Wow, yeah, finally vacation!!! Both from AM and in two days also from work.
I finished my last assignment, the polishing of my second dialogue test. I rendered it over night. I still don't know how to set the parameters for Global Illumination and Final Gathering right so it does not take so long to render and still look good. So I just used Maya Software render with two spot lights and raytracing.
Also I wanted the body and the duck to produce ripples. I used the maya pond function but they have such a bad documentation for Maya that I have not found out yet how to change the wavelength and the height of the ripples. I guess for now I'll have to live with that.