The Blender Show
Summary: The Blender Show is a variety show about computer animation and open source 3D software like Blender. We examine how art and technology affects our tools and culture, with an emphasis on creation and community.
In this episode, Ian describes and demos his new motion capture-based museum exhibit created using a Kinect, Blender, and Processing. He then takes his prototype to the TEDxUF conference to put it to the test. If it all works out, kids will learn how birds fly. Download .mp4
Professional animator Cory Collins joins Ian to talk about what it takes to go from being a hobbyist 3D artist to a professional 3D artist. Along the way, they touch on quitting your job, finding local opportunities, and the importance of using animatics. Download .mp4
What's the difference between using Blender and loving Blender? Ian talks about the scientific distinction between "messing around" and "geeing out" and how that relates to the Blender community. Download .mp4
We define ourselves in the 3D animation world by the tools we use. Should we be more indifferent about our software or more passionate about our digital hammers? Download .mp4
It's difficult to get a precise measurement of tornado wind speed without actually going inside a tornado. Armed with Blender's new motion tacking features, Ian tries to fix that. Download .mp4
Ian and Wray politely point out common animation pitfalls, the importance of recording your own audio, and why your mind's eye is your first render.
In this audio-only episode, Ian and Wray discuss the various ways they discovered and learned to love Blender, the LEGO paradigm, and the computer viruses that come with cracking other pieces of 3D software.
Nature, Blender, and Ian's favorite topic. Download .mp4
Ian Elsner and new co-host Wray Bowling discuss the release of the first stable version of Blender 2.5 and Blender's history in this historically and geographically far-reaching episode. | Download .mp4
Ian outlines information access from historical and technological contexts. | Download .mp4
Chemical Engineering Major Etai Dvora discusses the difference between analog and digital 2D creation and demos a Wacom tablet. | Download .mp4
Mimicking Soviet engineering in Blender | Download .mp4
Some musings on the creative process. | Download .mp4
Art instructor and artist Jeff Distefano describes his own inspirations and his relationship with digital art. | Download .mp4
Ian talks about Blender in Beijing. | Download .mp4