A couple of years ago, I posted this video by Alex Roman. It has been a while and I figured it was time to revisit it. A lot of people ask me where I get my inspiration from and this is one place I constantly go back too. It never disappoints. More than anything, I try to study the way he uses light, applies textures, and composes the shots. The video perfectly illustrates many different lighting scenarios: day, night, warm, cool, overcast, etc. He also finds unique and abstract views of the spaces that help push me to rethink the way I compose my own shots.
The entire video is CG. Everything (modeling, textures, lighting, rendering) was done by Roman. Even the music was composed by him. He has uploaded some "making of" videos Here that help describe the process he used to complete the film. It also looks like he is coming out with a book soon about this video which I look foward to seeing.