Centre College in Danville, KY is using Blender in its Principles of Computer Animation class. The class is designed to learn the basics of computer animation. The students started the three week course, many of them with little to no computer animation experience, animating a ball bouncing.
The class did not require previous experience in computer science or animation, participants came from a wide variety of majors, including art, economics and foreign languages. This project we are highlighting involved the students animating the well known Ludwig character with lipsyncing and all. The character had to be expressive with gestures, facial emotion and tell the viewer facts about Centre College. The students used their own voices.
Mandy Smith, one of the students, said this of the course:
"It was a lot of fun to show our final work," she adds. "It's very rewarding to watch people laugh or gasp at the emotions you've created. I think the whole class enjoyed watching the short movies and marveling at how far we had all come as a class. We went from learning how to make a ball bounce to making a room full of people laugh along with actual characters interacting with their environments."
I think its great how educational institutions are using Blender and that new young minds are being introduced to our wonderful program. Watching the video you can tell that they are beginners, but what they learned in 3 weeks of using Blender is amazing. Keep an eye out, we might see some new Blenderheads popping up.