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Peach Interviews: Campbell Barton


cambell.jpgTwo weeks ago I visited the Blender Institute in Amsterdam, where I had a chance to talk to the members of the Peach team (and a member of Apricot as well!). I taped my conversations with them and for the next week, we'll publish one interview each day. Today part seven: Campbell Barton, Technical Director.

About the Author

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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


  1. I wonder which Peach members still need favors from Campbell!

    Come to think of it, Campbell was about the only one whose interview was NOT disturbed by Cessen acting like a bunny in some way...


  2. Very interesting this part! Thank you Bart and Campbell.

    Big to SUN, they rock!


    note: It would have been funny to render this project on Bartonâ„¢ processors.
    Just imagine the slogan: "Powered by Barton!"
    Okay, if we had 6 more months, it would be. ^_-

  3. Hard to see, but it looks like he was running Ubuntu with default panel placement ^_^

    Remember, if Sun ever isn't there for you guys, I'd happily run a boinc client on my machine for an open movie project.

  4. lol... Rocketship.

    I think Campbell's prediction on render time is more accurate than Ton's. I remember watching Ton's interview and he said it would take a day to render the movie... I couldn't tell if he was joking or not...

    Anyway, great interview!

  5. campbell barton on

    @rocketship, lighting is never good for video's here, the record an the wall also looks like a tuma :/

    @ethana2, Using ubuntu gutsy 64bit as our main os, solaris in a VM to build blender for the renderfarm.

  6. Not only is Campbell cool, Sago's best friend, a hero, a nice interviewee, interesting, in a witness protection program, and has a tumour, he's pretty cute (and sexy) too. Although he is becoming increasingly hairy again :( .
    He now also has an ego the size of a truck - don't pander to him too much guys, he'll stop working and spend all day just googling his own name. LOL.
    Campbell YOU ARE THE BEST!

  7. @Cathy: But he's an Aussie AND a can't hold THAT against him! :P (Speaking totally unbiasedly, of course! :P)

    Great interview, Campbell! I could TOTALLY relate when you said "...when something goes wrong, I hear someone call out to me....". I do web development and my boss is always doing that!

    Keep up the good work, and it's good to see one of the Aussies on board.

  8. campbell barton on

    @Cristo thanks! Render farm is working well now which is a big weight off my chest, has been running for 48hrs and rendered over 2000 frames ;).
    @Cathy, Ill be hairy if I want to!, keeps your face warm riding home late.

  9. @Campbell - no worries. Yowsers.....ok, my job is sucky compared to yours.......2000 frames!? Yikes!
    I do PHP, Javascript, CSS, Actionscript myself, exclusively for one guy, for his online job management system.
    I'm thinking of doing some Python in Blender. I'm SUPER itching for a half-decent fire/fluid simulator. Sorry...the present one TOTALLY kicks butt, but I'm just trying to do some decent fluidy-style flame in blender and I'm hitting some roadblocks, so I'd like to get into the code and see what happens. Maybe I'll only get as far as some neat add-ons, but see how we go.....
    Have a good one, Campbell and I'll catch ya later.

    P.S. By the way, you been following any of the cricket over there? Did you hear about Gilchurch's retirement? Huge news....he's playing a few one-dayers now and will be finishing up soon...
    Peace out.

  10. john barton (father of campbell) on

    Hi Campbell,
    i am in deep trouble.......with ubuntu not able to print , but also unable to access emails from the library...... I am unable to deconstipate my trash can....and there is more,..... but when are you coming home, so as I can have my computer running and humming like it was before you lovingly installed ubuntu 2009
    pleeeeeeeaaaaaase help, father John.......................................................... l
    PS email me your email address so I can at least communicate with you................

  11. Campbell Barton (ideasman42) on

    Hi (father of campbell), creative way you found to contact me :), will mail you with details.

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