We knew he was awesome, but it’s great to see other people noticing it too, again! Yes, again. Because it’s not his first time, he already won for the Blender Foundation’s Open Movie “Sintel”, back in 2011.
They say that music is 50% of the experience. But in Caminandes, music and sound really is the soul that carries the whole story.
Awesome things happen when you work with awesome people. Thank you Jan for being part of the team.
Thank you all who made this possible, you helped improving Blender *and* brought to life cartoons for everybody to share around, learn and study from the files that will be on the USB Card.
Is it over? Not for one second. On the movie itself it might be but we’re still working around the clock to finish the release of the files and tutorials, expect news when we send them to print and get them ready to ship all over the globe.
Thank you once again for supporting and sharing Caminandes, you’re awesome. On behalf of Pablo, Francesco, Andy, Hjalti, Jan, Sergey, Juan Pablo and Beorn.
Hello fellow llama friends!
Exciting times for Caminandes. Everything is coming together, adding special effects and little animation tweaks here and there. Jan is writing music like a boss with a final edit that is 2 minutes 22 seconds! 10 of those seconds are for credits yes (ours and you awesome pre-orderers), but the rest is pure cartoon magic.
We’re so close to finishing, that we’re about to start recording tutorials/documentation for your delight! To get the best out of this, we need your input, what would you like to learn?
The topics we have in mind are:
Documentation / Tutorials:
Pipeline: Caminandes folder structure
Linking: Building a shot from scratch
Shaders: Koro’s Eye and highlights
Fur: How Koro’s particle systems are setup
Animation: Master Blinks
Rigging: Learn to use Koro’s rig
What do you think? Let us know if we’re missing an important topic. The ones listed above are those we believe can be explained efficiently (without becoming a training DVD :) Keep in mind we also have to deliver the film!
Keeping daily blog posting roll, have a sneak peek at the very first shot in the movie!
In this shot, Koro still doesn’t have his facial animation, we’re working on it as well as blocking the remaining shots. Lots to go.
Today we tweaked the length of the last shot. We can safely say that Caminandes Ep. 2 has a total of 19 shots (yes, nineteen!) That’s more than twice Llama Drama, but only ~40% longer running time. This short has definitely much more action. Koro walks, runs, jumps, goes from happiness to fear, all in two minutes! (OK maybe will end up a tad longer, but still!)
If you like cartoons and open content, and would like to take a look at the production files or tutorials included, or just want to support a fun project, consider getting the USB Card or Digital Download. This will help us realize the project and the rest will be donated to Blender and the Blender Foundation.
Open Movie projects are not only about making open content, we have to improve the software as well. After all, this project is funded thanks to people like you, that use and/or love your own 3d software!
These are the changes we had in the last few days:
Shadeless view is important for many reasons, mostly for painting. On Blender Internal, to see a shadeless model you had to delete/move lamps off the view, cumbersome but at list it was possible. On Cycles, it wasn’t possible until now. Welcome Shadeless 3D View! [r60783]
Koro, our main character, is getting brand new rigging!
Rigging is what makes 3D models move and appear alive. Juan Pablo Bouza made BlenRig time ago, a super configurable biped rig. Now he’s taking it to another level to make it a fully featured quadruped rig, with special little things we need to push the cartoon side on this movie.
We really want Caminandes: Episode 2 (codenamed project Pampa by us :) to be very cartoon, much more than the first one. So having a crazy rig like this will allow us plenty of weird shapes and expressions that we couldn’t make before. Can’t wait to see what Hjalti can do with it!
Here we had our first meeting with Juan Pablo (he’s in Argentina)
I couldn’t help to walk around and record some bits.