternstein

Built to meet the specific demands of contemporary high-end production rendering, Redshift is the world’s first fully GPU-accelerated renderer. It comes with a full suite of powerful features that integrate seamlessly with industry-standard CG applications including Autodesk MAYA, Houdini 3D animation tools, and Katana. Mastering the ins & outs of Redshift will set your portfolio apart from the competition.

The Academy of Animated Art has teamed up with Dreamworks Lighting Artist Shane Sternstein for this comprehensive Redshift workshop. Shane received his BSA degree in Media Arts and Animation from the Art Institute of Los Angeles. Shane got his start in the advertising industry where he worked with global corporations such as Activision, Disney, EA, Western Digital, and the NFL Network.

Apart from earning his degree in Media Arts, Shane is also an AAA alum. Today, Shane is a part of the DreamWorks Animation production. His film credits include Abominable (2019), How to Train Your Dragon 3 (2018 Consumer Products), and Trolls World Tour (2019).

This workshop outlines all the important information, techniques, and tricks to maximize the Redshift renderer to its fullest. In this online course, Shane Sternstein covers everything from the fundamentals of Redshift and basic controls to the technical AOVs, system settings, and Global Illumination.

Apart from demos and lectures, you will also receive a modeled and shaded set by Shane, which is based on the concept art of Mike Redman. This workshop can be combined with other AAA lighting courses for a better understanding of using Redshift for any creative production quickly and efficiently.


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Course Curriculum


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Your Instructor


Shane Sternstein
Shane Sternstein

Shane is a Lighting Artist within the Feature Animation industry. He is currently working for DreamWorks Animation on the film Abominable.

Initially he received his BSA degree in Media Arts and Animation from the Art Institute of Los Angeles. From there he went onto work within the Advertising industry on campaigns for Activision, Disney, EA, Western Digital, NFL Network and many more global corporations. Before he started working for DreamWorks, Shane completed TDU courses to help rebuild his portfolio.



But wait...THERE'S MORE!

Not only do you get these amazing lectures and demos, but you also get this amazing modeled and shaded set by Shane Sternstein (based off this concept art by Mike Redman.)

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Check Out A Sample From This Course!

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“I don’t believe I would have been able to get the job I have today without the skills and knowledge I gained from tdu.

I was a little hesitant about signing up because I wanted to make sure I was getting my money’s worth out of an online class. These courses are worth every penny and then some! The investment I have made in my career.”

- Anthony Ragusa, Senior Lighting Technical Director, Blue Sky Studios

"I knew I wanted to be a lighter, but didn't feel I had enough experience or quality showreel material to get the jobs I wanted.

The showreel I used to get my current job contained a large majority of work from the assignments I did at TD-U. It has also helped improve how I go about breaking down the lighting in a shot and ensuring that my lighting starts on strong fundamentals."

- Chris Wetherly, Compositing & Finishing at The Foundry

"This course was so beneficial in my career because now I no longer doubt the decisions I make regarding my work.

Also, I didn't have money to afford college so I did not want to spend time just doing some boring tutorials I would just forget. I use what I learned from tdu everyday!"

- Anuar Figueroa, Lighting TD at Sony Imageworks

Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 15 days and we will give you a full refund.

Still, not sure if tdu is right for you?

Believe me, we get it. Although these courses are a fraction of the cost you would pay a traditional school, this is still a lot of money. So here are some reasons why you should be willing to give us a try.

  • We have our free, online webinar that gives you a little taste of tdu as well as provide you with some truly valuable information. This one-hour class will help you get to know us and see if we are right for you.
  • We also offer a 15-day money back guarantee. If you sign up and find that tdu isn’t right for you, we will offer a refund, no questions asked.
  • We offer lifetime access to all our courses. This means that you will have access to all the updates and changes we make to the classes as this ever-changing industry continues to evolve.


Who is behind tdu?

Jasmine Katatikarn and Michael Tanzillo are the Co-Founders of tdu. They are both Senior Lighting Artists at Blue Sky Studios with a combined 20+ years of working on VFX and Animated Films.



Mike and Jasmine created tdu because working in animated features and visual effects has been a dream come true. They were both struggling, young artists who were a bit lost before making the decision to try and become lighting artists. Since then, they have been able to launch careers that have allowed them the opportunity to not only work in an industry that is challenging and fulfilling, but also lead a full life outside of work including traveling the world and starting a family.

This success did not come without a price. Mike and Jasmine have combined to spend over $100,000 on their education before getting their first jobs in animation. Even after that, there was still a gap between what they learned in school and what they needed to know to ultimately succeed in this industry. Now, after more than 20 films and countless student loan payments, they have designed a way to teach artists the necessary skills in order to be successful in this industry without the huge financial burden. The system included a school designed to be an online education system that was affordable and accessible to everyone around the world who wants to chase their dream of working on the next big animated film.

In other words, they have designed a school they wish existed so they could get their dream job faster and save $100,000 in the process.

That school is tdu.

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