Hey guys, thought that I should share with you about the software launched by Pixar called RenderMan. I believe most of the 3D animation and CG students would know this product by now.
You can officially buy the license from http://renderman.pixar.com/ but it is extremely expensive for students or home-based freelancer.
However, if you are still a student, Pixar is offering a hefty discounted price of $200USD for a bundle of RMS and RPS (information provided by @damoxy).
The team is going to come to SIGGRAPH Singapore soon, so you might wanna get the passes and go ask them some questions about this software personally. GO GO GO!
Though I am no longer a student eligible to purchase at a student price, I am sure that some of you guys would love to know about this. :)