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Animation: Strange Behaviour

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12779_1191227611_medium.jpgPolish Blender user Anna Celarek submitted a Blender animation to CGSociety's 'Strange Behavior' contest. It has a very distinct visual style and a funny story-line. On top of that, this is her FIRST project in Blender!

Anna writes on the CGSociety forum (here and here):

It's the story about a cat, who is hunting a mouse. The mouse turns out to be braver than the cat, and in the end the cat is the hunted one.

I'm aware that there are still a lot of errors there, especially the sky, and objects intersecting each other. However it was my first 3d animation ever, and my first project in Blender, so I'm happy with the result. I learned a lot, and that's the most important thing for me.

Blender is very confusing at the beginning (I worked in Max before), but after the first shock you learn how to work in it very efficiently, and in my opinion many things are solved better than in Max. User interface is better, once you get used to it. Unwrap is much better, also skinning, and there's a node-based material editor and video editing is possible too. Only big disadvantage that there's no Vray for Blender. It has a bit different workflow as far as big scenes are concerned, in Max I used X-Refs for that, here it's solved differently and I needed some time to find out.

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31 Comments

  1. @Gradir: it's confusing - her personal webpage states Vienna, Austria, but her CGSociety profile says Vienna, Poland. Still, you probably know her better than me - I'll update the post, thanks!

  2. Bart,

    The link for the Quicktime download was missing the initial http:// when you entered it, by the looks of it, so it was treated as a relative link and is pointing to somewhere (non-existent) on Blendernation.com.

  3. Thats a great short and as already mentioned, it's a bit TOO short ^^

    btw, the filename "kot(.mov)" means "shit" in German...

  4. Hi

    It's a great honour for me to appear here on frontpage :)

    To answer some questions -
    I am Polish actually, but I live in Austria for 16 years, so you could say I'm a little bit of both.
    I didn't think about the german meaning of the word, I never translate my filenames...
    Wings3d was used for the entire modelling, Blender for animation and render.
    Some might have problems with viewing the animation on CGTalk, I noticed it does not always load fully to the end, the .mov on my webpage should work better.

  5. 1st animation? Ana, this is sooooo soo so Brutal! Really, I dont know how much time you took to do this, but damn! Kick ass concept and animation! Really!

    But of course, even if its first, of course you already add animation basics and good skills, so, it doesnt matther the 3d Apps, but Glad you used Blender ;D

    Keep up the good work!!

  6. amazing Ana! very distinctive style, I've never seen anything like that before. Though the flash video has trouble playing on my firefox/linux even when fully downloaded, it kinda chokes.

  7. WOW!! sorprendente, nunca se me ocurrio que algo tan simple se pudiera ver tan bien, me encantan las texturas y los colores del ambiente, la animacion aunque no es perfecta esta muy bien lograda, felicitaciones.

  8. awesome animation Anna :)
    i like textures which you used to made this art.
    Keep this level or go forward, im waiting for your next animation ;)
    pozdrawiam

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