Normally I mostly use flat colors and hard shadows in 3D. For the SpinAwards motion graphics I stepped out of my comfort zone and started to use the physical renderer to create an advanced 3D look. Initially this went well until I came to the realization that my machine would render for weeks on end to calculate all those beautiful shadows and reflections. Blind panic came next. Luckily it was Renderfarm.nu who managed to render my project within one weekend.
The interface and service are very good, the fact that I could check the status of all the renders on my phone is really nice. In the future i'm definitely going to use this more often.