Here are a few places where you can find some great tutorials and information to feed your brain.
If you ever want to create a large lush environment then Ground Wiz
can be a time saver. This plug-in is very powerful...
(Once you learn how it works)
Great site for max users.
If you wish your After Effects knowledge was better than check this out.
Here is my own tutorial on: The Basics of Ground Wiz
Here is a Vray manual.
And here are some tutorials using Vray.
Interested in Facial motion capture? Check out the Face Robot Wiki.