Blender Rigging for Netflix Next Gen

Like many people, we took notice of the work for the new movie coming out from Netflix called “Next Gen” by  http://www.tangent-animation.ca/ 
Today we talked with Rigging Lead David Hearn (https://www.levelpixellevel.com) about rigging and about working with Blender on a large scale production. (We were also joined by friend and Blender master Charles Wardlaw )

Interview:

Listen to the interview podcast here, or on our microcast TechArtJam.com
Check out the trailer:

Next Gen
Be sure to check out the great Blender Robot projects that David has posted on his blog. Here is one of the latest “Machine Making Ep 6”
Main goals of this Machine:
  • To model and rig a full robot in Blender 3D
  • Build a double-jointed leg system using IK
  • Add an interesting city background and push the final composition.
  • Download the asset here: https://gum.co/LpTEb
  • Full Animation Test: https://youtu.be/WUj4sFzvGpU

https://www.levelpixellevel.com/machinemaking/machine-making-episode-6-full-robot (check out the full blog post for more behind the scenes)

Blender Rigging resources:

Our friends from the Nimble Collective have a great set of getting started in Blender from a Maya user point of view along with making their first short film on their cloud production platform.

What? You don’t know what Nimble is or that you can create animation on the cloud without ever having to download anything? Like Google Doc and Drive but for creating films and art! Watch them take over the Microsoft Store and show you how their awesome virtual remote production pipeline works!

Now ready for more learning in Blender? Keep going!

Blender Rigging Features:

First check out the latest build Blender 2.8
https://www.blender.org/2-8/

Check out the features by yourself by playing with these files provided by the community.

Great Rigify Addon – Great place for beginning rigging in blender
Blen Rig – Auto Rigging Solution
Great place to start rigging in blender:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0U3NjTvwdWI

Blender Bendy Bones Example
Blender 2.8 New Armature Display settings
Blender 2.8 new collections and groups
Blender 2.8 Animation + Eevee
Great Intro To Python In Blender
Learning Blender:
Free Blender Models

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