[Bf-education] Siggraph educator Birds of Feather

W. Scott Meador wsmeador at me.com
Fri Nov 25 15:20:58 CET 2011

Hi Ton!

I am interested in presenting at the BoF. I am teaching courses called Visual Effects Animation and Visual Effects Compositing in a Digital Filmmaking program. The Animation course is all Blender and the Compositing course is mostly After Effects, but we have a section on compositing 3D rendering. We have also been using Syntheyes in the Compositing course, but I am interested in moving our tracking to Blender. My Animation course did do some tracking with the Tomato branch this semester.

We also recently built a small compute cluster in cooperation with faculty in Computer Science and Mathematics that my students and I have used for rendering tasks. I wrote a Python script to make it easier for the students to submit jobs to the cluster. Two of the nodes have Cuda hardware that I intend to use with Cycles soon (will have worked with it a lot by next summer).

Last, my colleagues and I produced a stereo3D film with almost all virtual scenery, which was created in Blender. The film is still in post production, but should be complete by January.

BTW, I used to teach 3D animation at Purdue University in the department of Computer Graphics Technology where we were very Autodesk-centric and I was a certified instructor for 3dsmax years ago. I know what it is like being in that environment compared to the open-ness of Blender and the Blender community.

Please let me know if any of this sounds useful for the BoF. I could put together a more cohesive proposal asap if that would be more helpful.

Best Regards,

Scott Meador
Assistant Professor of Digital Filmmaking
Department of Mass Communication and Theatre
University of Central Arkansas

On Nov 25, 2011, at 5:00 AM, bf-education-request at blender.org wrote:
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> Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2011 13:33:40 +0100
> From: Ton Roosendaal <ton at blender.org>
> Subject: [Bf-education] Siggraph educator Birds of Feather
> To: Blender Educators and Trainers <bf-education at blender.org>
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> Hi all,
> Marc Barr, SIGGRAPH Education Committee Chair, has asked me if Blender  
> Foundation would be interested organizing a "Birds of a Feather" for  
> educators.
> It could be about free/open learning of 3D creation at schools/ 
> colleges. Stuff that's by-default not possible with Adesk sw :)
> Although I think it's cool to have educators meet there and discuss  
> matters, it would be much more interesting if such a BoF would be  
> presented/hosted well, with use cases and some presenters.
> Anyone on this list interested, and already planning to visit Siggraph  
> LA 2012?
> Thanks,
> -Ton-
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