mushroomer script and video

http://vimeo.com/14613119

hey guys, been working on a script for the past few weeks, hope you guys enjoy the results! henri hebeisen (riton) modelled some awesome glowing mushrooms and we got a chance to test out the mushroomer python script and set up some comps.

the scripts available for download but its no walk in the park to configure and run, and its definitely still beta. ill try and keep you posted!

Very cool looking. Did you base the mushroom movement on time-lapse footage of real mushrooms?

that is beautiful :smiley: especially liked the shot at 0:29, it was kinda epic (hmm, epic mushrooms :eyebrowlift2:)

I wish I knew Python… :frowning:

hey guys, thanks for the comments!
@turquoiserabbit: i think most of the mushrooms in the short were ones henri (riton, on http://blenderclan.tuxfamily.org/) modelled the shape keys and animation for. we’d been looking at lots of timelapse reference of decaying matter a while back for a shot in ‘tube’ (not allowed to say too much - dont want to spoil the surprise!). I tried to get the jittery look of a timelapse in a shot at 0:33 by adding noise and step fcurve modifiers to the shape key curves on my mushrooms before i distributed them. We were under a bit of time pressure (as interns we have to do real shots that are actually in ‘tube’ as well as ones for our own enjoyment!) so we abstracted the mushrooms design a bit. The opening shot shows the high poly mushrooms we modelled which turned out to be far too heavy meshes to do indirect lighting with (as approximate gather gets slower for every vertex you add as its calculated on a per vertex asis).

@meshweaver: python is great! i only started learning python 2 months ago - i’ve been using blender for a few years but never quite bit the bullet before! its much easier than most other languages (i know very rudimentary C as well as RhinoScript which is VisualBasic based, and have done some Grasshopper node based programming before: python was definitely easier to pick up than all of these) the python website has great documentation and the #blendercoders channel on freenode or the python forums here are very helpful when you get stuck on blender’s bpy API. of course it was of great benefit to have Bassam on hand in the early stages of the project to point out more efficient ways to do things etc!

J

beautiful - I must learn to use your script.

hey LiquidApe, thanks for the comment!
I’ve published all the documentation here:http://wiki.tube.freefac.org/wiki/Mushroomer
…and put in a few bug fixes thanks to user feedback.
Let me know if you have any luck with it - would be great to see if you manage to get it to work!
j