Animating with Blender: How to Create Short Animations from Start to Finish

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Taylor & Francis, 2009 - Computers - 352 pages
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Blender has become one of the most popular 3D and animation tools on the market, with over 2 million users, and it is free! Animating with Blender is the definitive resource for creating short animation projects from scratch, the ideal platform for experimenting with animation.

Blender expert and author Roland Hess walks you through the entire process of creating a short animation, from writing to storyboarding and blocking, through character creation, animation and rendering.

* Learn the ropes from Roland Hess, one of Blender's developers and a community guru for this FREE animation program, which was used in the previz for Spiderman 2

* Create a single short animation project from start to finish, take an in-depth look into how all of the Blender tools work together

* Study, pick apart and reuse all of the files from the animation referenced throughout the book, with the Blender software and sample animation files included on the companion DVD
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 An Overview of the Short Animation Process
1
Chapter 2 Story Story Story
13
Chapter 3 Organization
25
Chapter 4 Storyboarding and the Story Reel
29
Chapter 5 Character Design and Creation
57
Chapter 6 Libraries and Linking
77
Chapter 7 Rough Sets Blocking and an Animatic ...
97
Chapter 8 Good Sound
117
Chapter 11 Animation
187
Chapter 12 Lip Sync
215
Chapter 13 Final Sets and Backgrounds
223
Chapter 14 Simulation
243
Chapter 15 Rendering and Compositing
287
Chapter 16 Final Edit and Output
325
Afterword
345
Index
347

Chapter 9 Rigging and Skinning
127
Chapter 10 Facial Motion and Controls
161

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Roland Hess is the leading expert on Blender. He is one of a handful of people who has been involved with Blender since its inception, and is a key voice in the community. Hess brings a unique perspective to Blender instruction that bridges the difficult gap between technical knowledge and artistic expression. Hess wrote Focal Press titles: Animating with Blender (2009) and Tradigital Blender (2011)
Roland Hess is the leading expert on Blender. He is one of a handful of people who has been involved with Blender since its inception, and is a key voice in the community. Hess brings a unique perspective to Blender instruction that bridges the difficult gap between technical knowledge and artistic expression. Hess wrote Focal Press titles: Animating with Blender (2009) and Tradigital Blender (2011)

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