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Against the Clock: Can I build Leo The Drone from Eurovision2022 in under 20 minutes in Blender?!


Genode writes:

I love Blender...

And I love Eurovision. Yep, I do. The splendour, the national diversity, the camaraderie, the music, the staging, the lights. ALL OF IT, I TELL YOU!!! I LOVE IT!! I don't love the fact that we have had "Null Points" recently, but this year the UK had a great run. Oh and of course "Well done Ukraine!"

But there was one thing that did get my back up a bit. It was a 3D Drone that was in the links that was flying all of the vistas of Italy. Leo the Drone, it was called. But for some reason it did not cast a reflection over some of the water shots and often cast no shadow. If you can comp in a drone, you can fake a shadow. I am assuming it was a time issue, which happens more time than you would think.

Then I got to thinking, I bet I could build that in 20 minutes, that drone. I bet I could. I even said it out loud and my eldest daughter said to me, "That would make a great video on your channel, Dad!"


So here it is! Me attempting to recreate in Blender Leo the Drone from Eurovision2022.

No spoilers, but it was a great thing to do and I think I'll probably do more.

What do you think, please leave a comment. Even better maybe suggest something I can do a time build of!

Take care guys!

About the Author

Gary Noden

I am a Senior Creative over at Space Digital in the North West of England. I've been creating CG stuff for the TV and Corporate World for (mumble-mumble) years now and have been lucky to work on some amazing projects. I discovered Blender about 9 years ago, opened it and, like so many other, immediately shut it down, but several years ago I needed to so something simple and cost effective (ie. free) and Blender was the only way. I have never looked back and use it now all the time alongside Maya every working day. I also have a YouTube channel called GENVFX where I teach people how to use every modifier one by one and as deeply as I can as well as the occasional tutorial.

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