While you’re eagerly awaiting the results of the Blender World Cup, here is The Beast. You can head to the main website to watch a streaming version and find the download links (720p, mid and low def). Note that links have been bolded, as ba.org doesn’t show them too well in posts on some systems.
You can also go straight to vimeo.com for a streaming HD version!
Clicking on the low res images below brings up the 720p version of the frame:
It’s my first animated short, created as a learning tool and companion piece for my new book Animating with Blender: How to Create Short Animations from Start to Finish. You can click the image above to hit the main website: thebeast.harkyman.com. The short was created in my “spare time” over the course of several months, with the then-in-development Blender 2.46.
The book itself covers everything you need to know to get your short animation project off the ground: story development; character design; prop, set, and character management; libraries and linking; compositing; lighting; materials; rigging; animation; compositing; editing; even sound! Yes, there are a lot of specific skills and techniques discussed, but the book really has two main goals: to show you how to put your Blender knowledge to work in the context of short animations, and, best of all, how to actually see your project through to a successful conclusion.
As I admit on the project page, the animation isn’t everything I hoped it would be. There are some things I’d have loved to have spent more time on – little bits that I’m not thrilled with – but that’s any project. Onto something new, and we spin things off into the world behind us and hope they do okay.
That said, I hope you get a smile or two from the four minutes you spend watching it.