Last friday was our monthly Blender workshop and the day before, my attention was attracted by this post on Reddit. Rorts was mentioning this intriguing video “Zooms From Nowhere” by Chris Timms and was wondering how to do something like that in Blender. I thought this might be a good challenge for the Blender bpy/bge workshop since it seemed to involve python scripting.
Well, it was easier than we thought since there was already a script (addon) called “Import images as planes” available in Blender. We then had to figure out how the particle system worked (this is where you praise working on the same project with more than one brain).
Python scripting came later in the afternoon to scrape images from the internetz and feed the particle generator with “interesting” content. (See the googlesucker01.py file hacked in no time by Frankie Zafe)
Final render was baked during the weekend.
All the project files are available on our Github repo, with the necessary explanations to help you make your own “zooms into internetz culture”. If you make any, please send us a link. We’d love to watch.