Another Face In The Crowd

CRWBY: Behind the Episode: Another Face In The Crowd

Join CRWBY as they open the studio doors for an in-depth look at how each episode was made. Kerry, Miles, and the team walk you through the 3D pipeline and talk about how art, tech, post, and animation come together to create RWBY.

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  • TearsOfLA FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    I love having the actual animated background characters, but there was something about the black shadow background characters that will always have a soft spot in my heart xD

  • Klorix FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    I did enjoy actually seeing more people on Menagerie, where previously there has been criticism in this regard (I've seen you responded to that earlier).


    But I feel like sharing two thoughts:

    1) Regardless of my enjoying fully fleshed out people, I fell like the shadow people could have become a style in its own right (or I might have a case of nostalgia even though I started watching when volume 3 was already over...).  bust_in_silhouette

    2) This one might be more constructive. Now that a bunch of people are becoming crowds, I'd wish to see more diversity. As you even showed here, they are all based on very few models with a couple of randomised features, and that's becoming obvious. Now we need some older, some younger, some more plump, some more skinny, etc.

    Whatever, I guess you are already working on it and I look forward to seeing it.  thumbsup


    Thanks again for these behind the scenes shots and short interviews, giving us better insight and understaning as well as a better means to let you know what we do enjoy or would rather like to see.

  • xenocore01

    2 weeks ago

    These girls still need some muscle on them.  Especially yang.  She should be built like a gymnast!

  • atomicartemis FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    Even though my artistic abilities are limited to stick figure doodles, I find the animation process fascinating and want to thank y'all for giving us an inside look at what goes into making RWBY, since it is such a unique process. Something I would love to see in future episodes is a breakdown of the mo-cap process (particularly for the bits used for fight scenes), as well as a look at building the character rigs/models. I binged the entirety of RWBY this summer and one of my favorite things was being wowed by the massive jump in animation quality with each new volume. Volume 5 has been no exception, with its increased focus on shadows and lighting, vastly improved environments (textures everywhere!), and wider ranges of facial expressions. Keep up the awesome work!   

  • yairzucker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Light

    2 weeks ago

    THA PEOPLE

  • darkclouds97 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    RWBY has so many background charecters, that even the backgorund charecters have background charecters.

    • pixel-mover FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RT Camera/Layout Artist

      2 weeks ago

      Yo dawg, we heard you like background characters...

  • thmsmcd6 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    Very cool!  smiley

  • Dove93 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    thanks for all your hard work :)

  • GobiTodic FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    The Maye interface looks incredibly similar to the Cinema4D one.

    • pixel-mover FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RT Camera/Layout Artist

      3 weeks ago

      Basically the same at the core but definitely would take most people a little time to try and feel comfortable switching...

  • civilizedowl FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    As someone who is in school for animation and game development, videos like these are highly appreciated. It's great to see the behind the scenes software that I work with used in these ways with these results. 

  • gem_scheltema FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTBox reviews each month

    3 weeks ago

    It blows my mind how much work you guys are putting into RWBY...this series is just reaffirming my belief that the show is in good hands. I can't stand to see people criticising the effort and the commitment there is from the CRWBY.


    I'm not saying you are immune to constructive criticism on your work (even though I personally can't give any), but there's no doubt in my mind y'all deserve high praises for continuing to better RWBY and never slowing down despite any naysayers.


    The crowds have gone from black silhouettes to hundred lively people. It's really impressive.

    • LuckE FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Gainfully Employed

      3 weeks ago

      you keep watching and we will keep making them haha! We've got plans to always keep improving.

    • gem_scheltema FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTBox reviews each month

      2 weeks ago

      I'm in this for the long run! I seriously am excited to see what the show is like in the years to come.

  • trejak FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    This is probably the best episode of CRWBY so far :D I love seeing technical things like this

  • DrewStrauser3 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    WOW! That's amazing.

  • NekoShah FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold NekoShah

    3 weeks ago

    I love how CRWBY is always improving and finding new innovations to deal with the increased production value. All I can say is I cannot wait to see Menagerie in Volume 10 or so and be blown away xD

  • EmmaJeanne FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    This episode was so informative! I really like seeing these behind the episode things, especially when you explain how it works. Thank you for giving us a glimpse into your world!

  • MasterPoppers FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    While I do appreciate the work that these guys do, the Menagerie crowds have continued to be underwhelming. Look, we have been told time and time again that Menagerie is a place crowded with Faunus. It really has never seemed that crowded to me, especially during that speech. Hopefully they will strive to improve this over the course of the next couple volumes because while Volumes 1-3 certainly were more poorly animated (at least in terms of background details, and non-fight related things), they certainly could utilize a much larger audience with their shadow characters or non-animated copy-pasted blokes. 

    • LuckE FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Gainfully Employed

      3 weeks ago

      I can understand the criticism. We are constantly trying to improve from one season to the next, so the fact you are noticing a difference is great! The process is relatively new and we are still working out a lot of kinks in how to run this process through the pipeline. Menagerie is especially difficult because there are supposed to be so many people. We hope you keep watching and keep noticing the improvements! 

    • gem_scheltema FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTBox reviews each month

      3 weeks ago

      I respectfully disagree, and think the crowds now are an amazing improvement to what we used to see. I would much rather a lively crowd that has effort and thought put into it to one that's just copy-paste and silhouettes which makes the scene seem flat.

    • MasterPoppers FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 weeks ago

      +gem_scheltema See, I didn't have as much problem with the speech because not everyone in Menagerie would come to see a speech. They probably have other stuff to do. What was really underwhelming was when we first came to Menagerie. Sun says two lines that do not match up with past events. First, he says "I've never seen so many Faunus in one place." Which is wrong because he saw many more Faunus in the White Fang recruitment meeting. Second, he says something along the lines of "It sure is crowded, huh" (or something to that effect), when in reality, it was not that crowded. I do enjoy dynamic crowds, but I acknowledge that sometimes the shadow characters and copy-pasted people had their advantages, simply if the technology of the time couldn't handle large crowds.

    • gem_scheltema FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTBox reviews each month

      2 weeks ago

      Well the thing is, we don't really get to see every single Faunus that Sun is seeing himself. They explained on RWBYRW that they make a lot more of sets and environments than they use in shots, I figure that if we were to see it from Sun's eyes, there would be more people. But I don't remember the scene 100% anyway, maybe it was a little sparse, idk.

  • GizmoGeek FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Em

    3 weeks ago

    Really clever thinking.

  • NoirTitor FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    This was surprisingly educational, especially maya noobs in training like myself

  • CyberLambo101 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    I should really get back into Maya...still got the student version and the real one's price is frightening...

    • Jamanese FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 weeks ago

      Your not the only one. After my spring semester next year, I have Maya for a couple of months so I'm trying to get as much as I can from it or until I fine a decent paying job to help pay for it

  • RavenSugara FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Streamer/Fic Writer

    3 weeks ago

    This. Was. SO COOL!!


    If a human could have star eyes the way characters do in anime, I definitely had those while watching this. It was amazing to see that skeleton/rig and how the crowdshot animations work. I'm one of those people who definitely check crowd scenes to see where and how many characters are copy/paste duplication (sorry, I don't know technical terms). I only caught a few in the v5e3 episode, but it was really exciting to me to see a variety of skin tones and faunus traits represented. Really nifty to hear about that randomizer and get to see it in pre-production action.


    TL;DR MORE LIKE THIS PLEASE! :D

    • LuckE FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Gainfully Employed

      3 weeks ago

      Yooo! Thank you, we are still building the animation library for the new crowds, so hopefully there won't be any dupes in the future! Thanks for the starry eyes ❤️

  • LuckE FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Gainfully Employed

    3 weeks ago

  • Grifshot19 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    I absolutely love these CRWBY Videos!

    • LuckE FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Gainfully Employed

      3 weeks ago

      Thank you!!

  • HuntSD FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    It's interesting on how RWBY is made, nothing I could do but it is very interesting. Love all the work the CRWBY did with this Volume of RWBY. And I wish them the best of luck!

  • haloman362 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    I love watching these videos because it just shows how much time and effort is put into the show.


    I took a 3D animation class and failed horribly and had a fun and hard time with it.


    there is no way i could do this


    great amazing job on the work you guys


    i always love the effort for this show, it's well deserved

    • LuckE FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Gainfully Employed

      3 weeks ago

      Much appreciated! ❤️

  • EquinoxTheHunter FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Equinox

    3 weeks ago

    Wow, I never knew Maya allowed CRWBY to do these sorts of things.  Learning about the Uber Rig was really interesting.  Keep up the good work, CRWBY!

    • pixel-mover FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RT Camera/Layout Artist

      3 weeks ago

      Learning to use the Uber with Golaem has been very interesting and fun for us as well. Glad you enjoyed the video!

    • LuckE FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Gainfully Employed

      3 weeks ago

      Will do! We can't do what we do without you guys!

  • AeroJett FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Spaceman

    3 weeks ago

    I can imagine looking at the progress on the crow generators and each time thinking "MORE. We need MOOOOREEEEE." Until you end up with a Super-Bowl-Sunday/Battle-of-Helm's-Deep size crowd and the render farm catches on fire in protest.

    • AeroJett FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Spaceman

      3 weeks ago

      "crow" was supposed to be "crowd", but y'know, we need crow generators too.

    • LuckE FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Gainfully Employed

      3 weeks ago

      We are definitely pushing the render farm to the limit sometimes haha

  • REDbent FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold redbent

    3 weeks ago

    love these segments - this is why I have bought the DVDs / blue rays for every season. I work in video production (not a rt) and this is so enlightening. I appreciate the time it takes to put these BTW videos together. 

    • Koen Wooten FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Animation Producer

      3 weeks ago

      It's all the work of Richard Norman. twitter handle - @TheManThatAte 

  • MintyMido FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold MintyMido

    3 weeks ago

    I’m loving this CRWBY series so much - I took a 3D animation class where we used maya and it took so much effort to even achieve simple things and it really made me appreciate RWBY so much more -it’s amazing to see you all putting in so much work into this fantastic show and making the animation better with every volume. Thank you!!

    • Koen Wooten FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Animation Producer

      3 weeks ago

      Thank you! 

  • ImFrelled FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    I enjoyed this behind the scenes peak into the making of RWBY. Keep up the great work!

    • Koen Wooten FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Animation Producer

      3 weeks ago

      Thank you!

  • lunchbox893 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Self-Named King of Zing

    3 weeks ago

    So, with all these advances in character models and animation, are there any plans to go back and remaster the older seasons?

    • Koen Wooten FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Animation Producer

      3 weeks ago

      We are really excited about Gen:Lock and future projects!

    • augmented_smurf FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Smurf

      3 weeks ago

      I feel like that's a pretty solid, "Ain't nobody got time for that."

  • albinolass FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    I love how in depth you guys got with this episode. This is exactly what I wanted to see! Love seeing you guys be specific of what your doing and having the screen capture of the program was uber top. Can't wait for what you guys have next week.

    • Koen Wooten FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Animation Producer

      3 weeks ago

      Thanks for the input!!!!!

  • extragarb FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    You guys really killed it with the crowd at that speech! It looked really organic and alive! It's so cool to see how much RWBY has grown since Vol.1 

    • Koen Wooten FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Animation Producer

      3 weeks ago

      You and all the fans are the reason RWBY has been able to grow to where is now. Thank you.

  • Darkus6 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    I knew animation was difficult, but this level is insanely complex looking, keep up the good work. My respect for your hard work(which was already very high since the work you all do looks amazing), just went up even more now that I see the hard work behind it all.

    • XXJones21 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 weeks ago

      We love being able to push what we do not just with every volume but with every chapter as well. To see it so well received lets us know we are going in the right direction.

  • Bastionus FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    Your work is so appreciated. You guys are crucial in bringing RWBY to life. Thnx so much!

    • Koen Wooten FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Animation Producer

      3 weeks ago

      Thank you for your support and kind comments!

  • thebeardedmen FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    I'm just starting in the 3D industry and learning of Golaem is really cool. I'm glad they actually put the time to integrate it to their pipeline because this software is very strong and I can see them pulling off incredible stuff out of that.

    • pixel-mover FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RT Camera/Layout Artist

      3 weeks ago

      Glad you enjoyed, we are so happy that the time we put in is appreciated! Can you imagine creating an army of Grimm in Golaem?

  • blspeiser FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    Video crawling/buffering at 240p...

  • ctaekotemple FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    It's interesting to watch this.  Crowd animation can do so much for making a scene look right.  A lot of work can go into making a believable background crowd that moves around in ways that make sense, as well as has enough variation so it doesn't look like carbon copies of the same handful of characters over and over again.  I used to get irritated with that as a kid, watching cartoons.  The technology available certainly makes it easier to accomplish, when you can program in those variables, but it still takes some thought and work to do it right.

    • pixel-mover FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RT Camera/Layout Artist

      3 weeks ago

      I find it interesting too. The technology has given us so many options to play with as artists, but it takes a lot of thought and planning in advance. We worked really hard to try and create continuity between the crowds in different shots, while still having control of the animation of an individual crowd character. Thanks for watching!

  • Jaune_Black_Smudge FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    Nice BTS. 

    • Koen Wooten FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Animation Producer

      3 weeks ago

      Thanks! Richard Norman from our editorial team directs, edits, and composes for all the episodes.

    • BrianArndt FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 weeks ago

      Richard's also the voice of the ship pilot flying Weiss!

  • Wafflesunite FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    As someone very interested in Animation and would like to do it sometime these videos help me get an inside look at how it's done and I love it.

    • Koen Wooten FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Animation Producer

      3 weeks ago

      Thanks for watching!!!!!!

  • stopboorider FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    I'm so glad RT is doing more and more behind the scenes videos. As someone who's come from nothing trying to get into the entertainment industry as an artist, it's annoying when a lot of professionals give you nothing more than "You go to CalArts and now you have a job." It's nice to actually see productions and be able to learn from these small videos how more and more things work in the industry, and see it's not some magical process that starts with a student loan you'll never see the end of.

    • Koen Wooten FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Animation Producer

      3 weeks ago

      The interesting thing is studios typically don't talk about how they work with and around technical issues. I remember watching Pixar videos where they talked about solving hair, water and other simulations. That content has always helped informed me as a producer and filmmaker. 

  • Zahlen FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Danger Noodle Animator

    3 weeks ago

    Thank you as always for these episodes.

    • Koen Wooten FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Animation Producer

      3 weeks ago

      Thanks for watching!

  • finyte FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Shut Up Donnie!

    3 weeks ago

    100-300 people in one setting? Good lord, do you think that number could get higher overtime?

    • LHprs FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 weeks ago

      Somewhere, an animator just felt a chill for no discernible reason.....

    • PlayedSun FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Animator

      3 weeks ago

      It's certainly possible, but the tough part about having a crowd that large is you need to drastically increase the variations of the crowd, both visually and with the animations. Even with a crowd as large as 50, you see a lot of "twins" and culling out and fixing those characters is very time consuming

  • colespock FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    It's so cool seeing how it all works. Great job btw! This weeks chapter is so good! :D

  • dpla FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    Well, this episode has me intrigued the most.  Trying to build crowds on Autodesk Maya is time-consuming and not easy, so I appreciate them showing their tricks to keep the production optimal.

  • Jamanese FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    Still love these behind the scenes. Is Goloan (idk if that's how you spell it) an plug-in or part of maya 2017?

    • PlayedSun FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Animator

      3 weeks ago

      Golaem is a seperate plugin that works within maya.

    • Jamanese FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 weeks ago

      Thanks! I'm trying to get the best out of Maya before me student version expires next year.

  • GreenJaws FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Beacon Academy Studios

    3 weeks ago

    A look at building out a populated scene I'm assuming from the description?

  • jkphantom FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    Sun!!!