Setting the Scene

CRWBY: Behind the Episode: Setting the Scene

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

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

    1 week ago

    Loved being able to see the evironmental models of this scene. It makes it that much more real to see how the scenes spatially relate to one another. Would also love to see the approach the environmental team too to model the individual pieces.


    P.S. those trees are beautiful. Just saying lol

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

    1 week ago

    Thank you SO MUCH for this! :D Just been wondering with this scene, it starts off in the day time and ends at sunset. Did much have to change along with the lighting in order to keep the scene believable, or would it work whatever the conditions? The last couple of shots were absolutely stunning! smile

  • JROY FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Gaurdian Lvl.1

    2 weeks ago

    I'm curious was the person who did the Knight disappearing at the end the same one who did Pyrrha in the V3 finale?

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

      2 weeks ago

      It was not the same person who worked on V3, but we reference past RWBY moments constantly.

    • JROY FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Gaurdian Lvl.1

      2 weeks ago

      Cool, thanks for the answer.

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

    2 weeks ago

    Great work on the set, and I believe I speak for everyone here that we really enjoyed this chapter.

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

    2 weeks ago

    Another great BTS peek. Thanks, CRWBY. Keep up the great work.

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

    2 weeks ago

    As an animation student I love these. CRWBY you are my destiny level 

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

    2 weeks ago

    “we hope you like it”

    Damn fucking right we do!

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

    2 weeks ago

    If any of the CRWBY are reading the comments, I want you guys to know that we are so, so grateful that you choose to put your amazing talents into RWBY/RT. You could be anywhere in the world with the skills you all have but because you chose this path you make thousands of people in the RT community smile. 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

      2 weeks ago

      Thank you for watching!!!!!!!!

  • omaly321 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    How does the team handle version control and management/sharing of files? I'm not sure if the version control tools like git and svn usually used for programming/other projects using text files are applicable to model/image/sound/etc files.

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

      2 weeks ago

      Great question. We have version controls tools that are created by our amazing tech team. They are built specifically for our team and pipelines. Still, the tech team does employee outside software like Git from time to time. I will ask a member of tech to jump on and give you a more clear answer.

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

      2 weeks ago

      Hi Omaly321, we use Git for internal code files but for production assets we use our own internal system called Oz. This allows us to integrate directly into all 6 packages like Maya, Max, Toonboom Harmony, etc. So the artists don't have to deal with all the hassles of messing with source control and is handled for them under the hood. It also allows us to integrate directly into our pipeline code and add extra layers of protection so everything is backed up in case of emergencies like computer failures. 

    • Eric.Turman FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Supervising Tech. Dir.

      2 weeks ago

      Hi Omaly321! To add to what Brian said, because we engineered Oz from the ground up and are properly utilizing multi-threading, our network transfer speeds are much faster than other solutions. It is also coded to be aware of dependencies so that it simultaneously archives and restores groups of files that belong together.

    • omaly321 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      Thanks everyone! That's really helpful. It sounds like a very well engineered system. I might try and write a much smaller version to interface with Blender and Photoshop or something along those lines, it seems like a fun side project. 

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

    2 weeks ago

    Definitely enjoying these BTS episodes. Always cool to get a glimpse behind the curtains. Thank you and looking forward to the next installment. Cheers CRWBY. Making my Saturdays awesome. :)

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

    2 weeks ago

    For future episodes with fight scenes, it would be really interesting to get a step-by-step walkthrough of the process of choreographing and animating a RWBY fight. They are widely considered the series' hallmark after all, and I would imagine it's the one thing that most viewers are hoping to get from this offshoot series.

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

      2 weeks ago

      You will be happy with what we have planned.....

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

      2 weeks ago

      @koen Wooten Well, that was a given regardless of what you end up doing. All your comment has done is make the coming weeks between episodes seem infinitely longer lol.

  • PhantomAC FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Not Otaku, Just Nerd

    2 weeks ago

    Yes,.. Yes we like it. Very much. Please keep the quality up. I'd rather wait for a mind blowing experience than be disappointed from a rushed "cash-cow".


    If ANYTHING Rooster Teeth has continually done right,.. it's been RWBY. You,.. ALL of you should know this.


    Sure,.. RT has great content,.. but NOTHING,.. and None of them compare to Oum's legacy.


    CRWBY is and prayerfully will be the best, until we crash into the sun.


     heart ALL of you so much for bringing the BEST animated fairytale to life!


    CHEERS! beers

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

    2 weeks ago

    While I still love this end-product, my impressions of the "Branwen Tribe" have always been more hierarchal, something straight of a Batman Comic like the League of Shadows. With all the mystery and hints that have been dropped in the past, my expectations where propped up to believe that this was a much older organization that remained isolated from the world solely due to their isolationist beliefs and their prioritization of family over the stranger, which is why they don't hesitate to steal and scavenge from their neighbors and act as bandits.

    Welp, it seems the Branwen Tribe was just a ragtag group of bandits after all.

    Hopefully I don't come across as salty, it was my own fault that I greatly exaggerated my expectations of this group myself, and I'm admittedly happy to finally have a concrete answer. While it might not be as grand as I had hoped, I am once again amazed by the amount of work that went into creating this setting.

    Beggars are no choosers after all, and RWBY definitely hasn't left me starving.

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

      2 weeks ago

      You're not wrong, I certainly didn't expect Atlas tech, but a little more than a knife attached to a pistol grip and nicked blades...

      Nonetheless a good episode, loved the animated suit of armor.

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

      2 weeks ago

      Yup, especially since both Raven and Qrow are in possession of very advanced and complex weaponry, I had expected them to be an organization big enough to have their own group of blacksmiths or such, but I guess the two of them built their weapons out of scavenged metals then? Although there is also the possibility that they built their weapons in Beacon.


      But yes, I totally agree. We finally get the big payoff that we have been waiting for, yet funnily enough it seems the character animators went a bit overboard and seem to have given the suit of armor somewhat of a personality. Not that I mind, it could make for fun scenarios.

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

    2 weeks ago

    Been loving these BTS episodes!! I love seeing the work that goes into these things. And the work has payed off-- this season is seriously gorgeous. Loving the score too. Great job!

  • Osprey9 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    All of these BTS are awesome. I wish Monty was alive to see how far they've come

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

    2 weeks ago

    I studied botany, so I'm very impressed when the background vegetation is kept consistent in certain areas. I also quite like subtle changes in vegetation type and detail.

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

    2 weeks ago

    The ending reminded me of playing with foliage generators in Bryce when I was a kid. ... My Mac Mini never liked trees.

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

      2 weeks ago

      Holy cow, a Mac Mini? That's pretty awesome you were even able to experiment with foliage. Good job.

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

      2 weeks ago

      A very small number of simple trees and 12-24 hours of rendering one frame later, and yeah, it worked okay =) The first computer I ever used for 3D was my dad's Power Mac G3 circa 2008, though that computer was probably more powerful for its time than the Mini was later

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

    2 weeks ago

    You guys did an awesome job with the bandit camp. It really feels really authentic and lived in. Thank you for working so hard to make such densely detailed sets, they really add a lot!

  • bemse FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold I'm just happy 2 b here

    2 weeks ago

    Wouldn't it make more sense to have Raven's tent at the very back of the camp??


    But also they're thugs, so interior decorating wouldn't be their forte 

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

      2 weeks ago

      Look closer, the tent *is* located at the very back. It just has a wide "backyard".

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

    2 weeks ago

    It's always amazing to see how much is put into every little detail. Especially when it comes to things such as keeping the simple anime look while also trying to make it as detailed and convincing as possible. I wonder if there's ever small arguments between the designers on the most nominal things, like leaf counts or if that barrel is really necessary? :p

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

    2 weeks ago

    Really awesome that you showed us a full view of the bandit camp. It gives such a better insight as to how it's all laid out. 

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

    2 weeks ago

    It looked beautiful! So did where RNJR was training - very scenic. I'd love to visit!

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

    2 weeks ago

    The foliage was one of the first things that struck me in the episode. When they're outside on the bike and moving through the trees- it looked stunning.

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

      2 weeks ago

      Thank you! Foliage in general is a huge pain in the ass so reading this is very motivating. <3

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

      2 weeks ago

      @KaiserGeiser

      Looks like, again, some of the difficult/tedious tasks are disregarded most. However, do something wrong or 'botch' the job and people will get mad and start picking on the subject and the people who worked on it.

      I feel you.

  • z00k33p3r FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    I make those faces all the time :)

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

    2 weeks ago

    We don't just like it we love it!!!

  • 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

    2 weeks ago

    In general, what's the poly limit you guys have when creating a scene?

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

      2 weeks ago

      There's no "number" to hit, we just try to keep the file size manageable so it doesn't take 30 min. to open a file, it doesn't chug for animators, or takes forever to render.

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

    2 weeks ago

    As an aspiring animator from a team of artists inspired by Monty Oum, RWBY, and Roosterteeth, thank you always for this series of episodes.

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

      2 weeks ago

      Thanks for watching!

  • 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

    2 weeks ago

    "It has garbage, and that's not even counting the characters and animations." LOL. I know you were talking about actual garbage and not the characters and animations, but come on Cesar, PHRASING!

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

      2 weeks ago

      SORRY! I can't English very good please and thank

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

      2 weeks ago

      Just put Chibi Ruby's trashcan costume in as an easter egg and the sentence works again =)

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

    2 weeks ago

    are we going to see a video about how the weapons are made and how they shift formes/modes?

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

      2 weeks ago

      That's a great suggestion. We are trying to see how "deep" we can go into details without losing everyone's attention.  blush

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

      2 weeks ago

      From what I've seen in the comments, it seems like a large portion of the audience for these videos (including myself) are aspiring animators, many of which started because they were inspired by RWBY. I think it's safe to say you can go pretty "deep" without losing our attention. I definitely enjoyed the tutorial videos you guys did for the Autodesk channel.

    • 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

      2 weeks ago

      Attention to detail without losing our attention is an important detail.

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

      2 weeks ago

      @Koen Wooten

      Just diguise it as WOR episode where you mix real-life explanations with Remnant-info ;)

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

    2 weeks ago

    I'm really happy with this series.  I'm the type of person who sometimes enjoys the "making of" extras on DVDs and Blu-rays than the actual movie.  I also wanted to be an animator when I was a kid (back before computer animation had become so common.)  I like learning a bit about the tools and techniques you guys use.

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

      2 weeks ago

      It's never too late to learn about 3D. Good luck and have fun.

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

    2 weeks ago

    Neat to see a bit behind the scenes. I like these.

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

      2 weeks ago

      Thanks for watching!

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

    2 weeks ago

    Like it....I loved it!

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

    2 weeks ago

    Cue freezerburn fangirling in 3...  2...

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

      2 weeks ago

      Ha!  I was thinking that too!

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

    2 weeks ago

    I was hoping you guys would be talking about texturing the environment but you definitely got me think about how to approach new projects, especially the low res to high res. Great Job guys.

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

    2 weeks ago

    Crwby is knocking it out of the park this volume, I love the art style more and more each episode, it looks damn amazing!

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

    2 weeks ago

    Beautiful work guys! <3

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

    2 weeks ago

    Even though the episode was a little shorter nooooooooo complaints. Felt like an hour. Loved it. 

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

      2 weeks ago

      Wait, is that a good thing?

  • 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

    Everything is getting better. I loved the Yang fight scenes. 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

      2 weeks ago

      The Yang fight was animated by Austin Hardwicke and Jason Dickol. I believe that Erika Soosaar helped as well. 

    • 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

      Just three people made that? Jeez, the talent. I hope they all get a workout in animating fights in the future. It was amazing.

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

    2 weeks ago

    Great work guys. It was a great episode and the hard work was clearly visible. 

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

    2 weeks ago

    "We hope you like it" Mission accomplished! This Volume is knocking it out of the park!

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

    2 weeks ago

    That was really interesting to learn about the low resolution and high resolution strategy.  Great work as always, CRWBY!

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

    2 weeks ago

    I loved the birds eye view of the entire set like that. Reminds me of breaking out of levels in Halo or other games. I'd love to see more views of sets like that.

  • pikaz64 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    YAY for first membership!

  • Elvin11 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    I loved the bandit camp, I do wonder how effective the logs would be during an invasion of any sorts, but other than that it was awesome!

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

      2 weeks ago

      Same, it instantly reminded me of the Bandit Camp in Fable.

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

    2 weeks ago

    It's cool we get to see the behind the scenes on RWBY but these thumbnails spoil on what could happen. Kinda annoying.

    • 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

      Try not clicking on the episode if you don't want anything spoiled; it is a behind the scenes series. It's meant to be revealing.

    • LazarouDave FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Can't afford Double Gold

      2 weeks ago

      To be fair - Hunt did specify the thumbnails, which is not exactly the most avoidable thing, considering it is directly next to the episode on the home screen...

      You might catch an unwanted spoiler by just looking in the wrong place

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

      2 weeks ago

      I am choosing to believe you are making fun of the douches who go into any given comment section of an online video they haven't yet watched and complain about it being spoiled, blame everyone but themselves then have the audacity to handball spoiler responsibility onto others because they are incapable exercising even the slightest bit of self control. 


      I still haven't watched Day 5's BTS yet coz I was saving them until the end of the season just in case.  

      Annnnd since I forgot all about them I now have something to watch.

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

    2 weeks ago

    Oh, so RNJR is also going to be focused in the next episode. 

    • lazykittycat

      2 weeks ago

      Tisk tisk, salty are we?

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

      2 weeks ago

      No, I'm pretty happy actually. I wouldn't really have liked it if it was focused solely on Yang. Not really my favorite character to be honest.  

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

      2 weeks ago

      How dare you have an opinion that someone won't agree with!


      BEGONE FOUL BEAST!