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The Blender Project

Due: Saturday, December 8, 2012, 11:59 pm

Overview: You will construct some rudimentary models and animations in Blender

Topics: Animation, GGC Wiki

Project Template: Project 4 Template

Blender Download: Windows users, please download the Installer. Mac users, please download the version that corresponds to the type of Mac listed. The version on the classroom computers is Blender 2.57, even though the latest version is 2.64. If you want to use 2.57, download this file for Windows or select the version from this list relevant to your computer (Windows or Mac).

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please read all instructions thoroughly and carefully before calling on the instructor for help. Please remember that your neighbors, the Blender help menus and the internet are also all resources that you can consult. Please begin early to give yourself time to ask questions and resolve any technical difficulties.

If you want me to look over your project before you turn it in, please see me in person during class or during my office hours. I will not review projects submitted via e-mail.

Before You Begin

1. Edit your Student Profile page to include the Blender Project Template. I encourage you to create a link to a separate project page to keep your student profile page from becoming too cluttered, but you are welcome to add the template to the bottom of your existing page if you prefer. Give this page a unique name such as F12_CuneoJoshua_2110_Pjt4. (Previous assignments asked that you add your project content to your profile page. I'm changing this to keep your page from getting too cluttered.)

2. If you're using a Mac, go to System Preferences and make sure the mouse matches the configuration below:



1. Download and open up the Blender Project Animation Starter File.

2. Using Blender, create a five-second animation with the criteria listed below.

  • Object Requirements
    • It contains at least 5 objects (not including the camera and light sources) of different shapes, all of which are colored or textured (or both).
  • Animation Requirements
    • At least three of the objects (not including the camera and light sources) are animated (i.e. they are moving in some fashion).
    • At least one object rotates and translates (i.e. slides).
    • At least one object changes scale.
    • At least one object is parented to at least one moving object.
  • Lighting Requirements
    • There are at least two light sources.

3. Export your animation to a QuickTime (.mov) file with a resolution of 400 px x 300 px (although you can make smaller renderings to test your animation).

4. Render and save a .jpg image of one frame of your animation. This frame should show all five objects discussed above.

5. Upload both your QuickTime file and your rendered image to the wiki. NOTE: Your movie will probably be in the ballpark of 10 MB, and it will take a few minutes for the wiki to upload the file. Please be patient.

6. Update the wiki template with your image and download link to your QuickTime file. Include a 1-paragraph description of what this movie is supposed to show. Be sure to mention all objects and light sources and how each moves during the animation.

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