What do you get when you use Python and the Blender Game Engine to teach systems to perform tasks? Fascinating videos of creatures learning to walk, stumble and get up again. I love this stuff.
As part of my coverage of project Gooseberry, I have asked every participating studio to share a peek into their daily lives. With teams all over the world, this is going to give us an amazing little insight into the diversity of the different cultures that will melt together in the movie.
We’re starting the series with Gecko Animation from London, England.
In this video, PlasmaSolutions explores some noise modifier updates that are SO new that they’re not even in ‘trunk’ (Blender’s main source code) yet.
For the first time ever, a poem was our inspiration for a contest. ‘Half a League’ conjured up many battlefield images. Aliasguru’s ‘LeGore’ interpretation earned the most votes. Congrats Aliasguru!
You’ll also get to pick the topic for next weekend! Please email me at bart @ this site and let me know what everyone should be spending their time on :)
Read on for some of the other cool entries.
Learn how to create trees for your scene with the Sapling Generator script in this tutorial by Enigma246.
The Blender Institute has just launched their latest open movie project, Gooseberry, from South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. Unlike the previous Blender Institute projects, this will be a feature length movie, requiring the participation of no less than 12 external renowned Blender studios.
The project will take about 18 months to complete. Combined with the much, much larger scale of this project this also means the financial demands are higher: for the initial campaign (‘cloudfunding’, as Ton likes to call it), the goal has been set to 10,000 supporters and a total amount of € 500,000.
The main promise of this campaign is that by signing up for monthly subscription to the Blender Cloud, you will get immediate access to all the Blender Institute’s digital resources like training material and all assets from the previous open movies. During Gooseberry, the Cloud will be continously updated with new material, making you a front-row seat spectator or even ‘virtual intern’.
Learn more about the campaign on the gooseberry.blender.org website right now and sign up for a membership or one-off donation! BlenderNation will be introducing all the studios and participants during the next few weeks. Stay tuned!
Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
“Forward, the Light Brigade!
“Charge for the guns!” he said:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.