[Bf-education] STEM Educator Seeks "Blender In The Bay"

Rafiki Cai | Technologist-In-Residence rcai3 at usfca.edu
Thu May 2 19:15:14 CEST 2013

Blessings and Peace:

Layne, your communique today is such a welcome rain of grace.
Its the boost I needed, because I'm not feeling 100% today.  Receiving
a show of altruism is the spiritual vitamin that I need.

Before I waste your time, let be sure that I'm not hugging the wrong tree.

I know that Blender is primarily for Maya style activity (2D, 3D
animations) and
is not Final Cut Pro or Premiere.  That being said I have reason to believe
there is some very basic video handling and editing capabilities in
Blender.  Am
I totally off queue with that?  (BTW, as you've honed your Blender skills
have you
by any chance also keyed in on Final Cut or Premiere?)

Here's what my mission entails: bluntly put a weaving together of video and


I'm setting out to curate a collection of Big Idea talks (TED style) where
presenters will deliver in front of a white or green screen.  Then I'll
have the
task of commanding the background canvas, to help make their story and ideas
come alive.

For example, there may be a faux stage created by the speaker.  Or there
even be Whiteboard Fast Draw style animations synced to the green screen
(this would seem totally in bounds for Blender).

In the instance of stitching stock video elements into the background
canvas quilt,
along with animations, would this still rest solidly within Blender

Are Sunday/Mondays good times for you.  Is Memorial Day weekend totally off
I'll glance to see where the local Marriott locations are, in case we want
to weave a
couple of sessions together over two days.  Please feel free to define and
declare with
me, how much time you feel you'll have to contribute.  Thanks SO much.

It would be a great help if I could glance at some work you've done with
'especially' if it involves video footage.  My direct number is

In Service of THE ONENESS,
Rafiki "The Digital Doctor" Cai

On Thu, May 2, 2013 at 8:57 AM, <lhall at 3ddesigncreations.com> wrote:

> Hello Rafiki,
>   My name is Layne Hall and I am not a Cert. Blender Trainer, however
> I do use Blender professionally 100%. Mainly modeling some animation
> etc. I do live a few hours north of you Grass Valley Ca. and might be
> able to give you some face time. I do not know everything (not even
> close) about the software but I might be able to get you started. I
> picked up Blender about 3 years ago and spent a 2 years (thank God for
> my wife's awesome job) doing nothing but learning the program and the
> basics of modeling, animation and rigging, materials-textures, UV
> mapping, topology, basic particle systems and Blender physics hard
> body soft body etc, and more.
> Like others have said there are 100s of tutorials out there, most of
> them are great and will teach you something no matter what version was
> used to make the tutorial.
> There is an advantage to face to face learning especially for a
> beginner and because Blender has been great to me for the past 8
> months I would be willing to help a future BH if our schedules and
> time allows.
> Peace...Layne
> Quoting Rafiki Cai | Technologist-In-Residence <rcai3 at usfca.edu>:
> > Blessings and Peace:
> >
> > I am a technologist and educator, tasked with exposing first generation
> > college applicants to the possibilities inside of Science, Technology,
> > Engineering and
> > Math (STEM).
> >
> > Video has become such a digital capital these days, from a number of
> > perspectives.
> > I'd like to incorporate video into my Web Application Development seminar
> > this summer, even though I have no strength in video and media arts.
> >
> > What would I like to accomplish visa vi Blender?
> >
> > 1) showcase the dynamics of Open Source culture (i.e., creative crowd
> > sourcing)
> >
> > 2) basic exposure to Blender (to the point of building background
> elements
> > for green screen video footage)
> >
> > ------
> >
> > Bay Area Blender Masters, I need you.  I need you to school me on
> Blender:
> > a train the trainer sort of thing.  (I'm thinking mostly virtually so,
> with
> > some face-to-face meets- if possible.)
> >
> > I searched for a Blender Meet-Up in the Bay Area but found none.  Thus,
> I'm
> > turning to this list.
> >
> > Looking forward to responses.
> >
> > In Service of THE ONENESS,
> > Rafiki "The Digital Doctor" Cai
> >
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