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Student animations from Simon Fraser University


simon-fraser-studentsStudents at Simon Fraser University in Canada used Blender, and shared their results.

Eric Raue wrote:

In the summer I took a technical course on computer animation at Simon Fraser University taught by Dr. Richard (Hao) Zhang. In class he taught us the mathematics and theory behind animation. We used that knowledge to create short animations in groups of 3-5 people. Most of us had zero 3D modeling or animation experience. Blender was highly recommended because it is quite powerful and freely available.

With the exception of the Michael Jackson video everyone used Blender to create their animations.


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  1. I dont understand why BLewndernation show this kind of stuff... god.. it's horrible.... THere should be some "filter" on what is shown here... god....

  2. @ GabrielH

    what a nice comment you make there !?
    Maybe blendernation can offer you a job as a censor, and than i mean ONLY you. You being so enormous good at modelling/animation, and with your good sens of taste and style it will all be allright in the future.

    Within the context, students/ no previous 3d experience, the results are not bad at all (my opinion).
    I especially liked the lion-hair, and story of the penguin.

  3. If that is your opinion.. why you censored mine with that stupid comment? Im just saying that if we all want to show how good blender is... this is not the way...

    Nobody has to be nice... that is something i see very often in blender users.. because the works are made in blender means you have to be nice and permissive :S

    PD: if you liked means you have same level, good sens and taste as them.

  4. They are interesting. Considering the focus of the course (technical theory behind computer animation), the animations are quite good. I don't know how much time they would have for this assignment (maybe 2 weeks, perhaps 2 months), but learning Blender from scratch in that time, learning to model, texture, rig, light and animate, and then coming up with these in about that much time is no small feat. The course is a technical course on computer animation. They would first go over linear algebra and review dot and cross products, then learn how 4x4 matrices are used to hold pixel information (one set of coordinates for the camera, one for the object, one for the world, and one for scale), then they would go about learning algorithms for curve generation, etc. Thats the main focus of this course. Their films in that light are quite original, and the effort must have been considerable. Eraser man was my favorite.

  5. [I dont understand why BLewndernation show this kind of stuff… god.. it's horrible….]

    So let's see YOUR fantastic work.

  6. Wow, a 400 level course!
    - I wish my school had a course like that - then I could show off my skillz :)

    Good job - I liked the "don't shake the shaving cream" the best - it was clear , to the point , and was pretty funny :D

    @ vidrazor2 : don't feed the trolls

  7. Wow, They make animations in a short time while I was not able to animate a thing (just stills). Maybe I should look Blender animation up. Thanks, the efforts they show is really enlivening.

  8. @ GabrielH
    wow some body didnt get told what a good lil boy he was when he was young Id guess.
    I thought thay were very COOL.
    Im only just starting and teaching myself (with help from all the wonderfull tut's) so seeing something that is not QUITE perfect in some peoples eyes.........*gabrielh* is very encoreging to me

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