Build a Flywheel & Piston in Blender
What you'll learn
- Create a simple engine animation in two different models.
- Learn how to model in Blender
- Learn how to use armatures and bone to rig a model in Blender
- Practise using short cut key often used in Blender.
- Download Blender for their operation system.
- A three button mouse installed (Blender does not work well with the single button Mac mouse, so this should be replaced with an inexpensive 3 button USB mouse).
This course is about modelling, rigging and simple animation created in Blender. The key feature is learning how to use Armatures, Bones and Empty Objects to animate a group of Mesh Objects in a mechanical way.
In this course you will learn how to model a Flywheel and Piston System, then add armatures and empty object to rig the model, finishing Part 1 with a simple animated loop. In Part 2 you will build on the skills developed in Part 1 by building, rigging and animating 4 Pistons linked to a crankshaft, again creating a simple animated loop.
The is nearly 2 hours of video tutorials contained in the course. The terminology is based on key features used in Blender so that things can be easily identified. There are resources attached at the start of both Part 1 and Part 2. These files contain the finished models to be used to gauge how your own work in progressing. There are a number of Quizzes use to reinforce keyboard short-cuts or menus used during the modelling and rigging processes.
This course is for those learners wishing to further develop their skills in Blender.
Who this course is for:
- This course is designed for students who have started to use Blender and wish to enhance their skills, following on from my previous Blender courses.
- This course is for student wishing the learn how to animate mechanical systems in Blender.
- The course can also be used by those wishing to refresh their skills in Blender.
I have been a Media lecturer for twelve years, initially at UCE Birmingham and more recently at the Southern Regional College, where I was the Course Coordinator on the HND in Interactive Media Production and the new HND in Creative Media Production for three academic years.
My academic work involves designing and implementing courses from BTEC First Diploma Level 2 through to HND Level 5 courses; internal verification; planning and grading assignments; reviewing equipment and software needs for both classroom and studio based work; and pastoral care for students. I have also had a key role in setting up the NI SkillSet Academy between 2006 and 2008.
I have over thirty years experience in digital video, film and television, primarily as an editor but over the past twenty years also in production. I have worked for the BBC NI, UTV, RTE and many independent production companies. I have written numerous short scripts, which have been put into production and screened either in film festivals or broadcast on UK television. I have developed one of my feature film screenplays called 'The Fall' into a published novel and set up the new publishing company, Gullion Media Limited in 2008. I have been working with new authors to publish their books. To date the company has published 4 books: 'The Fall'; 'Hidden' ( both authored by George J. Kingsnorth); 'GeoCache' by Errol Bader and 'Stripping it back' by Billy Dixon.
With Jeff Marshall, as co-producer, I have written and director an award winning low-budget digital feature film called 'Fiddler's Walk'. I am currently producing a feature film called 'Monty's Quest'. In addition, I am co-producer, co-director and editor of the feature length documentary 'Bleeding Pines of Turpentine' (BPOT) about the devastation and recuperation of the long-leaf pines in North Carolina and how this has affected the local community. BPOT was the opening film at the 2nd Newry Film Festival 2013 on 16th September 2013.
Managing Director of Youtreetv Ltd, a new company set up to produce video tutorials for on-line courses November 2013 - present.
Managing Director of Gullion Media Limited, a new publishing company Sept 2007 – Current.
Lecturer in Media Production, Southern Regional College Sept 2004 – Feb 2014 (Currently on a career break).
Course Director/Senior Lecturer – Digital Television Technology & Production, TIC Dec 2002 – Sept 2004.
Freelance Editor/Director & Managing Director Blue Sphere Productions now Kingsnorth Films Ltd Aug 1997 – Current.
Avid Editor, Callister Communications Ltd, Lisburn May 1995 – Aug 1997.
Freelance Editor/Director, Belfast, June 1989 – May 1995.
Picture Editor, Anglia Television, Norwich – June 1988 – May 1989. Assistant Film Editor, BBC NI, Belfast, Dec 1984 – June 1988.
Inhouse Productions Ltd, Manchester, April 1984 – Dec 1984.
Education: Master of Education, 2013 University of Ulster.
Master of Arts Degree in Media Studies, 2005 University of Ulster.
Postgraduate Diploma in Further & Higher Education, 2008, University of Ulster.
Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Television Technology & Production, 2003 UCE.
Postgraduate Certificate in Popular Culture 2003 O.U.
BA in General Studies 1997, O.U.
H.N.D. Film & Television 1983 Bournemouth & Poole College of Art & Design.