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The Blender Foundation – a new way of funding animation


Sintel (2010)

There is no denying that hand-drawn animation is out of favour in the commercial cinema. The trend towards computer graphic (CG) animation started in 1995 with Toy Story from Pixar. This was followed by Toy Story 2 and 3. The DreamWorks studios jumped on the CG bandwagon with Shrek (2001) which was also very successful and led to sequels. The last hand drawn Disney feature film, The Princess and the Frog (2009), was a disappointment at the box office when compared with successful CG animation.

Where does this leave the home animator who may have ambitions to break into the animation business? CG animation is probably the best way to go. Unfortunately the kind of software used by the major studios would be very expensive for a young animation enthusiast to purchase, even in the student version. Fortunately the Blender Foundation have made CG animation software available free of charge. They rely on donations and volunteers to develop and improve the software.

Cel Shading: the Unsung Hero of Animation?


Left: a computer graphics render with soft shadows. Right: a cel shader and border detection.

This is a guest post by Olivia Lennox.

As you’ll well know, there are far more animation techniques out there than the average movie-goer or TV watcher knows about. You can’t blame them for only really knowing about stop-motion animation, CGI animation, and what goes into shows like The Simpsons and Family Guy. These techniques are what ‘make it big’, and what can be seen on screens, both big and small, all over the world. But there are plenty of other forms of animation that don’t get the credit they deserve.

Café Serré by Denis Bouyer (2009)

A cop in a diner is too busy eating a donut to notice a robbery taking place. This computer animation is by Vincent E Sousa, Bertrand Avril, Yann de Préval and Denis Bouyer. The production time was four weeks using 3dsMax, Photoshop and After Effects. Produced at Supinfocom Arles, France.

Blind Spot by Cécile Dubois-Herry (2007)

An armed robbery takes place at a grocery store. The whole thing is recorded on the store’s video system but the fuzzy images lead to confusion. This computer animation was made at Gobelins, l’Ecole de l’Image, Paris, France. The co-directors were Johanna Bessière, Nicolas Chauvelot, Olivier Clert, Cécile Dubois-Herry, Yvon Jardel and Simon Rouby. More… Read More »