An animation produced in four weeks by eight inexperienced but dedicated undergraduate students across the United States and Europe, collaborating over the Internet using Blender.
The making of:
Federico Burch writes:
A team of 8 dedicated students from the Department of Visualization at Texas A&M University collaborated on an animation over this past winter break with Blender as their software of choice. Their goal was to coordinate their artistic and technical efforts in a professional manner, while also working through a traditional production process.
They created concept sketches, animatics, matte paintings, color scripts, lighting keys, texture maps, character models, rigs, and particle simulation. The project served as a unique challenge in that each of them sat in different parts of the U.S. and, in one case, across the ocean in Italy, visiting family for the holidays.
Using their college student budget of exactly zero dollars, they employed every free Internet service they could summon to assist them in communicating information and sharing files. At one point, Federico Burch was forced to use Wi-fi from a closed airport shop in Italy in order to maintain an Internet connection to dropbox. At the same time, Wes Cardwell found himself sharing the tiny bandwidth of a 3G AT&T aircard with his dad to upload files, while Jose Contreras worked from his laptop on a sixteen-hour drive to Minnesota to visit family.
The animation was almost entirely created using Blender which they found to be a great fit for their project due to it's wide base of support on the internet and affordability. Challenges that professionals are familiar with tested them as novel concepts. Effects failed, rigs broke without warning, unexplainable artifacts reared their ugly heads, and all of it had to be fixed on the fly to meet their established goal of finishing before next semester.
Despite all of these obstacles, they persevered and submitted their animation to SIGGRAPH where it was chosen to be featured in the “SIGGRAPH Dailies!” along side other students and industry professionals from all over the nation.
Out of Breath Productions (OBP)
The people involved were
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