Blender Glitch Effect

Here’s a tutorial I saw for creating a video glitch effect. I love this since it is so easy to do, but yet it was really creative on how the executed it. Even if you don’t need the effect, it’s a good one to watch since it stimulated my mind for new directions to apply its techniques.

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Use of Blender for Lighting System

I am constantly hearing of reasons why learning Python to use with Blender is a fantastic idea. One of them was for a motion-controlled camera rig to perfectly synchronize physical 3d movement with virtual movement in digital 3d space. Now I learn of someone who’s figured out how to use Blender to control a theatrical lighting system. (Read story here.)

Please keep exposing me to these wonderful, lateral-thinking solutions!

Agent 327 Released!

All you Blender fans, the Blender Institute has released the long-awaited short Agent 327. The animation is fantastic and it’s incredible to see what can be done with free software. More importantly, as with all Blender Institute projects, because Blender coders are working on projects using Blender, they are able to see first-hand opportunities for how to improve it, so the challenges they faced will directly inspire improvements to the software.

Read more about the behind-the-scenes here.

The Importance of Cheating

While it’s important to start from the beginning and learn how to do everything, once you have those skills there are benefits to cheating in art and design. It feels weird to say that as a teacher, but it’s true. It can be incredibly rewarding to create all the assets for yourself, but in the modern real world, the time is scarcely there to do that, and I have found that it’s not worth spending my time creating a 3d model for a delicate chandelier which is in the background of one comic book panel when instead I can download a CC0 one from Blendswap.

Here’s a link to an interesting article describing ways to cheat as animators, but I recommend you figure out some options in whatever medium you work. Maybe it’s saving CSS or code snippets, starting your novel with archetypes, keeping a special folder full of Blender node groups, or baking detailed renders so you can render them at near real-time with OpenGL.

What are your favorite ethical ways to cheat? Leave them in the comments below!

Cinemart Society/NASA Competition

With so much going on with work, Justice Democrats, the animations I’m working on, and trying to get my portfolio up and running, I don’t know if I’d have time for this, but I would love to contribute something to this NASA images competition.

Taken from: http://cinemartsociety.org/cinespace/call-for-works

CALL FOR WORKS

CINESPACE 2017

to inASA Imagery – Your Vision
Presented by NASA & Houston Cinema Arts Society

AN INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION OF SHORT FILMS, VIDEOS, AND DIGITAL WORKS USING IMAGERY FROM SPACE.

Submissions: OPEN NOW – Deadline 23:59 (11:59 pm)  July 31, 2017 (any time zone).

Submission Fee: None

Main Screening: Houston Cinema Arts Festival – Houston, TX, November 9-13, 2016

COMPETITION AWARDS:

  • Grand Prize: $ 10,000
  • Second Prize: $ 5,000
  • Third Prize: $ 3,000

SPECIAL JUDGING CATEGORIES AND AWARDS FOR:

  • “Film Best Depicting Benefits of Space to Humanity”: $ 4,000 (More info)
  • “Film Best Depicting Spirit of Future Exploration of Space”: $ 4,000 (More info)

ALL REMAINING FINALISTS RECEIVE OFFICIAL SELECTION MENTION.

NASA and Houston Cinema Arts Society offer filmmakers around the world a chance to share their works inspired by, and using, real NASA imagery through “CineSpace,” a short film competition, now in its third year, premiering at Houston Cinema Arts Festival, November 9-16, 2017.

Films featuring real NASA footage collected from over 50 years of its history will be judged on the creativity, innovation, and attention to detail that are the hallmarks of spaceflight.

NASA and Houston Cinema Arts Society will choose Finalist or “Official Selections,” which will screen at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival in November 2017. Other screenings may also take place throughout the year. NASA judges will award prizes from the Finalist pool.

What We Are Looking For: We are considering short video, film, and digital-media submissions of 10 minutes or less and are seeking works of all genres and styles including but not limited to experimental, narrative, documentary, comedy, drama, animation, ambient, music videos, re-mix, sports, horror, and underground.

We are looking for Submissions that

  • Are based on innovative artistic presentation and storytelling.
  • Provoke an emotional response.
  • Show a mastery of filmmaking craftsmanship.

Submissions MUST contain at least 10% (based on total running time – not including credits) of NASA video imagery.  More than 10% can be used and still photos can also be used in addition to the video imagery. This imagery may be obtained through the NASA Image Archives or other publicly available means such as YouTube, etc.”

**IMPORTANT – Please review the Finalists and Winners from 2015 and 2016 – WE STRONGLY URGE YOU TO USE NASA ARCHIVE FOOTAGE THAT HAS NOT BEEN USED IN PAST COMPETITIONS**

The resolution of submitted works may be created in Standard Definition or High Definition format, however, CineSpace screens all selections in 1080p format. If your film was not created in 1080p format, you will need to convert it to 1080p if selected.

Please explore the following links for more detail:

CineSpace.org (main page with links to the following):
Guidelines & Terms
NASA Image Archive
Submissions Page (with links to the Official Submissions Portal, which opens June 1, 2017)
Frequently Asked Questions
Houston Cinema Arts Festival homepage

For inquiries, e-mail: cinespace@cinemartsociety.org

Project Management

I signed up for an online project management course. Not that I have any real free-time to speak of, but it looks like there’s a year to complete it, and it seems to cover some interesting topics. Plus, a lot of jobs I’ve applied for and not heard back from have wanted people with more project management background than I have, so I think it’ll be a good thing. The real draw was that it’s only $50 marked down from $1495.

I’ve never done an entirely online class before, so I’m curious how this is going to go!

A Surprise Encounter

I made this image, which I am calling A Surprise Encounter, to test out the new version of the Manuel Bastioni Lab in Blender. It was done entirely in Blender with the additional help of the Sapling addon for the trees, but with no additional post-processing.

Here’s the final version:

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A design I made just for fun in Blender with the Manuel Bastioni Lab.

Here is a matcap version:

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And a partial wireframe of the scene:

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